More playoff action tonight. The Bruins are in Tampa for game #5 of their 2nd round playoff series. Their backs are up against the wall, as the Bolts lead the series 3-1.
Last game the Bruins were the better team for most of the game, coming out to a one-goal lead in the 3rd period before a brief (un-called) Kucherov hold on Charlie McAvoy led to him falling and delivering the puck to Steven Stamkos in scoring position. They would lose in OT. The Bruins had performed their new trick of spotting the opposing team two goals in the first, but subsequently managed to pull their heads out of their asses with a power play goal by David Pastrnak. They kept the puck in black & gold hands for roughly all of the 2nd period, only the first special teams units have been scoring for Boston, including the short-handed goal from Bergeron & Marchand that gave them the lead in the 3rd.
Speaking of Marchand, it seems that he’s gotten the attention of the league:
NHL’s Colin Campbell spoke with Boston’s Brad Marchand and GM Don Sweeney today. The League put the player on notice that his actions last night are unacceptable and similar behavior in the future will be dealt with by way of supplemental discipline.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 5, 2018
Apparently Marchy has finally run afoul of the rule against licking other players.
Oh, there isn’t one? Well it must be the rule against being icky.
Nope. Not one of those.
It must be the “Super secret double probationary rule against doing something harmless that makes Canada whine like a bunch of children.”
(a.k.a. the secret Sean Avery rule)
Ok, ya babies, go clutch those pearls.
Anyway the Bruins appear to be ready to call off Brad’s tongue:
Bruce Cassidy on Brad Marchand: “Brad has to stop licking. That’s the end of the story.”
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 5, 2018
Another occurrence of note was a referee taking a spill en-route to the goal-line and spinning comically into the boards. It was less comical when he was unable to return to the ice for the OT period due to injury. It sounds like that injury was actually pretty serious.
Francois St. Laurent, the referee who fell into the boards :18 into the 3rd last night in Boston, actually officiated the remaining 19:42 of the period with a broken collarbone. #StanleyCup
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) May 5, 2018
Torey Krug was also injured in the 3rd period in game #4 with a nasty slide into the kickplate, and anyone with a brain assumes he has a broken ankle or foot.
Torey Krug is out tomorrow.
— Fluto Shinzawa (@FlutoShinzawa) May 5, 2018
Yeah, I’m shocked. This is a big deal though, since Krug is a huge weapon on the Bruins #1 power play unit and has been a point-per-game player in this postseason. Given the Bruins apparent inability to score on Tampa in 5-on-5 play, this may be the critical blow that ends the Bruins playoff run this afternoon.
Come on Bruins, shoot, score win.
Let’s do some lines.
Brian Gionta and Ryan Donato were in the lineup last game in place of Riley Nash and Danton Heinen.
AHLers Postma, Breen & Czarnik have supposedly been called up, but it is Nick Holden who is the obvious choice to fill Torey Krug’s shoes. (They are something like a mens size 6 and the left one may still have a foot in it, so shake them out before putting ’em on)
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|Tuukka Rask||(Anton Khudobin)|
Cory Conacher, Jake Dotchin, and Adam Erne have not gotten a lot of ice time lately.
I was fooled by Yanni Gourde not participating in morning skate Wednesday – it was due to his wife giving birth to their child. He played and was effective enough. Everyone is expected to play tonight. (h/t @CaleyChelios)
J.T. Miller — Steven Stamkos — Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat — Brayden Point — Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn — Anthony Cirelli — Yanni Gourde
Chris Kunitz — Cedric Paquette — Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman — Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh — Anton Stralman
Brayden Coburn — Mikhail Sergachev