May 28 (UPI) -- Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug delivered a thunderous hit on St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
With play shifting to the other side of the ice, Krug and Blues forward David Perron remained tangled in front of Boston goalie Tuukka Rask. As the players separated from the scuffle, Perron pulled off Krug's helmet as he shoved him off.
Krug, still helmet-less, raced up the ice and lowered his shoulder into Thomas along the left wing boards. The Blues forward crashed to the ice as the TD Garden crowd in Boston roared Monday night following the big hit.
"I think it gave our team energy, and that's all you're trying to do out there," Krug told reporters. "Hopefully it gave the guys a boost on the bench."
The Bruins led the Blues 3-2 halfway through the final period at the time of Krug's monstrous check. Boston forward Brad Marchand added an empty-netter late in the third to clinch the Bruins' Game 1 win in the Stanley Cup Final.
Krug has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in 18 games this postseason. Game 2 is Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston.