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Torey Krug was an emergency call-up early last week, the Bruins in the midst of a continuing multiple-car pileup in their defensive zone. Wade Redden was out. Andrew Ference was on crutches. Dennis Seidenberg, often paired with Zdeno Chara, joined the brotherhood of the hobbled.
Thoughts of a second Stanley Cup in three seasons? Unreeling faster than the spools of medical tape in the trainer’s room.
Now Krug is a two-game playoff veteran with two goals and a smile almost as infectious as his game. Combining his play with that of Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski, the Wee Three D (average age 22) have saved the Bruins’ season.
“They’ve played awesome,’’ said veteran blue liner Johnny Boychuk. “They haven’t at all looked like they’re in awe.’’