Bruins vs. Tampa Bay - Game 4

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Say what you want about Halak., defense, officiating, but you're just not going to win when you can't score any goals.
 

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Tampa is a front running team. Score first and make them fight back, that is the only way to beat them.

This team can easily win 3 straight, just need to get the next one.
 

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Well at least it’ll be a short offseason. I just think right now they’re too banged up and getting shit officiating too lopsided against them to beat a great team with a backup goalie.

But let’s face it, Tampa has been great for the better part of a decade and haven’t won yet. Maybe they’ll choke again starting Monday. Bruins got nothing to lose at this point. Just go out there and play hard.
 

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Cassidy on Yanni Gourde: "Good player. Clever player, obviously. Got them on the power play for five minutes. Finished the game with no problems."
More Cassidy later: "He did a good job. He's finishing a check... Is it just a 225-pound man hitting a 175-pound man? Paquette did the same thing, if not worse, to Kuhlman. The standard is set... That's what he's asked to do: Be hard on people."
 

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I'm thinking TB deserves to be up 3-1, then again, I live 3 miles from Amalie Arena.
Is Yeoman's still in business? Fun place, but I can't imagine being there post-Covid. I miss the parking a mile north for free at 6PM and walking down Morgan.
 

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From 60 minutes from the Cup to this goddamn embarrassment.
I really think the only difference between last years result and this one (and 2018) is Bobrovsky stoning Tampa last year. Or else we’d be talking about the same result three years in a row.

Last year was fools gold. They should’ve finished it off given the opportunity, but it was fools gold. They’re not anywhere near Tampa, Probably Washington, and 2-3 teams out west. They gotta figure out a way to get better.
 

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They were the Presidents Trophy winners this year.

They match up poorly with Tampa but not this poorly. Poor effort, bad officiating and horrible goaltending are killing them. I’m so pissed at Halak because that second goal absolutely sunk the team.
 

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No one was signing their praises last year after getting waxed in four.
I know that. They sucked last year in the playoffs. All I’m saying is that unless something drastically changes the same thing is going to happen for the second time in row that they’ve played these guys.

Management just can’t chalk it up to bad officiating. We play in the same division with Toronto and Montreal, we’re always going to get bad officiating. All of the guys that work for the league up in Toronto hear people constantly bitching about the Bruins. That has an effect.

They have to look at themselves and at the roster and see how they can find a way to get past these guys.
 

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It’s easy: get better goaltending. Obv Rask is out for personal reasons, but they screwed up the backup choice and it’s killing them.

I agree they need to work the refs better but Halak is just killing them. You can’t give up that second goal, ever. Their most important position is playing at a sub-AHL level and no team can survive that.
 

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Wondering how they screwed up the backup choice? Halak has been great for the last two regular seasons, was great in the Carolina series, and as a 35 year old has begun to seemingly break down / have his glove hand exploited by Tampa. I don't think you can ask for much more out of a backup, though he's had a rough past two games.
 

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It’s easy: get better goaltending. Obv Rask is out for personal reasons, but they screwed up the backup choice and it’s killing them.

I agree they need to work the refs better but Halak is just killing them. You can’t give up that second goal, ever. Their most important position is playing at a sub-AHL level and no team can survive that.
Pretty much a 50/50 regular season split and they were the best duo in the league.

Halak’s been a career back up for a reason. Unless you have a kid or something as a backup that can catch fire like Matt Murray for Pittsburgh a few years ago then your likely going to be screwed when your top goalie goes down.
 

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They've score 8 goals in four games. With the lack of offense, you need your goalie to basically be perfect to win. Thats a tough ask for your starter, and an impossible ask for your backup, regardless of who he is. They are being outplayed by a better team.
 

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They've score 8 goals in four games. With the lack of offense, you need your goalie to basically be perfect to win. Thats a tough ask for your starter, and an impossible ask for your backup, regardless of who he is. They are being outplayed by a better team.
Agreed. 4 even strength goals in 4 games.

The 3rd period in game 4 against Carolina has been their only sustained offense in the bubble.
 

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I don't get this argument at all, Halak has been great for 2 years, how exactly did they screw that up?
Dobby has been dragging an overmatched Dallas team on his back in the same situation while facing like 38 shots a game while his replacement is giving the opponent 1 or 2 freebies a game.

Halak is the worst player on the ice and its going to end their season. You cannot have a supposed NHL goalie give up that second goal today.
 

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Are you done yet? You've been spewing this crap all over here and twitter. Hopefully it's out of your system by now.

Pretty much the whole team has stunk. Halak made a ridiculous save on Kucherov earlier in the game and gave up a bad one with the glove Later. They Pretty much cancel out. He's been not great but not sure what else you can expect. Him and Tuukka have been the best duo in the league and to imply the contract was a mistake is ridiculous. I'm not gonna bury the backup goalie when they've scored 2 goals in 2 games and given an effort worthy of mid February on the road back to back.

Point your rage posting at literally the whole rest of the team. They deserve it.
 

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TFP you’re a hockey player, you don’t need me or anyone to tell you how it affects a team when a goalie gives up a terrible goal. They started sqeezing the sticks real tight after that.

But clearly you’re all sick of this so I’ll stop.
 

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If one bad goal in the 2nd period is enough to do the whole team in then they’re not nearly resilient enough to win the Cup anyway.
 

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Wondering how they screwed up the backup choice? Halak has been great for the last two regular seasons, was great in the Carolina series, and as a 35 year old has begun to seemingly break down / have his glove hand exploited by Tampa. I don't think you can ask for much more out of a backup, though he's had a rough past two games.
Today he was fantastic except for the one miss. He was responsible for one goal today. The other two...well, one was a massive and unfathomable defensive breakdown giving a guy a point-blank shot, and the other was one of the most absurd ricochets you'll ever see. He made a ton of great saves today and kept Boston in the game. Game one he was good. Game two...meh. Game three was bad. But today he was really good.
 

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Dobby has been dragging an overmatched Dallas team on his back in the same situation while facing like 38 shots a game while his replacement is giving the opponent 1 or 2 freebies a game.

Halak is the worst player on the ice and its going to end their season. You cannot have a supposed NHL goalie give up that second goal today.
Dobby is 6-4 with a 2.75 GAA and a .913 save % in the playoffs while having faced a worse offense in each round than Halak faced, and the team he's facing right now is starting a 29 year old rookie goalie.

Coming into today Halak was 4-3 with a 2.91 and .903 in the playoffs. I fail to see any significant difference in their performance, just the second round competition they happen to be facing.