You can’t win them all and neither can the Bruins, although they were close to sweeping the Caps season series. After a heck of a game on Friday night against the Lightning down in Tampa, the Bruins just couldn’t find their game at the Capitals and dropped it 4-2. With the Bolts’ win yesterday, this dropped the Bruins back into Wild Card 1, a playoff seed in which they’ve become downright comfy.
There are only 10 games left in the regular season. While more teams are clinching by the day, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Boston have yet to do so. They will once they hit that magic number in which other teams get mathematically eliminated.
The fact that they didn’t completely fall apart against either of the teams they played this weekend says a lot about how mentally tough this team is. On Friday, the team was without David Pastrnak for the second game in a row and without Hampus Lindholm for the first game since he arrived in Boston. It wasn’t much of a surprise that he was out since he failed to practice in the morning. I’m not quite sure where I am on the old panic meter since I kind of vacillate between being concerned, frustrated, and a shrug emoji; players who have injuries, no matter how minor or severe, still should have some time to rest before the playoffs. However, I just wish that we wouldn’t get shiny new players at the deadline and then break them within weeks.
On Friday night, the two teams were 1-1 going into overtime, when Charlie Coyle called game. It was a crazy fun game for a low scoring affair with each goaltender playing well and Boston recording 37 shots on goal. It felt like the playoffs (which cannot get here soon enough).
Jake DeBrusk with a fantastic final shift leading to Charlie Coyle's OT winner pic.twitter.com/2Tof76WhI0
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) April 9, 2022
Yesterdays game was a different, more brutal affair. Not only were Pasta and Lindholm out again, but the B’s went down another player during the match: Matt Grzelcyk was knocked out of the game with an UBI in the first period. The Caps kept taking some questionable hits and rattling players like Brandon Carlo and Jake DeBrusk but they stayed in the game.
It was fun trying to figure out what the refs would or wouldn't call.
So hi-sticking is a penalty today but slashing and boarding aren't. Good to know
— VA (@VAfromRI) April 10, 2022
Honestly I kind of fell asleep after the second period because I wasn’t feeling so great. I woke up just as Ovechkin scored the empty net goal. Was it that that woke me up or Boomer barking at me to take him for a walk? Who knows, but it sucked either way.
The one good piece of news from this weekend is that the Bruins have signed Oskar Steen to a two-year, one-way deal worth $800K annually at both levels. This deal starts next year.
Bruins Sign Oskar Steen To Two-Year, One-Way Contract Extension: https://t.co/wLL79jRl52
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 10, 2022
The B’s next play tomorrow night against the St Louis Blues. It’s been over 2 years since these two have played against each other. It will also be the first time that Torey Krug returns to the Garden ice. Surely, it will be an emotional night.