Last night was the final game of the Boston Bruins regular season. A retiring Rene Rancourt sang the anthem for the last time in a regular season then came out to center ice to perform the ceremonial puck drop with Zdeno Chara and Milton-born Keith Yandle.
Oof! That game last night was not a pretty or great way to end the season. Even though they had nothing to play for other than pride, the Florida Panthers chipped away at the Bruins all night, once allowing them within one and then taking that away, winning 4-2.
So, that means that the Bruins finish in second in the Atlantic and take on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs starting on Thursday at 7pm.
I think the boys could use a little time to rest and regroup. Rick and Riley Nash, aka Two Nashty, will be back in the lineup by then, stabilizing the second and third lines. Bruce Cassidy is going to have to figure out which defensive pairings will be most effective, whether Nick Holden or Adam McQuaid is better suited to play. With Rick Nash drawing back in after recovering from his concussion, one forward will have to sit along with Brian Gionta and Tommy Wingels. My bet is that it’s Sean Kuraly, who is back skating after his own head injury.
Who do you sit on defense and on offense?