The Bruins played (if you want to call it that) their first game last Sunday against a buzzing Philadelphia Flyers last Sunday and as happy as I was to finally start watching hockey again, I wished they had taken it away again just as quickly. It was mind blowing how poorly the team started, played in the middle and then eventually the end. All of it was a joke, starting with Tuukka Rask. For those that don’t know, the players have an app on their phone to communicate to doctors and people monitoring players closely, their overall condition.
Our starting goaltender, arguably the best goalie in the league who by the way already has a finger in a splint because he broke a finger on his glove hand walking into the rink apparently, decided that it would be a good idea to let the app know that he coughed that morning. Not has a cough, coughed that morning. Needless to say, the alarms starting going off and into solitary confinement went Vezna hopeful Tuukka Rask for four days. Great job bud. So starting there it all went down hill. The ice was trash, our skaters looked like they were in quick sand, our goalie couldn’t see a cloud if it were a rainy day. The entire thing was a debacle. Also the Flyers looked READY to go and it seemed like for the two weeks of team skating, they didnt do anything besides wrist shot drills from the tops of the circles. No power play, D zone coverage. Nope, two lines with one at each hash and let’s rip’em. “We’re going to need this skill” and they were right. Whatever, first game out of the way, we are on to Tampa Bay.
There are four teams in this round robin battling for the number one seed (Why we were awarded the President’s trophy and regular season champions, I do not know but we aren’t the Colts so no banner for that accomplishment) and we are already behind the eight ball. If we lose to Tampa Bay tonight we more or less lock up the fourth seed with the three teams ahead of us already having at least a point. The idea that the best team in the league is starting in the fourth spot is wild but that’s how it was drawn up and agreed upon so here we are. The Bruins, led by a paroled Tuukka Rask, has to pick up where he left off at the end of play this season. Everything I’ve read says he’s playing amazing yet we haven’t had the chance to see it yet so I won’t hold much stock in those reports. What I have seen has me worried. Our top line needs to play with some urgency. Seems like these are still warm up games for them and to some fans they are but I fully believe that you cannot just “turn it on” once you’re seeded and you have the opportunity to instill that last bit of intimidation to a team you may see down the road, how can you not want to beat them? I don’t know. Im not saying the entire playoffs are in jeopardy but at the same time based on what I’ve seen I am not nearly as confident as I was prior to all this getting kicked off. More to come on that after this very telling game 2 of the round robin vs Tampa Bay.
By: Dotts CruelFan.com