Uh huh. Guess who forgot to write up anything last night?
In fairness, I didn’t watch the game. You all remember how much I hate the Minnesota Mild after watching the most miserable playoff series of the 2015-16 season, the one in which Minnesota played the most lackluster and boring hockey one could imagine and still didn’t get swept by the Dallas Stars. Playoff hockey is supposed to be exciting. It definitely wasn’t. That I “had” to write it all up made me watch, so, yeah shame on me I guess.
So, I don’t watch the Mild even when they’re supposed to be better. And guess what, they were better than our team last night. I caught a little just because I haven’t watched many games on ESPN yet so it was more about the broadcast crew than anything else. You know how I love me some Rhode Island flavour in the guise of one Brian Boucher. And AJ Mleczko is local as well. So it’s nice to have that New England team showing up for the New England team.
Anyway, we tuned in to watch the Bruins score first on the power play, Taylor Hall’s 7th goal on the season.
Taylor Hall fires one home on the power play.
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) January 7, 2022
But then, it got worse with the Bruins taking at some bad penalties together making it a 5-on-3 and eventually a Minnesota lead of 2-1.
So, we turned off the game for quite a while. We came back in the third after all the scores and well the Bruins lost 3-2. Have to credit our London based fellow who stated that the Bruins would give up a first NHL to one of the Mild’s 2 new guys tonight (Matt Boldy from Milford).
So what we’ve learned is this: the Bruins will beat the teams they should but will still have problems with teams on similar standing or better than them.
Next up: Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night.
If I am any team with the Bruins on my schedule, I am calling up everyone! I guess the Mild forgot to bring a rookie goalie, so the Bruins did manage a couple goals.
The games still feel like exhibition to me, but that should change as the playoff races unfold. As LB noted recently, almost every player is vaxxed and has had some Covid. Maybe the protocols can be loosened a bit so players can play.
Nice fluffy snow this morning!!
Oh, looser protocol AFTER the Tampa game!
Did I see you guys only have to isolate for five days now? Maybe it was only three? I don’t know if that was only certain states.
The CDC’s advice is confusing. It seems to be 5 days if vaccinated and then wear a mask in public for like 5 days, all without requiring a negative test. But I could be wrong because they keep changing it or are failing at getting the message out.
Wow, you certainly know how to hold a grudge! They’re pretty decent this year aren’t they? Not many teams have outshot the Bruins through two periods this year…
Was a blackout game for me and lots on today so I just watched the highlights. Looked an alright showing from the Bs but just beaten by the better team on the night?
Much as I would love to take the credit for this prediction it was actually Stripes – though given the Bruins’ generous nature it wasn’t a longshot!
I’ll give you credit anyway! I just thought it was Tuukka who was generous but it turns out the whole team is.
The Mild are supposed to be much better but yes, I do hold a grudge about really important things like soul sucking hockey. Plus, I just haven’t been feeling the B’s as of late. I need to find a way to manage my expectations.
I’m starting to warm to this group of players. I’ve even started watching some Behind the B episodes again, which I’d virtually forgotten was even a thing!
Obviously some well-loved faces have gone away in the last couple of seasons and been replaced by unfamiliar ones, and the identity of the team has changed accordingly. It’s tough to accept that the era of Chara and Krejci and Tuukka is in the past, but there are some likeable characters.