Blue Line Buzz: A Matter of Time
Blue Line Buzz: A Matter of Time

This article is part of our Blue Line Buzz series.

It took 14 games and 44 shots on goal, but Torey Krug finally got the monkey off his back. After a painful start to the season where nothing seemed to be going in, Krug's top-shelf slapper against Columbus gave him his first goal of the season, sparking a three-game winning streak for the Bruins.

It's funny how that works. Just as fantasy owners began to lose patience with the two-time 40-point scorer, Krug managed to get on the board. He's not the only one to start the season on a cold streak, though.

The following list of top defensemen who have yet to score a goal reads like an all-star team, and like Krug, it'll only be a matter of time until they score:

PLAYERGAMESSHOTS
Colton Parayko1643
Dustin Byfuglien1742
Keith Yandle1542
John Carlson1339
Duncan Keith1837
Erik Johnson1431
Rasmus Ristolainen1528
Ryan McDonagh1625
T.J. Brodie1622

Speaking of first goals, Vancouver's Troy Stecher's first career goal was particularly memorable. The increasingly popular rookie played 21:43 on Sunday against Dallas (second most among Canucks defensemen) and with 1:40 remaining in the game trailing 4-3, made Jamie Benn look silly at the blue line before wiring a low slap shot past Kari Lehtonen to send the game to overtime.


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Jason Chen
Jason joined RotoWire in 2013. In 2014, he was a finalist for the FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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