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The [crappier] the ice, the better it is for Boston?

As Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien noted, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask described the ice at the TD Garden as "shitty" in a post-game interview with NBC's Pierre McGuire, and the Hockey News's Ken Campbell believes that the conditions suit the Bruins' game to a tee:

After a Game 1 that produced both a thrilling regulation and overtime, the past two games have been far less than that in terms of both the quality of chances and excitement. Part of the reason is when you lock your players out for three months, you’re playing Game 3 on June 17 when the temperatures are well above 80 degrees. Not surprisingly, the ice was terrible. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara lost an edge and fell in the warm-up and required stitches to close a gash over his eye. The puck was bouncing all over the place, including on a Brad Marchand breakaway that was scuttled because the puck caught a chunk on the ice.

“It is pretty bad,” Seidenberg said. “When you try to shoot, try to swing your blade on the ice, it feels like sandpaper. It’s really rough. When you try to pass, the puck bounces. That’s why you have to keep the game simple. If there’s a play to be made, you have to make sure it’s an easy one.”

And isn’t that nice in the league’s marquee event? Just what you want when everyone is watching, defensemen chipping the puck off the boards to get it out of their zone and forwards being mugged and slashed as they try to go to the net to create the goals…You know, those things they count to see which team wins.

Campbell continues at some length.

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Nathan's avatar

I’d say the Bruins are better equipped for playing on bad ice because they are a more mature team and less prone to being mentally taken off their game by shit they can’t control. But I would not say that bad ice is immediately better for the Bruins.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/18/13 at 07:24 AM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

This is all out of the book of Hitchcock and the Stars via the late 90s.  Doug Jarvis loves this stuff.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 06/18/13 at 08:00 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I’ve been less than impressed with games two and three, and losing interest in these Finals quickly if things don’t change. Game one was amazing, but the quality of play has deteriorated substantially since then.

Just when the NHL had the opportunity to capitalize on free advertising that is difficult to put a price tag on (Sports Illustrated cover story calling the NHL playoffs the best in sports), the Bruins and Hawks put together two relative snoozers the last few games.

Granted, much of this is out of their hands. The ice in the last-half of June is never going to be good (unless you’re in Edmonton), plus the condensed schedule looks like it is finally taking a toll on the players.

Let’s hope for better quality hockey in the next few games,or it seems another golden opportunity to showcase its’ product will pass the NHL by

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 06/18/13 at 08:17 AM ET

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