One of the bigger moments in the Bruins' Game 1 Stanley Cup win was Torey Krug and David Perron getting into a wrestling match on one end of the ice and then Krug getting up with his helmet off and laying a big hit on Robert Williams in the opposite zone.
Speaking with Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Perron explained his side of things beginning with the wrestling match.
“At the time, we are obviously not playing a good game,” Perron said. “We are down, 3-2. There are 10 or so minutes to go. The penalties are at 4-1, 5-1, 5-2, 4-2, whatever, right around there. I think I can push the envelope a little bit. At worst, I feel like I’m getting [my team] a 4-on-4. If he gives me an extra slash or something, maybe we get on the power play. That was my perspective.”
He added: “I was pretty exhausted, so I figured he was. I only heard the crowd. I didn’t see the hit. I had to see it yesterday. You never want to see a teammate get hit like that, for sure. It was a good response by him, and momentum for them. ... It could have turned in many ways. Maybe he takes another penalty from that [hit on Thomas]. It’s really tough to say. It didn’t work out for us. But, when you feel the game getting away from you, you are trying to do things to change that.”
As for if the hit was dirty or should have been called charging, Perron didn't want to fully get into it, but indicated it may have been a bit much.
“I don’t really want to comment on this,” he said. “I agree with both sides of it. If you are playing for the Bruins, you are like, great hit. From our perspective, well, he took a lot of strides. I know he glided into it a little bit, but he’s coming with a lot of force, a little bit reckless. That’s all I can say. I can see both sides of it. I’m not the ref. I’ll let them decide.”
The Bruins and Blues will meet in Game 2 Wednesday night.