That was such a BRUTAL loss. Right up there with the Scottish game. And you know if PSK got tossed from the GARDEN for flipping the bird (assuming that is all it took), then the world has truly tilted off it’s axis.
TBS, I do think the better team won last night, although I wouldn’t say the better team won the Cup.
As a casual hockey fan, I do think the NHL as a league is in trouble if this is the product they want to endorse on the ice. The officiating has been horrendous these playoffs and they seem to be going backwards as far as player safety. That game 5 was a fucking joke, and the officials and the league allowed the headshots and goonery to take over the series.
The boys deserved better. Man, that game sucked!!
What a really bad sports week in Boston
This happened last year too when the Caps won. Tom Wilson cheap-shotted his way through the playoffs including getting a 3-game suspension for a hit to Penguins' Zach Aston-Reese, which broke the rookie's jaw and caused a concussion. I suppose I should've remembered that and the Bruins should've been more proactive on calling out the cheap-shots earlier. I agree with DebSox here. If the league wants to get serious, then the last two post-seasons have demonstrated they're doing a really awful job of showing it. Both teams were rewarded for the nasty hits.This stings far worse than 2013. Even if they had won Game 6 then, Bergeron would've been in the hospital for a Game 7 and he was their best player.
This one had a record-breaking one seed removed from your path in the second round, and having survived the Leafs yet again, they only had to beat the #8 and #7 seeds with home ice to get to the SCF.
And then when you reached the Final, you were matched up with arguably the least skilled/talented team from the West with a rookie goalie.
They lost this series because the first line was clearly not physically (injured or not) ready for the Blues' style, which the officials let them play with relative impunity. They lost this series because they lost a key defenseman in two different games, where they were forced to play 2 full periods (and one OT) with 5 D in games where they gave up the lead late in the game. They lost this series because Kelly Sutherland handed the Blues a two-goal lead in Game 5, which was ultimately decided by one goal.
Had this series been officiated like the regular season (e.g., Sundqvist's hit is a 5 minute major), Bruins win this series in 5. However, it wasn't, and they didn't.