Tonight, The Boston Bruins return to the TD Garden with their series against the New York Islanders tied at 2 apiece. On Saturday, the Bruins lost the lead and failed to score more than one goal against the Isles while Mathew Barzal woke up in the third and scored the game winner.
In that game, David Krejci performed a cup check on young Barzal after the latter cross-checked David Krejci multiple time in the back. As our own Bagel Bruin informed us yesterday on Bearly on Topic, there’s little protection in that area and it really hurts when you get checked there once, nevermind multiple times. The on-ice officials called a major so that they could review their call. As it turned out, they muffed the Barzal infraction and decided to downgrade Krejci’s to a 2 minute slashing. Of course, the NHL Department of Player Safety decided to hand out a $5000 fine to Krejci after the game.
Boston’s David Krejci has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for Slashing NY Islanders’ Mathew Barzal.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) June 6, 2021
As it turns out, this is the second fine handed down to a Bruins player in the past week; Jake DeBrusk was left $5K lighter in his wallet for cross-checking Scott Mayfield in the back of his head.
Boston’s Jake DeBrusk has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for Cross-checking NY Islanders’ Scott Mayfield.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) June 1, 2021
So, yeah, that’s going great.
Speaking of greatness, Patrice Bergeron, perhaps the greatest defensive center to ever play the game, was named a finalist for the Selke Trophy a record 10th straight time. Florida’s Alexander Barkov and Vegas’ Mark Stone are the other finalists. This season, Bergy finished with a faceoff percentage of 62.25, the highest of his career. Known for his ability to play 200 feet all the time and backcheck like there’s no tomorrow, the captain also had 3 short handed goals on the year. Only his linemate, Brad Marchand, had more with 4. I hope that Patrice wins this one so he can finally surpass Bob Gainey with 5 wins.