Playoff Hockey Is Back In Boston
The Boston Bruins are headed the the Stanley Cup Playoffs with last nights win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It is still undetermined who the Bruins will play in the first round. As of right now they are tied for second place in the Atlantic, but Ottawa has the tie breaker. Toronto is now one point back with their loss last night to Washington. They would play the Ottawa Senators if the playoffs started to day but they don’t so we have to sit and wait. Toronto and Ottawa have three games left in the season, the B’s have two.
For the first time in a while the Bruins came out looking like they wanted to win. They knew what this game meant and it showed from the beginning.
There may not have been any goals scored in the first but it was still an exciting period. The pace of the game was high almost playoff pace but not there yet. The one thing that did happen in the first is Brad Marchand was ejected for spearing Tampa defenseman Jake Dotchin. This was a vicious play and very uncalled for.
Drew Stafford opened the games scoring with a nifty top-shelf back-hand past Andrei Vasilevskiy. Then David Pastrnak followed up with a one-timer from a beautiful pass from Riley Nash. Rask looked very good through the first two periods where he made some key saves. That was it for the second.
Boston came out hard in the third not wanting to let Tampa back in the game. Zdeno Chara extended the lead to three with a rocket shot on the power play. The lead stayed at three until Tampa pulled their goalie with a couple of minutes left. Then David Pastrnak took advantage and potted his second for the empty net goal and the win. With that Tuukka Rask notched his 8th shutout of the season, a career high for him. Rask was asked about the Bruins making the playoffs for the first time and three years and this is what he had to say. Also this will be Pasta’s first playoff experience and he is very excited.
“You know, I think the city deserves [the playoffs]. The organization deserves it, and, you know, we feel like we deserve it too,” said Tuukka Rask, who stopped 28 pucks in the 4-0 win for his career-best eighth shutout of the season. “We fought hard all year to secure a spot, and it took 80 games, so it’s a good feeling. I think everybody can breathe a little easier now, but we’ve still got two games left and then real games start so… but great accomplishment [for now].”
“Obviously a new feeling for me,” Bruins forward David Pastrnak said. “I’m really enjoying it, it’s a lot of fun and it’s exciting. Now we’ve got ourselves in a spot we can actually fight for home ice and a good spot in the playoffs. We can play a little more relaxed knowing that we made it and it’s a lot of fun.”
Here is a little pump up video to get you ready. This gave me chills. It has been a while since we have had Playoff hockey here. But its back and let’s go!