Game 7 - Bruins v. Blues

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Underrated storyline was the way the Blues controlled the front of the net in both zones. They were constantly muscling our guys, lifting their sticks and clogging the lanes. But, we let too many guys stand in front of Rask with their sticks on the ice and left too many open lanes for their D to rifle shots.
So true. Bennington gave up some monster rebounds, and we weren’t well positioned to field them
 

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They were physical. They weren’t dirty outside of the end of Game 6. They outphysicaled and played shutdown D. Bruins in 2011. I honestly feel no ill will towards the Blues.
They received two suspensions and won a game on slew foot.
They tried to take off Pasta's head in game 3 I think and always aimed high.

You actually don't think they were dirty?
 

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The fault was not in losing game 7. Anyone can lose a game. The fault was in letting it get to 7.

I think the main reasons it went to 7 is them losing a key defenseman in 2 different games. Shit happens, it played out, and I also give the Blues full credit for playing a tough series and a deserving champ
 

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They were physical. They weren’t dirty outside of the end of Game 6. They outphysicaled and played shutdown D. Bruins in 2011. I honestly feel no ill will towards the Blues.
other than what, at least 3 uncalled headshots in game 5? first team ever to win the cup with 2 scf suspensions (which combined for 2 minutes in penalties)
 

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The goal at the end of the first was a play he could have made and he NEEDED to make and he didn’t. Yeah Marchand let the play happen but you want to be an all time goalie? You gotta make that play.
That's pretty tough - guy in the slot, unfettered, defense in total disarray? Backhand to top shelf/corner? Not really on Tuukka. Tip by O'Reilly? Somebody got outmuscled up high. Pasta failed to stay on the backcheck on another when he could have lifted a stick. Multiple whiffs by him, Coyle, DeBrusk, Marchand. Bad night at the worst time. That said, if your shooting % in clinchers is 33%, you can Clutch, Grab, Concuss and Park the Bus your way to the cup. In wake of league sanction of StL "style," concussion experts are now flooding NHL offices with resumes for anticipated expanded protocol programs. Haven't heard a word of credit to the opponent yet. Anyone?
 

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Defensive? They carried possession but couldn't score. And when the puck went the other way it ended up in the twine.

Scorers gotta score, goalies gotta stop. Their'n did, our'n didn't.
The first goal was on a deflection that looked to be going wide. The 2nd one was an odd-man rush that resulted from one of the worst changes I've ever seen. Not much Rask could do on those ones.
 

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They received two suspensions and won a game on slew foot.
They tried to take off Pasta's head in game 3 I think and always aimed high.

You actually don't think they were dirty?
They were dirty. Can't argue it. But the Bs top guys being hurt coming in is what did us in. The Bergeron line is all going to get work done I think
 

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Bottom line is the Bruins were too reliant on special teams. The 1st line never got going in the finals and thus the team never really had the ice tilted at 5x5.

1st line- bad to mediocre
2nd line- Krejci, DeBrusk and an anchor
3rd line- did their job, probably should’ve played more
4th line- mostly garbage
 

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They received two suspensions and won a game on slew foot.
They tried to take off Pasta's head in game 3 I think and always aimed high.

You actually don't think they were dirty?
Yes. They were bad hits but not out of their way Matt Cooke hits. It happens with physical teams. That also wasn’t a slew foot. It was a misplayed battle for the puck that was a tripping.
 

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I say this as someone whose wife is from St. Louis. I say this as someone who is deep in the red-necky, Branson domain of the state. I say this: Screw your jorts-wearing, Bud Light-drinking, provel cheese-eating fan base with the intensity of a thousand Steve Harveys.

But I love the Bruins no less. Thanks for an awesome season.
 

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They received two suspensions and won a game on slew foot.
They tried to take off Pasta's head in game 3 I think and always aimed high.

You actually don't think they were dirty?
That's also the attempt to take out Krug.. and there was another full on slash.. multiple cross checks and late checks, drags down by the head, holding the stick is apparently a thing... just a ton of penalties that weren't called.. nm all of the times they had 6-8 men on the ice. Some of it was definitely dirty...but they seemed to play with the idea that you can't call them all...and for this series/playoffs they were right.
 

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It’s amazing to have gotten this far with the first line being half-garbage/half-injured for basically the entire run. Needed them and it just never clicked.
 

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Letting Ryan O’Reilly get a free tip and Petro a mini-break is a let down by the D. It’s not an either/or type deal. If Tuukka wasn’t great in Game 6 and they’re not here.
I am not blaming Rask at all for losing this series. They only made to to game 7 because of him.
That being said, he picked a bad time to have a so so game. The same can be said for Tim Thomas but he finished the job.
 

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This was harder to swallow than 2013, since the Blackhawks were the better team, but I felt the Bruins were the better team this year. As tough losses go, though, it doesn't come close to 1971 (arguably the most crushing loss ever by a Boston team). This was more like 1974--a near-great team stymied by a hot goalie on a goon team.
 

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The first goal was on a deflection that looked to be going wide. The 2nd one was an odd-man rush that resulted from one of the worst changes I've ever seen. Not much Rask could do on those ones.
Yeahbut - you don't count on your goalie to stop only the ones that hit him, he needs to stop some that have a high degree of difficulty.

To be fair to Rask, there is no game 7 if he doesn't do that throughout the playoffs.

To be fair to everyone, Binnington did and Tukka didn't tonight.
 

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Well, they got away with some holds and a few trips, but the refs called nothing tonight (other than the delay of game that they had to).
yeah. mcavoy was taken down on his way to the net with a stick..no? There weren't as many possible penalties tonight, but there were definitely a few. B's dominated tonight in play..Blues just buried the few chances they had. It happens.
 

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other than what, at least 3 uncalled headshots in game 5? first team ever to win the cup with 2 scf suspensions (which combined for 2 minutes in penalties)
Why stop if they’re not calling it.
That's also the attempt to take out Krug.. and there was another full on slash.. multiple cross checks and late checks, drags down by the head, holding the stick is apparently a thing... just a ton of penalties that weren't called.. nm all of the times they had 6-8 men on the ice. Some of it was definitely dirty...but they seemed to play with the idea that you can't call them all...and for this series/playoffs they were right.
So they’re a physical team that plays on the edge. Glad we could clear that up with the airing of everything they may have done wrong.
 

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Losing 3 of 4 at home is unexplainable to me
Only the 99-00 Stars, 89-90 Bruins, 65-66 and 45-46 Red Wings, and 27-28 Maroons (who went 0-3) have lost 3 games at home in a SCF. Of those, only the 44-45 Wings and 27-28 Maroons lost in a winner take all/series finale game.

This is stupid stats drivel but goodness knows I need to research to get my brain elsewhere right now. This game did not feel like it was the score at the end of 60, given the possessions, opportunities, entries, etc. It's more typical in hockey, puck luck and all get that, but wow.
 

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yeah. mcavoy was taken down on his way to the net with a stick..no? There weren't as many possible penalties tonight, but there were definitely a few. B's dominated tonight in play..Blues just buried the few chances they had. It happens.
yes, blatant trip that 100% should have been a no brainer call
 

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Yes. They were bad hits but not out of their way Matt Cooke hits. It happens with physical teams. That also wasn’t a slew foot. It was a misplayed battle for the puck that was a tripping.
Watch the replay of the Savard hit and watch the replay of Johanson getting hit.. nearly identical.
Blues hit high all series and often had the butt end of their sticks up high...and head hunted all series. It's disingenuous to simply call it physical.

And to say that was a misplayed puck battle.. dude stuck his knee out and took the guys legs out with his stick..
 

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Yeahbut - you don't count on your goalie to stop only the ones that hit him, he needs to stop some that have a high degree of difficulty.

To be fair to Rask, there is no game 7 if he doesn't do that throughout the playoffs.

To be fair to everyone, Binnington did and Tukka didn't tonight.
I'm not taking away anything from Binnington. He was great tonight when he had to be. Rask did stop some that had a high degree of difficulty tonight. He just got hung out to dry too many times and unlike other games this postseason did not bail them out every time.
 

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Why stop if they’re not calling it.

So they’re a physical team that plays on the edge. Glad we could clear that up with the airing of everything they may have done wrong.
What's playing dirty to you?
 

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You know, this just hit me...what the fuck ever about me as an individual. I've seen enough good shit. But fuck man, I wish for Haunted's sake especially they could've had this. Like, if there's anyone who deserved this win tonight, it's him. Wish you well, man.
 

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Watch the replay of the Savard hit and watch the replay of Johanson getting hit.. nearly identical.
Blues hit high all series and often had the butt end of their sticks up high...and head hunted all series. It's disingenuous to simply call it physical.

And to say that was a misplayed puck battle.. dude stuck his knee out and took the guys legs out with his stick..
Okay. So long as we’re doing video comparisons, compare that to the slew foot Marchand got suspended for.
 

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I honestly do not think the Blues were better tonight, they won, but they did not play better, which is not that unusual in the NHL.
There’s a difference between not playing better and not deserving to win.
 

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They were physical. They weren’t dirty outside of the end of Game 6. They outphysicaled and played shutdown D. Bruins in 2011. I honestly feel no ill will towards the Blues.
They’d were headhunting in game 1. Blues deserved to win but they laid a lot of dirty shots on the Bs the whole series.
 

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They were physical. They weren’t dirty outside of the end of Game 6. They outphysicaled and played shutdown D. Bruins in 2011. I honestly feel no ill will towards the Blues.
They were filthy. They had two players suspended in a Stanley Cup Final and left their feet on an absurdly high number of hits, one series after knocking out three guys with head shots.

Come on with this.
 

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Offensively, throughout the series they were inconsistent in how they attacked Binnington. At home, they seemed very tight and passed the puck too much when they could have shot it too much. In STL, they seemed to be much more aggressive shooting the puck and pounced on the rebounds which turned into goals.

As far as the physical play by STL, they toed the line and went over it a little bit. But tonight, it was not a factor. They just got outplayed.
 

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very disappointing, the Bruins were the better team, tonight and in the series, but puck luck and the refs etc. This team should only be praised for their resiliency in the season and the playoffs. Who knows what injuries they played through. Congratulations to the B's and get them next year
 

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Offensively, throughout the series they were inconsistent in how they attacked Binnington. At home, they seemed very tight and passed the puck too much when they could have shot it too much. In STL, they seemed to be much more aggressive shooting the puck and pounced on the rebounds which turned into goals.

As far as the physical play by STL, they toed the line and went over it a little bit. But tonight, it was not a factor. They just got outplayed.
The overpassing was something that plagued them all post season. But they’d rectify it, either mid game or the next game. Tonight they never got it together enough to capitalize.
 

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Badly blown opportunity tonight. That's what hurts; the B's had the talent, but couldn't put it together and lost 3 of 4. The Blues were physical, sometimes dirty, but that wasn't the cause. The B's looked awful all of Game 5 up until the trip on Acciari. And too many mistakes tonight.

I don't see this core being able to do it again. Tampa has a much deeper roster and will be back and will be looking to atone for this year's fiasco. I think this loss will be too difficult for them to recover from that easily.
 

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Offensively, throughout the series they were inconsistent in how they attacked Binnington. At home, they seemed very tight and passed the puck too much when they could have shot it too much. In STL, they seemed to be much more aggressive shooting the puck and pounced on the rebounds which turned into goals.

As far as the physical play by STL, they toed the line and went over it a little bit. But tonight, it was not a factor. They just got outplayed.
Basically this. They figured out the line. Crossed it a few times as physical teams are wont to do and the B’s have done in the recent past. And with that they beat up a more skilled Bruins team. They sacrificed two games from 4th liners to do so. I can’t be angry at that. Didn’t like the Barbashev hit but the Sundqvist one was dumb but not predatory IMO. Anyone who thinks Bozak’s was a slew foot is stupid.
 

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The overpassing was something that plagued them all post season. But they’d rectify it, either mid game or the next game. Tonight they never got it together enough to capitalize.
Yes they usually had a period of the cuteness then would come out and make adjustments and it would work. Not tonight. The 2nd goal completely crushed them it seemed. They just were never in sync and you could tell with the passes that were not connecting. STL just parked people in the neutral zone and layered up.