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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...

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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Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Sergei Bobrovsky has no time for your playoff narratives.

In their place, he offered up a “Choose Your Own Adventure” of jaw-dropping moments while helping the C
push deeper into the spring than they ever have before. It was the kind of night that should once and for all eliminate questions about his ability to perform under the brightest lights.

“Awesome,” said Artemi Panarin, his teammate, good friend and fellow free-agent-to-be. “It’s the same every time. He’s the best. He’s the best goalie in the league.”

Not only did Tuesday’s 2-1 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Bruins give the long-suffering fans inside Nationwide Arena occasion to chant “Bob! Bob! Bob!” again and again, it left them with a debate for the Wednesday morning water cooler.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/01/19 at 02:28 AM ET

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So what’s the league gonna do about Marchand?

(rhetorical question)

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/01/19 at 07:18 AM ET

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So what’s the league gonna do about Marchand?

(rhetorical question)

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/01/19 at 07:18 AM ET

The league will do nothing. Bigger question is why aren’t other players doing anything about this?

Posted by George0211 on 05/01/19 at 09:17 AM ET

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Instigator rule.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/01/19 at 10:56 AM ET

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Instigator rule.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/01/19 at 10:56 AM ET

I doubt refs would have called that if someone went after him right away.

Posted by George0211 on 05/01/19 at 11:14 AM ET

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Why risk it, unless you’re Evgeni Malkin? smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/01/19 at 11:18 AM ET

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The league will do nothing. Bigger question is why aren’t other players doing anything about this?

Because then they will actually get penalized for their actions and be at a disadvantage.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/01/19 at 11:24 AM ET

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From Kevin Allen’s USA Today article that Paul posted:

“He has been given enough chances. He’s at the point where every time he commits an act of this nature, he needs to be punished.

It doesn’t matter that this is minor in comparison to some of his other acts. It doesn’t matter that this is the playoffs and a suspension of any length is a severe disadvantage for the Bruins.

If Marchand doesn’t care about his team enough to pass on a cheap shot, why should the league officials fret about suspending him for a critical Game 4?”

Posted by Moose Moss on 05/01/19 at 02:29 PM ET

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