The Boston Bruins won game two fairly convincingly
The past few weeks over here for me have been a blur. With my final finals period at university and graduation and starting a new job, not even the crazy first round series for the Boston Bruins could help me find time to write blog posts. As a result, Boston’s Bettah has been a place where posts have been infrequent and not exactly the place for timely posts.
No longer! Summer is here and despite the fact that I have a new position. It’s time to get back into the swing of things. As a reward, I decided to write a running diary for game two between the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. Can the Bruins take a 2-0 series lead heading back to New York, or will the blue-shirts tie the series and make me nervous again? Here’s what transpired:
2:55- Welcome live to my living room! Joining me today is the newest hockey disliking roommate Farmer. I am convinced that I will get one of them to like hockey by the end of the playoffs. It’s my goal. Big news in the pregame is that Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden will not play. I also haven’t heard anything about Andrew Ferrence. I swear, if Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski keep playing as well as they have, it may be a blessing in disguise for the Bruins. Fun fact, Andrew Ferrence kind of sucked this season.
WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN KALMAN?
3:04- The pregame show is talking about John Torterella’s comments that Carl Hagelin “stinks” on the power-play. At what point is Mike Milbury going to start wearing crazy suits, talking with his hands and sounding like he just came out of the retirement home? He so desperately wants to be America’s Don Cherry.
3:07- Did I just get unnecessarily excited that America’s Got Talent is coming back soon? Um… no I didn’t and stop asking.
3:10- NBC so desperatly wants us to pretend that the Bruins and the Rangers are rivals. Just because it’s Boston and New York does not automatically create a rivalry as much as they want to think. Ratings? Yeah, they are probably getting those.
I’m ready to go. Are you?
3:19- Farmer and now Chris are here and are bashing hockey. Hey I got the television first.
3:24- Early play highlighted by the Bruins getting some wonderful opportunities in the slot for Krejci and Seguin. Tyler Seguin can’t buy a bucket right now.
3:26- Torey Krug is going to have to play every game for the rest of forever. He’s on pace for approximately 20 goals in the playoffs. That one was also beautiful. 1-0 Bruins.
3:29- If Torey Krug’s goal was pretty, then Ryan Callahan’s goal was a complete undressing of Tuukka Rask. Suddenly it is a tie game. At the first commercial break. The Bruins were controlling the game and then they have that terrible turnover and that nasty Ryan Callahan move and its a tie game. Dammit.
3:35- I approve of this name:
3:37- Believe it or not, the Bruins killed a Rangers power-play. I thought our power-play was bad two years ago. The Rangers is atrocious. It still is surprising that nothing really happened there. It hasn’t exactly been the most defensive of games so far. Of course, this means that the game will be 1-1 at the end of the third period.
3:45- More chances for the Bruins and more queffed shots. Also, I think I can convince Farmer to like hockey. He’s seems to be enjoying this. Wouldn’t that be nice.
3:50- Chara just destroyed Derek Brassard’s stick and the Bruins are going on the penalty kill. Hey, if you’re going to take a slashing penalty, that certainly is a hell of a way to do it.
3:53- I’m confused. This Rangers power-play doesn’t look terrible. The period will end though with the game tied 1-1. It’s been a weird first period. On one hand, the Boston Bruins had a ton of chances. They’re seeing the ice really well of the pass and delivering beautiful passes to open guys. The Rangers are recovering and preventing the shots from happening. The Boston Bruins certainly out-played the Rangers, but the fact that it’s 1-1 is worrisome.
4:04- I’m sorry NBC, I didn’t realize that Sidney Crosby was now playing in this series.
4:09- How were the Rangers credited with 20 hits in the first period? That seems like too high a number. Also, what is with everyone bashing Dougie Hamilton on the first goal? Marchand turned it over and last I checked Hamilton can’t skate fifty miles an hour.
4:13- Second period time. More of the same for the Bruins and they should be okay.
4:14- The Rangers almost had their second goal of the game on a terrible turnover. This time from David Krejci. Thankfully Tuukka Rask is there to save our bacon.
4:16- Krug keeps the puck in with his skate at the blue-line and fires a shot at the net. Greg Campbell finds the puck and fires it home. What a play from both Krug to keep it in and Campbell to find the puck and finish it. 2-1 Bruins.
4:18- Of course, Rick Nash beats Chara off the rush and goes backhand to forehand to score his first goal of the playoffs. Would it kill the Bruins to hold a lead for more than two minutes in this game?
4:23- Commercial break. All of a sudden after the Rick Nash goal he looks more awake and they clearly won that four and four. Again, Tuukka Rask is being awesome.
4:27- Rangers hit the post and it slides back down underneath Tuukka Rask’s pads. That was a scary moment for everyone in the black and gold.
4:29- Bruins power-play time after Dougie jumps into a play and gets hooked. Remember the rule is to finish your beer in two minutes because the Bruins likely won’t score.
4:31- The way Torey Krug skates is so fast and with purpose and awesome. He is really excited right now. Bruins have a couple chances on the power-play, but as you could probably guess they don’t score.
4:36- I bet that John Torterella will get fined for that. Johnny Boychuk from the point… GOAL! Bergeron with the screen in front and Henrik Lundqvist never saw it. If there was ever evidence that the Bruins should just decline penalties and go 4-on-4, that is the evidence. 3-2 Bruins.
4:38- What another fantastic save by Tuukka Rask. I could have swore we were about to give up yet another game-tying goal.
4:40- Peverley commits his second high-stick penalty of the game. Someone should tell him that keeping the stick down on the ice is the rule. This is unfortunate because the Rangers power-play hasn’t been terrible today and seems due for a goal.
4:42- Tuukka Rask is the best bruins penalty killer tonight.
4:43- Rask with a huge backside pad save off a terrible Boychuk turnover. All hail king Rask!
4:45- Torey Krug escapes three defenders a pack of wild-dogs and a roving band of marauders to set up another beautiful shot on goal. This must be what rooting for Erik Karlsson feels like.
4:48- I don’t think NBC is talking about Ryan Callahan enough.
4:51- Second intermission. Bruins are up one after they finally realized they shouldn’t give up the game tying goal shortly after the game-winning goal. I would type more, but I’m too busy salivating over Torey Krug’s skating and Tuukka Rask’s beautiful saves.
4:55- One of my friends who I know for a fact hates Ryan Callahan is trolling really hard right now. “Callahan does the little things to win. Callahan does the things to win Stanley Cups. RYAN CALLAHAN IS SO AWESOME AND WE LOVE HIM”. Despite the fact that he is a Caps fan, we get a long really well.
That’s not very good. How about we also put in the fact that the Rangers two goals were scored off two of the Boston giveaways? Thankfully, Tuukka Rask brought his A game today. Far and away the reason the Boston Bruins are winning this game.
5:09- Third period starts and the Boston Bruins basically run the same play they won game one with. Bergeron to Marchand for a 4-2 lead.
5:20- Nothing crazy has really happened in the past 11 minutes. Just a lot of Rask saves and a bunch of conversations in the house about rent prices and stuff. Exhilarating.
5:24- The Jagr is robbed on the doorstep by King Henrik. If the Rangers come back and win this game. Remember this save. Holy shit.
5:29- Dougie scoops it into the zone and the Bruins chase it into the zone. Krejci misses on the doorstep but Lucic is there to put it home. That should end it.
5:30- Campbell goes after Dorsett on a check. Dorsett takes offense for some reason and drops the gloves with Campbell. Dorsett wins the fight pretty clearly, but again, the Bruins are up on the scoreboard.
I’m closing this down now. Boston Bruins simply earned this win today. They skated better, they were more physical and they were more skilled than them. Most importantly, they had the better goalie. If there was ever a question about whether or not Tuukka Rask could be a playoff goalie, a game like game one and game two just goes to show that. After the Bruins took the lead in this game 3-2, the Rangers had a couple of fantastic opportunities and Tuukka shut the door on all of them. He was excellent in this game and a big reason why the Bruins are 10 wins away from the ultimate prize.
Time to move on. Game three is on Tuesday in Madison Square Garden and the Boston Bruins have got to keep plugging away. Win on Tuesday and the series should feel over, although I guess we said that last time.