The Boston Bruins started the week off going into a series that no expert thought was winnable. How can you blame an experienced NHL analyst? Pittsburgh has the two best players in the world in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, an experienced D core, led by Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang and a former first overall pick in net with Marc-Andre Fleury.
Saturday, June 1st started one of the worst weeks Pittsburgh hockey has seen since their elimination for the 2011-2012 playoffs, loosing three games in a row for the first time all season.
The Bruins took game 1 by a score of 3-0. The Krejci-Lucic-Horton line picked up right where they left off against New York netting 3 of the 3 goals scored. David Krejci netted two goals with one assist as he makes his push for the Conn Smythe, as the most valuable player in the playoffs.
Game 2 showed us the Massacre at the Console Energy Center. Just twenty-eight seconds into game 2 Brad Marchand picks the puck off from a Sidney Crosby mistake and walks in alone to net his first of the series. Marchand’s goal opened the flood gates to a 4 goal first period. One goalie change and two Bruins goals later, the Bruins win 6-1 and now have a 2-0 lead on the “Best team in the NHL”
Game 3 brought us back to the Hub of Hockey, to the best fans in all of professional sports, and what a game it was. Scoring started early once again with an early goal from center David Krejci just 1:42 into the first period. Krejci’s goal stood as the lone goal until Chris Kunitz notched a goal late in the second period. Captain Zdeno Chara logged an outstanding 42 minutes, the most in his tenure as a bruin. The real story of the night was Tuukka Rask. Rask was an absolute stonewall stopping 53 of 54 Pittsburgh shots. Rask made a crucial save in overtime stopping Pitt forward Craig Adams from slamming home a rebound that saved the game. As the first overtime came and went, we were still left with a 1-1 score. Late in the second overtime, fans were beginning to believe a third overtime was on our hands. But who else but Mr. Clutch, Patrice Bergeron, to bust hard to the net and score one of the most clutch goals of his career 95 minutes and 19 seconds after the opening puck was dropped, and give the Bruins a 3-0 lead on the “NHL’s best team” and one game away from playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
From Rask to Krejci to Bergeron this Bruins team is something special, it may be time to dub a new NHL’s best.