By now every team in the playoffs has played at least one game. So tonight is Game 2 for Islanders and Hurricanes, the Wild and Stars, the Kings and Oilers, and most importantly the Panthers and Bruins.
After missing Game 1 with an illness, Patrice Bergeron should be back for Game 2, right? Not so fast! Turns out Bergy is still questionable for tonight’s match.
"We keep him involved…he's in the dressing room talking to the players about what he's seeing so that gives the players confidence. He has a huge presence with us even if he's not on the ice."
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Even though he wasn’t on the ice, Bergeron was in the room and watched Monday’s game from the coaches office, allowing him to impart some of his thoughts to the coaches and players in between periods. Pavel Zacha talked about how important it was for the captain to still be around the team.
“He’s one of the best in the league so it’s great he can give you tips even if he wasn’t playing last game. He was there. He was talking to me when I had some questions…it’s great to have him there,” said Pavel Zacha, who subbed in for Bergeron as the B’s top-line center.
“He talked to me a little bit. I told him I hadn’t played playoffs in a while and he was just calming me down, ‘have fun there, just battle hard.’ I had a couple questions with face-offs and stuff like that that can help me in a game.
“He has so much knowledge and it’s nice that he likes to share it and he wants to make everyone else around him better. It’s great to have a player like that around the team.”
Presumably if Bergeron has to sit out again, Zacha will remain to center the top line.
While the team won on Monday night and did some things well, there is plenty of room for improvement.
The question on the other side is who will be in net? Alex Lyon was pretty serviceable and I would expect him to stay for Game 2. But there are thoughts that if Lyon can’t keep the Bruins from scoring that Sergei Bobrovsky could take over. Obviously the Panthers would not make that move easily since Bob hasn’t played in a long time; his last game played was March 27th and while he was available for the last games of the season as a backup, he hasn’t seen game action. Plus, he had a bad season.
Tonight’s game is at the Garden at 7:30pm.
So we went to GHs doctor yesterday – he gave her the green light to start putting weight on the injured leg! She’s walking a bit again! And driving. That’s gonna make our day-to-day a lot more manageable. I am teh excite!
Great news! It might seem like slow progress now but soon it will just be a memory and a few stories.
Yay! I’m sure GH is happy to be out and about.
I love seeing the Leafs lose! Those shots of the crowd outside the arena… priceless. I would like to know why it’s the teams in Canada… the Great White North, havve fans that are willing to stand out in the cold and have their hearts not just broken, stomped on, thrown in the dirt, you name it. I guess that’s better than spending $500 for the same result. So, those folks outdoors are the smart ones! Wow.
Bs need to take care of business at home.
I’ve been offered a ride to the Inn to see the game. I will probably stay home and do the radio thing. Jo will be watching in Charlestown.
Now that’s dedication! (Are you secretly looking forward to when they next lose so you can actually watch a game?!)
Listening to games certainly has it’s charms though. Once you get the image going in your head it’s not THAT much different.
I really enjoy the radio. I get to watch an entirely different game when i watch the replay.
Same score, but Wow! That’s not how i imagined that goal happening.
Yes, Leafs fans are insufferable (but what fanbase isn’t insufferable?) but you can’t question their dedication. I think it would be fun to go to an outdoor watch party. Seems like a neat way to watch a game, like a drive in movie but for sports!
It does sound fun, but I don’t know that I wanna stand in a plaza for 2-1/2 hours at night in April. Nor do I wanna be on camera when something unfavorable happens to my team.
Probably quite warm in among all those bodies!
I’m surprised more US teams don’t do it. It would be very pleasant to be watching outdoors in Carolina or Nashville. Tampa is beautiful this time of year, too…. Buffalo.. ehhhhh, no thanks.
Great way to grow the game by giving people a free night of entertainment.
It is worth noting that the Leafs arena started emptying out halfway through the 3rd period. Ouch, man! Those guys paid through the nose for playoff seats, then couldn’t sit through the whole game. Granted, they were down 6-2 going into the 2nd intermission. I can’t entirely untangle my thoughts on that one.
Keep the pressure on, boys!
Makes sense for Bergy to continue to sit out if he’s not 100%. Its a long postseason!
Lyon made some brilliant saves but also some howlers. The goal the Panthers scored was a bit of a gift too if we’re honest. I’m expecting a close game.
Don’t think I’m going to be able to catch a full replay, annoyingly. Have to travel in to the office tomorrow.
Anyone see Steve Dangle’s reaction video this morning? Poor Leafs. They’re supposed to go to pieces at the END of the series!
I will check out Dangle… i have to keep the volume down a little for his screaming. He needs to tone that down some.
Yeah, i know what you mean. He’s kinda become a caricature of himself in some ways.
It does seem that making his videos is good therapy for him though!
. He’s kinda become a caricature of himself in some ways.
Mostly when he’s talking about goalies. “If you’re a goalie….TEND THE GOAL!
TBH, I kinda am looking forward to Swayman’s likely appearance on the final DangIts from the regular season.
I forgot about his big gaff. Yes, he will make the Dangits.
I haven’t watched Dangle in a long time, it seemed like it got to a point where he lost some self-awareness and it wasn’t all that amusing anymore. No idea what his videos are like now.
I couldn’t help but hear Dangle’s dulcet tones coming from GH’s TV this morning. Or more that I heard the dishes rattling and his vocal frequencies stretched above the range of human hearing.