Torey Krug was minutes away from that quintessential minor league hockey experience — the long and tedious bus ride — when he received an unexpected and tremendously exciting phone call.

He wasn’t going to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He was coming to Boston. Very, very big difference.

With half their defensive corps suddenly injured, the Bruins had little option other than the recall of the undersized Krug — 22-year-old veteran of three NHL games, none, needless to say, of the playoff variety.

And sure enough, four days after the Bruins ended Round 1 with maybe the most miraculous late comeback in team history, Krug produced another pretty sweet story line — scoring a very big goal in what turned out to be a 3-2 overtime win for the Bruins against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“It’s kind of crazy,” said the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Krug. “It was one of those things you dream about as a kid. I came up here preparing as though I was going to play. I was lucky enough to get in the lineup and I helped the team win. That was my goal, so I’m very happy.”