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Connelly’s Top Ten: Boston Bruins Get Hosed By Referees

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Connelly’s Top Ten: Boston Bruins Get Hosed By Referees

1. Official’s Call

* First of all – the ref had already established he was letting everything go – Two Bruins were pulled down in the offensive zone
* Nash received a vicious elbow to the head – official had already established he would send off both players earlier in the game
* No way does Dominic Moore chase a skater like Karlsson behind the net and give him free run on the game winner
* To set up the other team in overtime on a questionable call should be censured by the league
* Neely or Cassidy had to be waiting for that referee after the game – Neely has to take a league fine. Can not happen that was the series.

2. Offense

* Might have been Bergeron’s worst playoff faceoff game I’ve ever seen
* I know Pastrnak scored (only shot of the game) but he was so bad – I would have contemplated sitting him like Julien did to Seguin / what did I tell you that he can even handle passes he is pressing so back
* Marchand another no show with one shot – did get a stupid penalty though – he also was losing every 50-50 battle and backed down from punk Methot
* Marchand ONE playoff goals in his last TWENTY THREE post-season games
* Too bad Krejci couldn’t play – oh he did?
* Outshot 32-20 absurd – passing it around the perimeter on power plays was bogus
* Congratulations to Spooner who got his first shot on net in three games
* Chara please hit the net 30% of the time

3. Defense

* Chara looked tired
* Kevan Miller best defenseman of the night
* Morrow is a good skater
* Cross was holding on for dear life all night
* Backes got used again by Karlsson on the second goal out at the blue line

4. Ottawa

* Brassard took Bergeron’s lunch money winning 18 of 24 faceoffs
* Hoffman is exciting – the first goal is one of the great goals/passes in NHL HISTORY – In the air from his one end line from Karlsson which Hoffman caught on his tape and them went Forsberg on Rask
5. Physical Play

* Methot getting free punches at Bruins and the ref sending off the guy who ate glove is absurd – Cassidy should have gone Great Santini on the Bruins – you take down Methot or don’t come home!
* Chara took a two-hander across the wrist – he needs to skate over to the Ottawa bench at a stoppage of play and threaten that Senator’s life
* You have to hit Karlsson every single time – the entire offense runs through him
* Red Auerbach would be on every news station talking about Phaneuf’s stickwork putting the refs on notice

6. Refs

* Gutless not sending off just Methot after he punched Schaller in the face
* The first call of the night on Backes was bogus too

7. Stat of the night

* Hoffman had more  than double the shots than Marchand, Chara, Pastrnak, Backes combined: 8 to 3

8. Kraft Sighting: 10 minutes left in the third period

9. Coaching

* Good job by Cassidy switching up Backes and Pastrnak
* He needs to go nuts on the Nash penalty call

10. Misc

* The yellow towels are too cliché – we don’t need to be stealing from the Steelers
* Rene Rancourt not on his game – and should have sensed the crowd was into the National Anthem and held the microphone up to let the crowd finish (by the way he is looking like the Wizard behind the curtain)
* I never seen a Bruins team lose their sticks more than Game 3 – Derek Sanderson would have told the story about his Niagara coach pulling players who ever lost their stick
* Is that Tony Montana coaching the Senators

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Boston Bruins Should Stick With The Hot Hand Of Anton Khudobin

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Dobby may have stolen the Starting Gig From Tuukka Rask

The Boston Bruins have been under a ton of scrutiny since the beginning of the season. One of the issues was, are the kids going to be any good, the other is what is the goaltending situation going to look like. That question has become easier in the past couple of games.

This season we have seen Tuukka Rask Struggle. Many are now questioning if he is an elite goalie still. The only problem with that is that he was never an elite goalie. During his time of success here he had a phenomenal defense in front of him. Now not so much except it seems that backup Anton Khudobin has not had a problem with the defense. Khudobin not only has the wins to deserve the starting role, he has the numbers as well.

In the month of November Tuukka Rask has played in 6 games. In those six games, his save percentage is a .898 and a save percentage of a 2.86.  On the season he has a 2.89 total save percentage in 12 games. The league leader among starters is Sergei Bobrovsky with a 2.02. Then we look at Dobby’s past 3 games in November where he has posted a .949 save percentage and 1.66 GAA.

Dobby has shown that he is still a viable back-up and right now he may even be the starter. Las game against the sharks he only allowed one goal and after being bombarded by 18 shots. In three of his last five games, Khudobin has allowed one goal.

Bostons next game on Wednesday against the red-hot Devils who currently sit in the first place if the Metropolitan division. Bruce Cassidy mat indeed elects Khudobin to be the starter but he as eluded that Tukkaa Rask will get the start. This would be a bad play. The starter should always go to the guy ho is hot not the guy that is supposed to be a top 10 goaltender.

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Boston Bruins Season Is Falling Apart Faster Than It Is Coming Together

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Boston Bruins Stricken With Injuries As More Added To List

Boston Bruins are a team that has nothing positive going for them at the moment. Injury after injury has left the team scratching their head questioning what to do next. Bruce Cassidy has announced that both Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand will not travel with the team.

David Krejci will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. This brings a small amount of light to a team with much darkness.

This is probably the biggest loss yet as Brad Marchand has 15 points in 14 games. Then Bjork a rookie who cemented his spot on the top line in training camp has 9 points already. Boston has already dug into the reserves in Providence with Danton Heinen and Jordan Swarz.

Now, these guys have played well since getting the call-up but a guy like Marchand is not replaceable. Hopefully, Providence is able to spare a couple more players or there might be a trade looming near. Providence is a team chalk full of young talent lucky for Boston except the well is starting to run dry. The Baby Bruins will soon run into the problem of not being able to field a team of their own.

Most Likely Call-Up Candidates

Zach Senyshyn. Senyshyn has 5 points in 12 games so far in Providence. He was on the bubble of making the roster during camp. Both Bjork and Debrusk took that spot. This could be his chance.

Kenny Agostino. Agostino who already has a couple NHL games this season and has been lighting up the AHL with 9 points in 8 games. Another bubble guy that lost out on a roster spot as he went down in the preseason with an injury.

Anton Blidh. Blidh who also has NHL experience would bring a bit more grit to a speedy team.

Peter Cehlarik. Another guy that is a bit more of a grinder than a goal scorer but that might be just what Boston needs.

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Boston Bruins Rob O’Gara Has His Shot To Make The Big Club

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Rob O’Gara To Get His Shot

All season long the Boston Bruins have been dealing with injuries and other roster question marks. Additionally, Brad Marchand is now out with an upper-body injury. David Krejci has been placed on the IR. Rob O’Gara has been called up from Providence.

O’Gara now has his shot to earn himself a roster spot just as some of his former Providence team members have done, as with Danton Heinen. Alike Heinen O’Gara will have to make this chance count as Heinen did by scoring two goals in his debut. Though the expectations for O’Gara are a bit different seeing that he is a defenseman. Also, the expectation for him is to make a limited amount of mistakes. Plus contributing to the offense if/when possible.

Right now the Bruins are struggling in their own end, as most of their defenseman is a minus on the plus-minus chart. In contrast, O’Gara in 7 games for Providence is a plus-four. Hopefully, he can bring some much-needed defense, with the exception of Zdeno Chara to a team with many offensive minded d-man.

Similarly, the league has evolved to one where offensive defensemen are more sought. This leads to holes in the defense as we have seen with Boston so far during the first 12 games. Boston is looking for that spark on defense and O’Gara may be it.

Roster Position

The most likely spot for O’Gara to end up is the third pairing. Now that may seem bad, however, the Bruins run three d-pairs more than other teams. O’Gara gains the much-needed NHL experience from his ice time. Hopefully, he is not just here for one game as that would be useless. It would not help him in any way possible. In fact, it would most likely hurt him mostly his confidence. O’Gara should be a better fit than the newly acquired Paul Postma. Not only does O’Gara seem to have a bit more overall skill, he has more upside.

O’Gara a 24-year-old selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tonights Game

Boston will face the Minnesota Wild at home. The game will be aired on NESN and broadcast on 98.5 the sports hub.

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