After covering the Bruins for Bruins Daily for parts of seven seasons, Anthony, a lifelong Bostonian comes to HockeyBuzz with a knowledge of all things Bruins.
The Bruins will enter Game 2 Monday night after taking many positives out of their 6-2 Game 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Toronto has all the momentum in this series, although that can be easily taken away with a strong start by Boston in Game 7.
Tampa Bay went about that with an intense practice on Sunday as the coaching staff looks to deliver the message that the opening-game effort was good but not almost at the level needed to compete in the second round of the playoffs.
Rask stood on his head against a formidable Lightning offense, stopping 34 of the 36 shots that came his way, while Nash scored two goals over the first 40 minutes of play.
Winnipeg finished second in the National Hockey League standings with 113 points before disposing of the Minnesota Wild in five games for the city's first victory in a playoff series since 1987.
After throwing his skate blade in disgust, Rask got his blade repaired by the equipment manager, remained calm and was still dialed in going forward.
During the penalty, Rask loses his skate in the crease and is unable to have a full range of motion during the play. Tampa Bay's Mikhail Sergachev scored to make it 3-2. After the play, Rask pleaded his case to the referees and threw the loose blade against the boards in frustration. No delay shall be permitted for the fix or adjustment of goalkeeper's equipment.
"Yeah, I was trying to figure that out", Rask said of what the actual rule is. Honestly, I can not see that being the case as they are well and truly dialled in at this time of year. "But it's-I guess I just need to change my skates".
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I'd venture to wager half of you have him in or around your top five, the other half have him not even close to that. The play kept going back and forth, and both goalies were unstoppable. "I didn't think it would go in". How is it safe for a razor blade to be lying on the ice, especially in front of the net where physicality is often increased?
"For entertainment value, that was probably one of the better Game 7s you'll see", said Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, who stopped just 20 of 24 shots.
I'll concede that four goals on 16 shots is not a good look, but anybody watching that game at home or, like me, at The Garden (shameless brag), could realize that Rask did all he could on three of those goals. This year, chances of a sweep against the Bruins are slim. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara spent much of this season defying Father Time, but really wore down as the first round progressed.
"And he scored going to the dirty area", said Cassidy of DeBrusk.
I got a message for all the Tuukka haters in Boston. The group combined for 11 points, highlighted by four-point nights from Pastrnak (four assists) and Marchand (one goal, three assists), and a three-point outing from Bergeron (two goals, one assist).
The Bruins and Lightning fought for the No. 1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division title until the final week of the regular season.
The Bruins survived a scare in the third period as Jake DeBrusk hobbled off the ice and onto the Bruins bench after blocking a shot with his knee. Now the Bruins hope that he wakes up tomorrow and has no ill-effects. Kuch leads Tampa scoring with 10 points and you have to scroll quite far down to see Steven Stamkos with six points. It has the ability to mesmerize with its puck possession, which nearly always comes right off the draw.
Pastrnak finished with four assists in the win, with the 21-year-old winger now up to 17 points over eight games.