Boston Bruins: Claude Julien Showing Guts With 3 Forwards in Overtime
Claude Julien has played three forwards and one defenseman in overtime for two straight games, and you have to love this move. Julien is notorious for his defensive scheme and solid two-way hockey through out 60 minutes so it is surprising to see him go all-in during overtime. He is usually so conservative throughout the game, but the aggression has paid of twice now in back-to-back games. David Krejci scored an overtime goal against the Carolina Hurricanes and Torey Krug was set up by Brad Marchand 36 seconds in to overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Boston Bruins finally have the ability to play aggressive in overtime and on the power play. Krug finally gives them an offensive option at the point, and he has been outstanding. He has made few errors defensively while playing aggressively by keeping plays alive and having a knack for scoring timely goals. His vision and hands are absurd for a defenseman. I find it hard to believe that the Bruins would use a defenseman as aggressive as Krug based off of their conservative nature.
When you really think about the overtime games, the Bruins have played with four forwards when Krug has been on the ice. Because of their aggressive nature and willingness to gamble just a little they have six points to show for it. I love the aggression by Julien and I love that Bruins have the ability to take chances while still playing intelligently.