8/26: Game 3 - Ride the Lightning

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Sigh. Cassidy is a really good coach but he’s gotta learn how to play the game with the refs. This is three year in a row.
 

PedroSpecialK

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Yeah given the historically tight connection between the B's players and various local police departments, I wasn't exactly holding my breath.

Chara going to a BLM protest and Bergeron saying the right things post-George Floyd were nice, but right now 'nice' doesn't feel like enough, not for just the B's but for the whole NHL.
 

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Z and Bergy say there were no discussions about not playing. They were in game preparation, didn’t know about it until too late. They say they support the NBA players, they need to do more, find a solution, etc.
 

The Napkin

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Yeah given the historically tight connection between the B's players and various local police departments, I wasn't exactly holding my breath.

Chara going to a BLM protest and Bergeron saying the right things post-George Floyd were nice, but right now 'nice' doesn't feel like enough, not for just the B's but for the whole NHL.
would it shock you to hear they couldn't even be bothered to do the moment of remembrance bullshit before the west game?

Or, as Bruce Arthur put it "There should have been a moment of remembrance for the empty gesture at the previous moment of remembrance"
 

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In the cold light of morning I'm still incredibly pissed that a fucking linesman directly contributed to Tampa's second goal by interfering with Lauzon. That's beyond the pale and I expect the NHL to pull that guy from the playoffs permanently. That simply can't happen.

Fucking ridiculous.
 

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In the cold light of morning I'm still incredibly pissed that a fucking linesman directly contributed to Tampa's second goal by interfering with Lauzon. That's beyond the pale and I expect the NHL to pull that guy from the playoffs permanently. That simply can't happen.

Fucking ridiculous.
The refs set the tone from the first shift of the game that the Bruins weren’t going to be allowed to play they way they need to play to win. I do expect an adjustment there. I’m sure the phone lines are burning from Neely and Sweeney’s rooms to the league offices this morning. What concerns me is how bad Chara looked on those penalty kills. Hopefully that’s just a symptom of this ridiculous schedule with the back to backs and not how he’s going to be going forward.
 

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The refs set the tone from the first shift of the game that the Bruins weren’t going to be allowed to play they way they need to play to win. I do expect an adjustment there. I’m sure the phone lines are burning from Neely and Sweeney’s rooms to the league offices this morning. What concerns me is how bad Chara looked on those penalty kills. Hopefully that’s just a symptom of this ridiculous schedule with the back to backs and not how he’s going to be going forward.
What I am also hoping is that the supervisor of officials assigned to this series is going to review the game alongside the on-ice officials and notice the same things we are. That's the way we will get a change in officiating tomorrow night. Cassidy kindly pointing it out in the media helps too.
 

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What I am also hoping is that the supervisor of officials assigned to this series is going to review the game alongside the on-ice officials and notice the same things we are. That's the way we will get a change in officiating tomorrow night. Cassidy kindly pointing it out in the media helps too.
We would’ve assumed that would’ve happened during the finals last year, or the Tampa series the year before that. It’s a pattern that really needs to be a addressed higher on the league food chain.
 

Cotillion

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When was the last time we saw a lightning player in the box alone for an after the play scrum? It’s happened more than once for the Bruins.
 

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The refs set the tone from the first shift of the game that the Bruins weren’t going to be allowed to play they way they need to play to win. I do expect an adjustment there. I’m sure the phone lines are burning from Neely and Sweeney’s rooms to the league offices this morning. What concerns me is how bad Chara looked on those penalty kills. Hopefully that’s just a symptom of this ridiculous schedule with the back to backs and not how he’s going to be going forward.
My impression is that TB is the more physical of the 2 teams. In last season's SCF, the Bruins were rolling until the refs and the league decided to 'let 'em play' more, which allowed STL to take the Bruins out of their game. The only data that I think is relevant is that TB is relatively heavy team, whereas the Bruins are below average. Of course weight isn't the end-all for physicality, but trying to add some substance. Height doesn't have much of a difference across teams for the most part (TB and BOS are separated by 0.2-0.3 inches on average and average age is within approx. 1 year).


All that said, the reffing was still shit last night and there's plenty legit for Neely and Bruce to bitch about to the league.
 

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It probably did happen when Berube and Cooper both lit up the media in a postgame. That's why Cassidy needs to do that.
It most definitely did do that. Last year I thought that losing Wes McCauley from the playoff refs due to injury really hurt the B's in the Final as he's got a good rep and the other refs seemed to be intimidated by Berube's remarks. Last night proved me wrong about that, Wes was as anti-Bruins as the rest of them.

Infuriating.
 

Maximus

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It probably did happen when Berube and Cooper both lit up the media in a postgame. That's why Cassidy needs to do that.
Both those weasels have done it effectively. Neely and Sweeney need to be burning up the league offices lines. Cassidy made an attempt at it last night but it is not in his DNA.
 
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