Saturday, December 7, 2013

Game 29: Tisk Tisk Tisk

The new realignment that kicked in this season for the NHL definitely triggered some schedule changes, both positive and negative. 

For the Boston Bruins and their fans, one of those negative changes took place on Saturday night. No need to worry about it too much though. This was not completely devastating news. 

The Bruins hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final time this season. These two juggernauts are on a collision course that is slated to explode in April come playoff time. In the meantime, both Pittsburgh and Boston will look to take care of business in their respective divisions. 

The teams split the first two meetings heading into the rubber match on Saturday. They always give the fans some entertaining hockey games to watch, so it is a shame that the season series wrapped up this early. It is what it is. 

Obviously, Johnny Boychuk did not play in this game and is out for about a week. It was reported that he suffered a sprained lower-back after being on the wrong side of a check into the boards courtesy of Habs forward Max Pacioretty. Kevan Miller took his place in the lineup. Tuukka Rask was also back in net for the B's. 

As if the previous game didn't contain any controversy, this one was swarming with it. Instead of explain it, here is what happened....definitely some suspensions coming. 

With that being said, we still had a hockey game to play! The Bruins took this game by a final score of 3-2. The B's finished off the comeback in the third period with goals by David Krejci and Zdeno Chara, while Rask was solid in net yet again. As for the incidents that took place, we will wait for the league to respond. 

The Bruins will head out on a four-game Canadian road trip that will begin on Sunday night. Their first stop will be Toronto where they will take on the Maple Leafs. 

Gold Star: Zdeno Chara...Not only did he record the game-winning goal, but he posted a plus-3 rating and was shutdown in the defensive zone. There you go, big buy.

Black Star: Carl Soderberg...Maybe his last name is Swedish for "invisible?"

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