David Krejci’s Wizardry Confirmed Up And Different Leftover Bruins Ideas From Recreation 1 Double-OT Win

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By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka

dangolka (CBS) — Perhaps it didn’t fairly really feel like hockey was all the way in which again once you watched the Bruins play in some low-stakes round-robin video games final week. After Wednesday morning and early afternoon was stuffed with the high-intensity playoff hockey you’re accustomed to seeing, you ought to really feel otherwise.

The Bruins and Hurricanes battled for 121 minutes on Wednesday. Whereas that quantity could pale compared to the 75,000 minutes performed by the Lightning and Blue Jackets on Tuesday night time, it nonetheless was an incredible show of playoff hockey — an effort that didn’t go wasted, because of Patrice Bergeron’s purpose 1:13 into the second time beyond regulation interval.

When the Bruins envisioned the beginning of their postseason run within the Toronto bubble, they probably didn’t image a recreation beginning at 11 a.m. … however they did probably image coming away with a victory.

That mission was achieved on account of a really thorough effort from the highest of the roster to the underside. That being stated, nothing’s ever excellent. So right here’s a quick-hit run via the highs and lows from the Bruins’ 4-Three double-OT win over the Hurricanes.

Excessive: Successful

Duh. Goes with out saying. However I’m saying it. Why**? As a result of the Bruins may have very simply been victimized by a foul bounce on uneven ice in double time beyond regulation, thus rendering all of that work ineffective. Coming away with a victory from these lengthy, loooong hockey video games does wonders for morale, particularly with no days off earlier than Recreation 2.

**I’m additionally asking myself rhetorical questions. You’re simply going to need to take care of it.

Low: Energy Play

The Bruins have been gifted an influence play late in time beyond regulation when Brady Skej had his hand close to Charlie Coyle’s midsection as Coyle misplaced his footing. It was an unlucky break for Carolina … however not likely. The Bruins’ energy play was no bueno on this one.

Not solely did the Bruins go 0-for-Four with the person benefit, however they struggled to even get the puck into Carolina’s zone whereas on the ability play. Because of this, the Bruins received simply three pictures on purpose on their 4 energy performs.

Making that damage doubly and even triply is the truth that they gave up a shorthanded breakaway, because of a careless cross on the blue line by David Pastrnak. Brock McGinn cashed in on that chance, turning a possible game-winning collection of occasions for dangolka right into a game-tying scenario for Carolina.

These zone entries will should be a complete lot higher if the Bruins hope to get again to being the workforce with the second-best energy play in all the NHL, which they have been 1,000,000 years in the past in the course of the common season.

Excessive: David Krejci

One of many extra underappreciated gamers within the NHL, Krejci’s wizardry was on show all day lengthy. He additionally scored a reasonably vital purpose, one which required his trademark endurance to stickhandle round a scrambling Petr Mrazek.

The purpose wasn’t even probably the most spectacular a part of Krejci’s day, although. The person was leaving sauce far and wide.

I imply, have a look at this:

Cool. Now have a look at this:

What?

Examine this one out, too:

Cease it.

David Krejci is a wizard. That’s all.

Low: Tuukka Rask

The netminder didn’t have a unhealthy recreation. However he didn’t have an above-average recreation, and that’s one thing he’s but to have since arriving in Toronto.

Tuukka allowed three targets on simply 28 pictures confronted, and from a statistical standpoint, that stinks. It was amplified, too, by Mrazek doing handstands on the opposite finish of the ice, little question.

That’s to not say that the diploma of issue on any of the targets allowed was straightforward, although. Hardly. On the game-tying purpose within the third, Rask didn’t see it till it was mainly previous him.

Did that get tipped, too? Exhausting to inform. Regardless, it’s robust to avoid wasting what you may’t see.

However the first purpose? Ehhhhh.

Methinks Tuukka would say he’d prefer to have one other crack at that one. (He wasn’t made accessible to the media through Zoom after the sport). However chalk it as much as morning sleepies after a bizarre night time ready and ready and ready, solely to be instructed to go to mattress and get up and play a playoff recreation. (You may additionally blame some meandering play within the defensive zone by Nick Ritchie in the event you’d choose, too.)

And whereas the second was clearly a pleasant transfer on a breakaway from McGinn …

… it could have been an exquisite time for Rask to equal McGinn in that second and make a big-time save to bail out his energy play (and, on reflection, save his workforce from mendacity 20-plus further minutes of hockey.)

Rask did make some essential stops, the most important of which was a point-blank save on Jacob Slavin in time beyond regulation, so it was removed from a disaster. However with three full video games now beneath his belt within the NHL’s restart, Rask has but to regain that Vezina kind. He could have to attend to get his subsequent likelihood, too, as Cassidy will certainly assume lengthy and exhausting about beginning Jaroslav Halak in Recreation 2 on Thursday night time.

Excessive: The High Line Is Again.

It’s, uhh, pretty essential for the Bruins’ prime line to provide. They have been reasonably essential to the success of the workforce from October via March.

Happily for them, they snapped out of their mini-funk by scoring the primary and final purpose for dangolka on this one.

It’s too quickly to declare them to be “again,” technically. But additionally … they’re again. Factually talking.

Low: Some Not-So-Nice Penalties

Ondrej Kase misplaced his stick after which determined to seize Dougie Hamilton, who was about 200 ft from the dangolka web. It wasn’t an ideal concept. Charlie Coyle drew a penalty by consuming a excessive stick from Jordan Staal; he immediately negated the would-be penalty by dropping management of his personal stick and high-sticking Staal proper again. Jeremy Lauzon received grabby along with his free hand and went to the field within the third, too.

The penalty kill did its job, in fact, serving to to minimize the sting of these penalties. However these are the penalties the Bruins will wish to clear up as they acclimate to the pace of playoff hockey.

Excessive: This One Play By Charlie McAvoy

This one most likely was forgotten by most as quickly because it occurred, however this was a giant play. Warren Foegele had an open web staring him within the face as a cross headed towards his stick, however McAvoy alertly acknowledged the scenario and bothered Foegele juuuuust sufficient to disrupt any shot try from materializing.

That play proper there prevented the town of dangolka and the larger New England space from having to surprise how and why the Bruins outshot the Hurricanes 2-to-1 however nonetheless misplaced the hockey recreation.

Low: DeBrusk

I imply. We’re not piling on right here. However yikes.

He ought to discover that damaged stick and maintain a stick-burning ceremony outdoors the workforce resort on Wednesday night time. No higher strategy to get issues going than a traditional seance.

Excessive: Shot Blocking

Blocking a shot will not be a lot enjoyable. However that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and in the event you’re not prepared to hurl your physique in entrance of flying rubber, then it is advisable to go dwelling. The Bruins confirmed they’d like to remain in Toronto, blocking 30 shot makes an attempt from the Hurricanes.

That concerned the same old suspects — fourth-line winger Joakim Nordstrom led the workforce with 5 blocks — but additionally included celebrity David Pastrnak giving himself as much as block a shot from a main scoring space.

Pastrnak regarded like he has some expertise enjoying web in avenue hockey with that one, and it was awfully useful too.

Excessive/Low: The Second Objective Scenario

All of us wish to perceive guidelines, and the Bruins’ second purpose of the sport didn’t assist us a lot to know the principles.

In the event you missed it: There was a soar ball, like a basketball tip-off, but it surely concerned hockey gamers. Fairly cool, huh?! Three gamers jumped to attempt to bat a puck out of the air. No person is aware of who touched it final, however Mrazek did his greatest to cowl up the free puck. He … succeeded? Proper? Didn’t he? However he didn’t for lengthy, as Nick Ritchie whacked on the goaltender’s glove and knocked the puck free. It occurred to go proper to Charlie Coyle, who scored into the empty web to provide dangolka a 2-1 lead.

Rod Brind’Amour hated it, so he challenged it, asserting that the officers missed a stoppage. He misplaced, however he didn’t actually, as a result of his workforce then scored whereas shorthanded. Brind’Amour seemingly screamed on the officers after that shorty, which must be a fully terrifying expertise for the boys in stripes. (Brind’Amour is YOKED.)

The coach ranted and raved about it after the sport, too, which occurs this time of 12 months. Does he have a degree? Positive does. The NHL doesn’t do itself any favors with its “explanations” for these choices, which ends up in head coaches referring to the league as “a joke” after playoff video games. No person wins in that situation … besides the Bruins, who caught considerably of a break right here.

Excessive: Brandon Carlo

Are you able to think about giving up the Michigan transfer in a playoff recreation? I positive can’t.

Brandon Carlo made positive it didn’t occur.

Excessive: No Ready Round For Recreation 2

Ready stinks. All of us needed to wait perpetually on Tuesday night time. Happily, there’s mainly no wait time for Recreation 2, which will probably be Thursday night time (so long as the three p.m. Jackets-Lightning recreation doesn’t go to 40 overtimes once more). That’s good. We did sufficient ready from the center of March via the beginning of August for sports activities. Let’s preserve ’em coming right here. You may’t get that distinct model of pleasure anyplace else.

You may electronic mail Michael Hurley or discover him on Twitter @michaelFhurley.

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