The Stanley Cup Finals made its first appearance of the series in Boston. It seems like it was just yesterday the Bruins were taking on Vancouver in the Cup Finals. This series has a much different feel to it than two years ago.
After the most memorable two games to start a Cup Finals, the Bruins took to the ice to try and grab the lead in the series and put a better control on their destiny.
Daniel Paille, the game two hero, picked up where he left off starting the scoring 2:15 into the second period.
Boston put home a second goal on the power play later in the period, when Jagr lazered a pass across the ice to a wide open Bergeron on the back door.
Tuukka Rask was phenomenal as he has been all postseason. Rask stopped all 28 shots the Blackhawks put on net. Rask has not given up a goal since 11:22 of the first period in game two.
Since game 5 in the Conference Semi-Finals, cool hand Tuuk has made 162 of 165 saves. Cindy Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both posted donuts in the point column over the four games of the series. The lone goal scored in game four, deflected off of none other than Jarome Iginla’s stick thus eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins and sending the Bruins to their second Stanley Cup appearance in three years.
Just amazing how a team, who was literally minutes away from elimination and a total rebuild of a franchise, makes one of the greatest one period come backs in playoff history and then strings off eight wins in nine games earning another chance to raise the greatest trophy in all of sports.
The Pittsburgh Penguins looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Controlling the puck, putting a lot of shots on goal and working a quality power play. The only problem is Tuukka Rask is between the pipes and is denying the Penguins any opportunity for goals. Rask made 53 saves in the Bruins 2-1 double overtime victory.
Pittsburgh dominated the face-off dot which is something they had not done in the first two games of the series. But it seemed like what ever the Penguins tied to do they could not find an answer to find some offense.
It is not the game winning goal, but the play of the game. Gregory Campbell. Takes some HUGEE stones to block a shot in the NHL, it takes bigger ones to block a shot, have your leg broken, stand your ass back up and stay in the play for an extra forty-six seconds.
The two teams will square off in game four Friday night and you got to believe the Penguins are really questioning if they have any sort of answer for this Bruins team. The leagues most high powered offense has only two goals in 10+ periods of hockey this series.
Game one of the Eastern Conference Finals was everything as advertised…if you were expecting to see the Bruins play Montreal or Detroit play Chicago. The hatred the two teams developed over the course of two periods gave game one the feel of a game three or four in the series.
Red hot David Krejci (6) started the scoring for the Bruins in the first period. He took a shot from the tops of the circles and it was deflected by a falling Penguins skate in front of Vokoun and trickled through his legs into the net.
If you’re a Bruins fan you already know how the class feels about Matt Cooke, guys a scum bag, and thats not just Bruins fans that feel like this but most of the league. But what Matt Cooke’s deal is with Adam McQuaid is beyond me. Here is Cooke, the last time these two teams met, trying to take out McQuaid in this first game back from injury.
Then in game two Cooke lines McQuaid up from about the goal line and was thrown from the game, yet not suspended?!?! C’mon Shanny, check in bud.
The second period ended with a scuffle at center ice, Crosby running his trap to Chara until he realized he was going to get his ass kicked, turtled and tried to take on…Tuukka Rask?? What are you doing guy? Either sack up and back up what your saying and drop the mitts or don’t talk at all and sit in the corner.
Bruins answered the best way any team can answer, chalking up two more goals in the third period. Krejci (7) with a second and Horton (6) picking up a rebound back door.
Rask stood on his head, stopping all 29 shots he faced for his first career post-season shutout. Tuukka has done everything the Bruins could have asked of him so far this playoffs.
Game two should be nothing less of spectacular on Monday night.
The B’s finally found their way back into the win column during Sunday’s matinee against the horrendous Florida Panthers. The B’s Tuukka Rask pitched a 3-0 shutout win but the team still was not as exciting as a potential division winning playoff team could be.
It was vintage Jagr (16) in the first period when he snapped home a shot from the top of the circle top cheddah glove side, which was ultimately the game winning goal just 3:03 into the game.
The B’s got goals from Dougie (5) on a blast from the point in the second and Marchand (18) in the third to cap the scoring for the B’s.
Rask turned aside 28 shots earning his fourth shutout of the season.
The B’s travel to Philly for a Tuesday night tilt against, yet another team not making the playoffs.
Although the season is just three days old and the Bruins are only 2-0-0, there is still a lot that can be taken away from what we have seen to this point.
Rustyy: Like every team in the league players are still shaking off some of the rust. The Bruins haven’t done anything major, just small things. Seguin with a few point-blank opportunities in front of the net, passes just off the mark. Even Nathan Horton had a prime chance yesterday and was about an inch away from getting everything on his shot.
Horton – Speaking of Horton. There was question around him and how he would perform coming off of his concussion. It has pretty much been a calendar year since his season was shut down last year. Again its only been two games but he hasn’t showed any signs of timid play. He has been going into the dirty spots and not only getting hit but making hits and trying to get the puck. Although Horton does not have a point in his 16:40 TOI this season, all signs are pointing to him being the player he was during the season of the Cup run.
TUUUUK: Since Tim Thomas took his ball and went home, Tuukka finally has been given his time to shine. In the two games this season Rask has a 0.96 GAA stopping 46 of 48 shots he has faced. He has been in position, seems calm and is letting the puck come to him. Rask made an outstanding play on a breakaway in yesterdays game against the Jets. Two games is a very small sample even in a shortened season but if Rask stays on his game the way he has played in the first two games it could be a huge threat for the B’s.
Teach Me How To Dougie: Is Dougie the real deal?? In two games he played on the second D pairing with Seidenberg and in Seidenberg’s absence yesterday they bumped him up to the first D pairing with Big Z. Hamilton played both games like a seasoned vet. Yesterday especially, jumping into the play in the offensive zone, ripping shots on net along with setting up plays.
PP v. PK (or are they the same thing):Per usual, the Power Play –or power kill– what ever you want to call it is atrocious to start the season. Its a cool 0 for 9 and seven of those attempts came in the first game of the season. As the B’s showed last year you can have a successful regular season with a mediocre PP but its the playoffs when it needs to be at its best, exception 2011. On the flip side the PK is a perfect 9 for 9 including two big kills yesterday against Winnipeg in overtime. With the combo of Bergeron and Kelly it is hard for a team to get anything set up against the B’s killers.
CBS Boston — While playing for HC Plzeň in the Czech Republic, goaltender Tuukka Rask left a game Tuesday after the first period.
According to reporter Roman Jedlicka, Rask played the first period but did not return for the second.
Jedlicka reported that it appeared to be a groin injury.
“It looks like mild groin injury [because] Rask finished 1st period and didn’t appear for 2nd,” he tweeted.
Well this is wonderful news for Bruins fans. Yes, the league is still in the lock out but what I fear is another groin injury.
A nagging groin injury could be something that could plague Rask for his career. Sometimes it’s almost better to see a player break a bone than pull a muscle, not that you ever want to see anyone get hurt, but even if Rask was playing for the B’s and the season started on time. Chances are he was going to suffer the same injury.
CBS Boston — The Boston Bruins have agreed to a one-year contract extension with goalie Tuukka Rask, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
The deal will pay Rask $3.5 million, according to the report.
For a goalie who is suppose to be THE GUY going into this season for the Bruins, why would he not be given more money and years. Well, I’m fine with the deal. Rask was a restricted free-agent this off-season and the terms of his new deal will make his a restricted free-agent at the end of next season.
Meaning, Rask is in a contract year and as we all know players perform best during contract years. If he puts up the numbers this season we know he is capable of, next season he could be looking at a long term deal which could give him something like $6 million per season and put him in the likes of Lundqvist, Bryzgalov, Luongo, Quick and top goalies in the league.
Rask is a career 47-35-11 in 93 starts. He’s sports a 2.20 GAA with a .926 sv% and 11 shutouts. Rask got off to a rough start last season (0-3) but quickly turned things around and went 11-1-1 over the next three months. He was shut down early due to injury in early March.