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Krug joins list of ailing defensemen

11/23/2013

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are already down two defensemen -- Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg -- due to injury, so the sight of Torey Krug limping off the ice in the waning minutes of regulation had most thinking the worst.

After blocking a shot by the Hurricanes' Manny Malhotra with less than four minutes to play, Krug needed help down the tunnel but was able to return to the bench a few moments later. However, he did not play another shift.

"I guess when you make bonehead plays, you've got to do something to help out," he said. "I'm all right."

Initially, even Krug thought it was worse.

"Yeah, I thought so," he said. "It was tough to stand up, but I'm all right. It caught me on the inside [of the foot], and it's not a good feeling.

"It's a sigh of relief, too, once you realize you're OK. It's not fun when you're laying there and you've got to get up and get off the ice."

With both McQuaid and Seidenberg dealing with lower-body injuries, rookie Kevan Miller has been in the lineup the past two games and has played well for the Bruins.

"He's been great. He's even been a bit of a calming influence," Krug said. "When he goes back for pucks he makes the right play almost every time, and he's really good at eating the puck, too, when he doesn't have options. He can take that hit and then move the puck."

Bruins coach Claude Julien gave his players Sunday off, so Krug will be given a day of rest before preparing for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night at the Garden.