BOSTON (AP) -- Torey Krug became an instant favorite in Boston when he was called up during last year's playoffs and had four goals in the first five NHL postseason games of his career.
Boston 4, Winnipeg 1
After a quick start this season, with six goals in about a month, the 22-year-old defenseman slowed down and was scoreless for 11 straight games. In the first period Saturday against Winnipeg, he had a giveaway in the Bruins' zone that helped the Jets take a 1-0 lead.
"That's frustrating," said Krug, who assisted on the tying goal and then scored twice to lead Boston to a 4-1 victory. "It's all about putting it into the past and forgetting about it."
Daniel Paille also scored for Boston, and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for the Bruins before they embark on a three-game California trip.
Dustin Byfuglien scored and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 25 shots for Winnipeg. The Jets have lost two in a row since bringing a three-game winning streak into the new year.
The Bruins took a 2-1 lead 3 minutes into the second when Krug wristed one through traffic and made it 3-1 four minutes later when he put another wrist shot on net and it was redirected past the goalie by Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.
"He handled himself well. He played well. When he's on top of his game, offensively, he makes things happen," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Just a few times it's about him making safe plays.
Krug, who got a stick in the face on his final shift and had two cuts on his lip to show for it, said he was hoping that the first goal would have been tipped in by Justin Florek, who was making his NHL debut. The second one was first credited to Carl Soderberg before it was changed to Krug.
There were three fights in the game, with Zdeno Chara matching up against Chris Thorburn in the first period, followed 2 seconds later by Matt Fraser and James Wright. McQuaid fought with former Bruin Mark Stuart in the third period.
"It was an opportunity for me to do something during the game early on, so I was trying to get into it," Thorburn said. "But any time you can get Chara off the ice too, a guy of his caliber, that's also a plus."
It was Julien's 500th game as B's coach.