I’ve largely stayed out of the social media and internet war being raged between hockey fans everywhere over last night’s events. I am continually amazed by some of the takes on what happened, especially the self-righteousness displayed from Penguins fans and Bruins fans alike. Apparently no one has ever let their emotions get the best of them and did something they regretted. You’re all perfect people. But I digress.
I was however very surprised last night over the reaction (or lack thereof) to the original hit that sparked the fisticuffs, Brooks Orpik laying out an unsuspecting Loui Eriksson in the first minute of play. The general consensus was the hit was borderline but relatively clean. I touched on it in the recap yesterday, but I fail to see how this is the case.
In a game that’s unfortunately going to be overshadowed by a first period of questionable plays, the Boston Bruins scored twice in the final minute and a half of the game for a 3-2 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at TD Garden. Zdeno Chara was the third period hero tallying the game winner with just 13 seconds left on the clock, while Tuukka Rask turned aside 28 shots to earn his fifteenth victory of the year.
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has been rather direct when answering questions from the media of late, and he once again pulled no punches last night when speaking about his team’s performance in Montreal. “That second period was atrocious and embarrassing, to say the least” said Julien, who also responded “everything” to the question of what went wrong. The Canadiens overtook first place in the Atlantic Division with a 2-1 victory at the Bell Centre last night, tallying both goals in a middle frame that also saw them outshoot the Bruins 18-7. Gregory Campbell scored Boston’s only goal, while Tuukka Rask took the loss in the Bruin net.
Their team isn’t great, but..these are pretty solid.
I’m making smoothies…who’s in??
Well, it’s about that time of year again, nothing like ringing in the holidays with some good ol’ fashioned hate. We sit well past the quarter mark of the 2013-14 NHL season, but Thursday night will be the first meeting so far this year between the Bruins and their rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. Read on for the preview.
Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
Thursday, December 5th – 7:30pm – Bell Centre, Montreal
TV: NESN, RDS Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub