NHL Observations as Round One Ends

Just a few things that caught my eye:

  • The Bruins won, but Tuukka Rask played sieve again. It’s like they won in spite of him. That won’t work next round.
  • Kasperi Kapanen not only undressed Tuukka Rask on that shorthanded goal, he took his clothes and his shoes, and skated away. What. A. Move.

  • Jake DeBrusk comes up big. Again. He got the hands his dad never had.
  • Seven points for Patrice, Pasta and the Honey Badger. Nice bookend to the series after a quiet middle.
  • Over-under on Auston Matthews having an injury?
  • Jake Gardiner is one part brilliant and one part train wreck. OK, maybe two parts train wreck. Minus-5 says it all. He may have tallied 52 points, but I wouldn’t put him on my team.
  • Round 2 starts Thursday and we’ll see both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals a series early. The Jets and Preds are the top two in the West; ditto Boston and Tampa Bay. I really dislike this new format.
  • Hey — at least the Raptors won.