Discussion in 'Boston Bruins' started by Alicat, May 9, 2018.
that was the series right there. Bruins were cheated out of that win.
I agree, provided the money and term work.
The biggest problem with him is that people still want him to be the 30+ goal scorer he was in his 20's.
If people could accept (and the team was good enough) that his role is a 20 goal scorer, who kills penalties and is an above average defensively 3rd liner, there wouldn't be too much complaining.
While I agree it was a penalty, I hate that the Bruins need calls/PPs to win playoff games because they are not built/willing to get as physical as the playoffs demand. Makes them sound like the Habs...
While they did get screwed, we have no idea what the last 7 minutes would have held. Plus the game was only tied at that point, it's not like it happened to end the game. Too much whining about it.
That being said someone should have to answer for the call.
nobody will answer for it, the bruins will continue to be screwed by the refs. Those 2 facts are certain
There's a difference between not being physical enough (and the Bruins weren't), and not getting calls on obvious infractions that lead directly to a prime scoring chance.
That was a back-breaker.
Not only would it have negated TB’s GTG, it also puts Boston on the PP (which was excellent). They easily could have been up two goals with 5 minutes to play.
It would have been nice to at least play with a lead with 5 minutes to go and see what happens.
The biggest problem is his playoff resume. This year was the normal for Rick Nash. When the intensity ramps up, he can’t handle it.
You also have to factor that the Bruins were playing at 5D at that point with Krug out just before that crucial non call.
Rookie Jake DeBrusk also suffered an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder during Game 1 against the Maple Leafs. It improved as that series progressed, but it got worse during Game 1 against the Lightning. In Game 3, he was hit into the boards and his arm never recovered.
“It was tough,” he said. “It was tough to understand that you have to play through that. It’s not that you don’t want to because you don’t want to hurt the team, but it’s the playoffs and it’s part of it. It was something I wanted to learn to go through. At the moment it’s, ‘Game on’ and that’s why I have respect for those guys (who play through injuries) because it’s not easy. It’s not easy to produce. It’s not easy to play your game because there’s the physical aspect and the mental aspect.
“When something’s not feeling that great, you don’t want to go to certain areas as much as you would normally, but it’s the playoffs. It’s the second round, so you know you have to push. I learned a lot about myself this postseason.”
This is exactly the experience of postseason play that will help shape Jake even more into a winner. Will pay dividends for the whole crew of young uns too.
What I would like to know is how does the Bruins injury situation compare with the other playoff teams?
The single most significant call of these playoffs for sure.
I asked in the Sharks forum, so we'll se what they say- they didn't have a thread like this one that I could see.
Justin Bourne wrote a great explanation in The Athletic last month of what players go through at the end of the season. I love his writing, and he’s one reason I subscribed. Here are some excerpts:
Whiplash. That’s the word for it.
After all those games and all those practices and all that travel, the end of the hockey season feels like a roller coaster that was screaming full tilt around the season’s track that stops abruptly without bothering to decelerate gradually. The ride is just over, done, go ahead and get off.
It’s like being lost in the forest for eight months, doing everything you can to survive, then finally hacking through some brush to see your nearly-forgotten hometown.
So that first day when you wake up and there’s nothing on the itinerary, it’s a trip. You don’t even have any need to get your body ready for anything in particular, which is a top priority during the season. You may have the same aches and pains and nagging injuries as you did all year, but on that morning, there’s no need for a cold tub, or a massage, or anything of the sort. You can just hurt and forget about it.
Oh, and that hurt? That’s probably at least partially a hangover, too. Not a whole lot of players go straight home after the final game of the year and throw on Downton Abbeyon Netflix.
Let’s start here, as it’s obviously the very first post-season step a player takes. All season long players are asked to rein it in. You’re never too far from your next game, and going out with the team for a few too many beers can screw up how you feel for days to come. It’s not worth it, and often it’s flat-out forbidden by the team.
So when your next game is in, oh, four months or so, the light is pretty darn green. The thing is, there’s a bit of a sadness when the season ends, too. You always grow close with a number of guys, and you’ve been working toward the same goal with one another for ages, to the point where your team comes to feel like family. And everyone knows there will be changes in the summer, and it won’t be the same.
Locker room clean-out day
Most guys stick around the city of the team they were with for two or three days after the season before heading home, provided that city isn’t home. And since there’s tons of work for the equipment guys after a season, you generally have that few day window of time to get to the rink and clean out your stall.
The most crucial part of this somewhat sad ceremony: gathering your summer stock. There’s nothing worse than being provided tape and sticks and all the rest all season, then realizing in June you need to spend five bucks on a roll of white tape. I realize that's pathetic, but dammit, try telling that to a hockey player. The summer stock is an essential piece of the post-season wrap-up.
The exit meeting
This one is tough to generalize because they’re so wildly different for an NHLer with four years left on his contract, versus, say, an AHL player that the team knows they aren’t bringing back.
But much like a performance review you may have at work, these are always a little awkward. Right or wrong, players don’t get a ton of one-on-one face time with their head coach and GM throughout the year, so it’s almost a little intimidating, particularly because you feel outnumbered.
Basically though, the idea is pretty simple: both sides reflecting on how things went throughout the year, a lot of discussion on what (and how) to work on over the course of the summer, and the best part – the airing of the dirty laundry.
From there you just have to deal with an exit physical, so teams can chart progress for returning players, and so other players can’t claim that the club sent them away hurt, and are therefore on the hook for paying for whatever treatments are needed.
I do, too. And Strafer as well.
Fantastic read thank you for sharing.
Bruins got screwed in game 4 but Tampa to me was the better team but a good margin
The eyeball test that was a 4-1 or 4-2 series for Tampa
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