After being delayed in playing their first game of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Boston Bruins required extra time to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes. Twenty-one minutes and 13 seconds of overtime to be exact.
With each game the Bruins have played within the bubble in Toronto their play has improved and the rust — a word that Bruce Cassidy declined to say was an accurate term — has gradually shaken off. It’s a good thing too, since the Hurricanes are a dangerous team. You wouldn’t know by just looking at the shot totals for the Canes through 4+ periods: 4-4-6-12-1 (28) to the Bruins 9-12-7-11-1 (40). However, looking at Tuukka Rask’s sub .900 save percentage (.893 in 80:52 TOI), one can understand how potent those shots were. Three goals on 28 shots, hell, more like 21 shots or so. Were it not for goal support, we may be talking about a loss. Continue reading →
If you tuned into NESN or NBCSNPDQ+ last night around 8pm expecting to see the start of the first game in the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins, you would have been surprised to find that no such game was on at that time. Instead, you would have seen the 3rd or 4th overtime in the first game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning. It went into 5 overtimes before the match would be resolved. Continue reading →
The New York Rangers lost their qualifying round series without a single win. Despite being the first team knocked out of the 24-team postseason/ season-wrap-up tournament, they still had to vie with 7 other teams (Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, and the Winnipeg Jets) to be crowned the winner of the Alexis Lafrenière sweepstakes. Continue reading →
They didn’t win a single game of the round-robin. However, in their last game against the Washingyon Capitals, the Boston Bruins seemed to have more energy, more compete than they had had in either of their last 2 games. So, there’s hope that when the B’s play their first official playoff game, they will kick themselves into that extra gear. They better find it quickly as they will be facing the Carolina Hurricanes starting on Tuesday night. Continue reading →