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Video- A Wild One In Boston Tonight

Six goals sored in the 3rd period, including the game winner by Pastrnak with 1:28 left.

Bruins win 4-3 and lead the series 3-2.

 

 

Below, watch John Tortorella post-game.

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Video- HNIC Feature On Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen

via Sportsnet,

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen explains how his team overcame the inherent distractions of impending free agency for some star players, going all in at the NHL trade deadline.

 

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Keeping The Goalies Fresh

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnetr,

... This is the new normal in the NHL.

Where once Martin Brodeur and Miikka Kiprusoff were celebrated for routinely playing 70-plus games per season, teams are now putting their top puck-stoppers on a pitch count. Six of the eight teams still standing in Round 2 didn’t even have a goaltender appear in 50 regular-season games.

Bobrovsky is one of the exceptions, but his 62 games were still a slight decrease from the previous two seasons. He played 355 fewer minutes overall this year and saw 237 fewer shots and has had the wear and tear between games reduced even further since Kinkaid’s arrival on Feb. 25.

The Russian got four games off entirely during the final month of the season while Kinkaid backed up Joonas Korpisalo and isn’t taking the ice at all on off days during the ongoing series with Boston.

“It’s such a unique position, the amount of pressure that’s on the goalie,” said Tortorella. “We’re letting Bob run on his schedule. How he feels most comfortable getting prepared for the next game.”

Given that Bobrovsky and Boston counterpart Tuukka Rask have been the stars of a series that sits at 2-2 heading into Saturday’s Game 5 at TD Garden, the approach makes a lot of sense.

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Back ‘Net’ Presence

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The puck stayed live, and in a flash, Artemi Panarin ripped home a short-range one-timer to cut the Boston lead to 2-1. Nationwide Arena was all abuzz.

“I saw the puck go off,” said Jake DeBrusk, one of Boston’s five skaters in the trip to bizzaro world. “It was in my line of vision. I saw it, lost it . . . and I automatically assumed that it hit the mesh. I personally did not see it hit. But the way it reacted was iffy. I didn’t know if it was a hand pass . . . then all of a sudden it’s a backdoor [pass] to Panarin and I’m like, ‘What just happened?’”

The play, not reviewable by the on-ice officiating crew per the rule book, was allowed to stand. The two refs (Chris Rooney, Gord Dwyer) and two linesmen (Michel Cormier, Brian Murphy) simply didn’t see it. They are among the best eight eyes in the league’s call-’em-as-they-see-’em brigade, and they couldn’t call it because they couldn’t see it.

Note to NHL: time to fix the rulebook. If offsides and goalie interference are reviewable, surely a puck into the net fits into the spirit of wanting to get things right.

“Should have been blown dead,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “Hit the net. You hope the four officials on the ice would see it, they didn’t . . . got to play through it.”

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If you missed the questionable goal last night, watch it below.

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Video- Boston Bruins Win, Series Tied 2-2 Against The Columbus Blue Jackets

Bruins regain home ice advantage...

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The playoff slogan adopted by the Bruins earlier this week was very similar to the “It’s Time” the Blue Jackets had already plastered all over t-shirts, hats, towels, signs and Nationwide Arena.

Theirs was “It’s only a matter of time.”

“He’s definitely going to crack at some point,” Bruins defenceman Brandon Carlo had said about Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky after Game 3.  “I have a lot of faith we’ll put pucks past him here pretty soon.”

Coach Bruce Cassidy clearly had no issues with the blueliner’s boldness.

“Carlo said it yesterday … however he described it … I just think we’re going to score because we have good players that will score eventually,” he stated Thursday morning. “Will it be tonight? I hope so. I hope it’s right away and the guys start feeling good about themselves.”...

Just 3:33 into the first period of Game 4 in this Eastern Conference semifinal — and only moments after he was rocked by a tremendous open ice hit from Adam Clendening — David Pastrnak beat Bobrovsky with a one-timer from the left wing circle. Only 3:45 later, Patrice Bergeron scored on a power play with a snapper from beside the right wing circle.

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Highlights of the 4-1 Boston win can be viewed below.

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Video- John Tortorella’s Entrance

Oops.

 

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Video- Puck Off The Netting

Good goal.

 

 

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‘Bob’s’ Playoffs

from Travis Yost of TSN,

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 10 wins away from a Stanley Cup, and no player has been more critical to their team success than goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

It is, in some ways, a funny redemption story. Bobrovsky has long been considered one of the league’s premier goaltenders, but he has routinely been on the receiving end of harsh criticism after most of Columbus’ postseason flameouts.

Some of that is understandable. Despite his consistent regular-season numbers, Bobrovsky’s playoff performance always paled in comparison. Perhaps no better example exists than Columbus’ first-round exit in 2016-17, where Bobrovsky­ – who had stopped 93.1 per cent of shots en route to the Vezina Trophy – had a miserable time against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bobrovsky stopped just 88.2 per cent of shots, and his reputation as a playoff dud solidified.

The playoffs are all about micro-analyzing tiny samples of data and, unfortunately, that can take us down a dark path from time to time. It certainly did in the case of Bobrovsky. One of the league’s better goaltenders carried the reputation of a playoff choker on the basis of just 24 games.

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Videos- The Boston Bruins Are Not Playing Their Game & Brad Marchand Being Himself

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

This may not be the center of the hockey universe 4-6 weeks from now, but it is at the moment, and it doesn’t look like the Bruins are about to change anyone’s mind. At least not any time soon.

The Blue Jackets are the best team in the Stanley Cup playoffs at this hour, and they showed that with convincing force and competitive push Tuesday night with their 2-1 win over the Black and Gold that gave them a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series.

Three laps into Round 2, all three games have been settled by a goal, the first two in overtime. All close encounters of the Cup kind. But the Blue Jackets showed in Game 3, before a roaring, snorting, and cannon-blasting sellout house of 19,337, that they can continue to keep the Bruins’ best offensive players quieter than Crane Beach on a frozen January morn, and that their goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky (36 saves), has the early inside edge for the Conn Smythe trophy as postseason MVP.

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Below, Tara Sullivan also of the Boston Globe plus the game highlights and Brad Marchand being Brad Marchand...

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The Boston Bruins Have Some Work To Do

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

John Tortorella’s teams grind. They bang. They block shots. His teams come to work with chins tucked, elbows up, their good humor in a state of perpetual rehab. If the NHL were still a wooden sticks industry, Tortorella would call his Blue Jacket team meetings to order around a wood chipper in the middle of the dressing room, and force-feed opponent’s sticks three at a time into the auger.

“Gentlemen,” a wild-eyed Torts would shout amid the deafening grind, “do I have your attention?!”

So no surprise that the Blue Jackets outhit the Bruins, 89-73, in their first two games of their best-of-seven playoff series, or that they blocked 41 shots to the Bruins’ 24. As the Tampa Bay Lightning found out in their first-round car wreck (dismissed in four straight) vs. Torts & Co., the Blue Jackets are light on nuance and heavy on contact. They also have lost only once in six postseason games this spring.

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