Morning Free Association: How Many Overtimes Does it Take For the Bruins to Win

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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.

Like so many games this postseason in the bubble and in the season of The Beforetimes, the B’s let in a goal against first. Don’t worry, David Pastrnak found his scoring touch just before the period ended.

Early in the second, Charlie Coyle scored after a controversial series of events in front of the Canes’ net. With puck in the air and then landing, it looked like a hand pass would be the call. However, the puck went down after possibly hitting a Canes player, Petr Mrazek covered the puck briefly but not completely, the puck squirted out and gave Coyle the opportunity.

Caroline coach Rod Brind’Amour challenged the goal based upon it being a hand pass. The review upheld the goal and the Canes received a bench penalty for Delay of Game. However, it didn’t take long for Brock McGinn to score shorthanded on a breakaway. Pasta giveth and Pasta taketh away.

The line that was buzzing today was the second line of Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, and Ondrej Kase. In fact, Krejci and Kase seemed to have developed a fast chemistry, with Kase doing some good netfront work.

This new partnership culminated in an early third period go-ahead goal by Krejci.

Poor DeBrusk was not having the puck luck. It seemed his timing was just a bit off when he would shoot the one-timer from a teammate in a bad area of the net. This happened a couple of times.

In a surprise to no one, Carolina tied up the game halfway through the third. The game that was delayed then postponed then rescheduled by multiple overtime periods was going into overtime.

Even though the game was tied up, Charlie McAvoy was instrumental in making sure it didn’t get worse.

In the first overtime period, Andrei Svechnikov tried his signature Lacrosse Goal which he used to score not once but twice this season. With a really good read, Brandon Carlo said, “Not today, Satan!”, as he knocked him off the puck.

Yes, more time in additional extra period was required to solve this match. Luckily, it only required 1:13, excellent teamwork, and Patrice Bergeron.

So good, let’s watch it again!

Bruins win 4-3. They hadn’t won a game since March 12th, so it was good to see.

Bruins will be back at it tonight at 8pm. Will it be Tuukka or Halak tonight?

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BTW, was that Nick or Brett in the Ritchie jersey last night?

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Played like Brett

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Watching Kase – and maybe it’s just rust – it seems like he *knows* the right place to be, but has to think too hard about it. Like it’s not instinctual, which means he has no finish. Maybe his job will be to cause trouble & then feed Krejci for the points? Or maybe he’ll get up to game speed soon and that little delay will go away?

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Agreed on Kase. He looks to be forcing it, a bit. I guess that means there is potential for much more from him. He has some chemistry with Krejci, but a fire hydrant could develop chemistry with Krejci…. the hydrant could just deflect pucks home from the slot.

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Big thunderstorm just starting. Hope it cools things down and doesn’t knock out my power/internet!

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Morning all. Logged onto work with one minute to spare!
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Showing your bosses that dedication!
Do you get paid extra for the extra ~53 seconds?

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Totally logging off one minute early,

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They hadn’t won a game since March 12th, so it was good to see

Not only that – they hadn’t even LED a game in the bubble. Good to see them turn it on when it counts, but still a long way from peak form.

No puck luck for Debrusk but Brick made an excellent point about how he wasn’t helping himself by not getting into as good a position as he could have done.

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Woo hoo! Hockey is back!! For real, now. I’m hoping the Bruins will continue to improve. They’ll need to if they plan to make a run. They didn’t exactly stink up the joint, but had some lapses in defensive coverage…. And that attempted pass by Pasta, yeesh.
If the team’s keep playing overtimes, they will present the Cup sometime around Christmas.
Oh yeah, I should probably salute Mr Perfect, as Bergy did his thing. Great to see the top two lines clicking. When Krejci is going strong, so are the Bruins….
No autocorrect, I did not intend to spell Mexico… How do you get that out of Krejci? WTF?

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Hey autocorrect, you’re not even switched on. Scary.

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The other day I mentioned in a message to my dad that I was eating miso soup – but it got changed to misogyny soup… Make up your own punchline!

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Eat that misogyny soup before your wife throws it at you!! grin