Honestly a better game than expected. The Boston Bruins made some good changes to their game, just too late. It’s a shame the round robin screwed them and forced them into facing the Tampa Bay Lightning this early, as these were the best two teams in the NHL this year. The goal is make the better teams face off later in the postseason, and while I may have a bias because my rooting interest is out, the NHL made a terrible decision implementing the round robin tournament. (Side note: the “number one” seed Philadelphia Flyers are down 3-1 to the six seeded New York Islanders. It’s a joke)
As for the game the Bruins gave it all they had, just fell short. The game plan they implemented was good, as they played more aggressive on both ends of the ice, and weren’t necessarily handcuffed to certain lines. Of course Bruce Cassidy seemed to find some life in the lower lines with Karson Kuhlman and Jack Studnicka in their final game, but the couldn’t get anything by Andrei Vasilevskiy. Jaroslav Halak played a very good game, but he was out dueled in this one. Hopefully they can build up some decent depth and make another go at it next season, whenever that may be.
(Originally posted on August 31, 2020)