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Discussion in 'Bruins Game Threads' started by cshea, Apr 16, 2018.
They lost, but it was far from getting run out. They had a PP with under 3 minutes to tie it up
Thinking about stressful series’ past made me go down a YouTube rabbit hole. The 4-1 comeback, Montreal game 7, Vancouver game 7. Now high as hell.
Though Eddie O did harsh the buzz a little bit with his desperate protestation that Higgins’ dirty blindside hit where he leaves his feet to hit Chara in the head was somehow both guys just looking for the puck. Ass.
Thankful for the extra day off. B’s can regroup and the Leafs have to wait to try to carry the momentum instead of getting right back at it.
Seeing Rinne get pulled from the Preds game made me do some research to confirm what my gut thought was true. In what is a ridiculous stat, the Bruins haven't pulled a goalie out of a playoff game since 1995. 22 seasons (15 playoff years) since actually removing a goalie mid-game. In 2011 they forced it to happen in 3 out of their 4 opponents and have done it numerous other times.
Crazy but ultimately random stat.
Losing is obviously bad, but I don't see much to be concerned about because of this game. They played pretty even, maybe a tad better, and didn't get the bounces.
The 4th line was used pretty sparingly tonight and seemed like a good decision to me. Part of it was obviously being behind most of the game, but they weren't great tonight.
I thought Heinen had a fantastic game. Seemed very composed, made great decisions with the puck, and was very active on the forecheck. I think he's done a very good job of upping his aggressiveness in the playoffs without changing his game too much trying to be overly physical. Similar to what I said about Pastrnak last game.
DeBrusk had a great game too, I was very wrong about him, he's looking like an impact top 6 player. There's a lot to be excited about. I was nervous about this series but after 3 games, feeling much better.
The only plus side to this loss is I can now post in the game threads again. If they kept winning, I was going to keep banning myself from posting. So, win for me, loss for you.
As for the game, they out played Toronto but had to fight off bad refs, and really bad luck. Win Game 4 and they have control of the series.
It was a weird game looking back on for me. I think the B's had a lot more high-end scoring opps that didn't pan out (Pasta off post, Pasta stoned by paddle, Pasta off glove, Marshy off glove and crossbar, Krecji whiff) but overall, I felt like Toronto carried the play for huge chunks of time.
It felt like there were long stretches where the Bruins struggled to clear their own zone or move the puck through the neutral zone last night, but once they were in Toronto's end of the ice they were able to create good chances.
There definitely times where it seemed like Toronto was on a power play even though it was 5 on 5. They did a lot of good puck movement and Bruins couldn't disrupt it.
Plus they too often allowed the stretch passes to get behind them.
The worst part about the loss is that it guarantees we have to see that fuckstick Kadri again this year.
I thought Riley Nash was slow to start but got his legs under him and looked good the second half of the game. Every line seemed to get pined in their own zone multiple times, though. Most of them didn't lead to great scoring chances (the Bruins actually had most of those, I thought), I can't imagine it felt good on the legs. Might have contributed to the inability to put shots away late.
Just heard Jack's call on the stoppage of the play on the PP. Wow, you guys weren't kidding. That was embarrassing.
I was doing the same thing. I couldn't post during game 1 so I stayed out of game threads until now.
conversely I wasn't able to post in this thread and they lost so that means you get more of me going forward. Yay!
There's a lot of talk of getting pinned in the d-zone. Could that be related to Grzelcyk's absence? I think Cassidy tried to split up Miller and Krug so that one would be with the less mobile McQ or Holden, but then he went back to it, as neither McQ nor Holden looked especially good with Krug. Having Krug, McAvoy and Grz gives them one potential one-man rush on every pair.
I absolutely think Grz being out had a bigger effect than is being talked about. Holden is serviceable, but having both him and McQuaid in the lineup against a team as fast as Toronto is really bad. Miller and Krug are a really good second pair, McQuaid and Holden are a really bad third pair. But splitting Miller and Krug up makes two not awesome pairs below Chara and McAvoy.
It's a tough situation to have to deal with right now, and I think Toronto is the worst possible team in the playoffs to lose Grz against. Hopefully he is back Thursday but he looked very not good at the end of game 2.