Patrice Bergeron certainly has a flair for the dramatic, doesn’t he?
First, his game tying and then game winning OT goal verses Toronto in Round 1 and now this.
While credit goes to Bergeron for scoring the goal, mad props go to Jaromir Jagr for making it all possible. His play on Evgeni Malkin along the boards makes that goal possible.
Forget the fact that Jagr is practically pre-historic in hockey years – he is still got it. Oh and Brad Marchand’s pass wasn’t so bad either.
Gregory Campbell is wicked hahd corah. He blocked a Malkin shot and remained on the ice as the Penguins continued to pressure on the power play.
We all know Campbell is one bad mamma jamma, but this was just amazing.
At first I was all “Why is he limping to the side like his leg was broken? This ain’t no time for the Humpty Dance!”
Well, turns out the Campbell’s leg was, in fact, broken. Just to reiterate – Campbell played that whole time WITH A BROKEN LEG! I will cut anyone who says that hockey players aren’t the toughest athletes out there.
Campbell is done for the remainder of the playoffs and the Bruins will miss his physicality and depth. However, I have a feeling that his steely determination and self-sacrifice will serve to be an inspiration for his teammates as they prepare for Game 4 and the potential sweep.
David Krejci’s campaign for the Conn Smythe continues. He is out there shaking hands and kissing babies…and getting all the points. He scored his 9th goal of the playoff and remains as the league’s #1 point-getter this post season with 21 points.
Penguins did play their best game of the series last night…but the Bruins were just a little bit better.
Vokoun recovered well from his first two performances and was excellent in net…but Tuukaa was better.
Although the series is now at 3-0 Bruins, this series, and the playoffs in general, have been anything but easy for the Bruins. Just look at Bergeron’s face.
His bruised and battered visage is a testament to how hard the Bruins have been working, not only in this series but the entire playoffs.
After their Game 7 victory over the Leafs, the Bs seemed to have flipped a switch and reverted to the way they played in their 2011 run to the Stanley Cup. They are mucking and grinding and playing with a grit and grime that has been their calling card. It might not always be pretty and the goals might not make it to the Top 10 on NHL Network, but they are getting it done when it counts the most. They are a team that has committed themselves to leave it all out there on the ice, each and every time.
Game 4 is Friday in Boston and the Bruins will have the chance to close out the series with a sweep of the Pens. If you had told me at the beginning of the playoffs that this is where we’d be right now, I would have called you crazy.
Say what now?
We both would have. The Pens regular season domination was enough to make anyone believe that their road to the Stanley Cup Finals was all but assured.
But the NHL Playoffs are a fickle thing. They can dismantle contenders with incredible ease. Or make champions out of underdogs.