Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/01/19 at 02:16 AM ET
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.
Below, Tara Sullivan also of the Boston Globe plus the game highlights and Brad Marchand being Brad Marchand...
It all looked so right at the start of the third period. So familiar, so hopeful.
The three big-name Bruins took the ice to open the final period of this pivotal playoff game like they were getting the old gang back together, a trio of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak that has propelled the Bruins to so much success this season, and one, the visiting team hoped, could break the Bruins out of a nightlong funk.
It all looked so good, with the struggling Pastrnak rejoining his mates on the top line, moving up from the third line where he started the night.
It all made so much sense.
At least in theory.
But turning the theoretical into reality requires duplicating what wrote that theory in the first place. Unfortunately, the Bruins who took the ice Tuesday night in Columbus barely resemble the ones who earned the second-best record in the conference by season’s end.
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