Stanley Cup Game 1: Don’t Poke the Bear

  • The Bruins came out rusty until Sean Kuraly and the fourth line stopped the bleeding. The fourth-line was the best on the ice.
  • The Bruins were a handful for the first three rounds. But everyone said they’d be water bugs compared to the big, heavy Blues. It sure didn’t look that way. The Blues had almost no O-zone time and their cycle game didn’t exist. #DontPokeTheBear

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NHL Playoffs: First team to advance

  • On Jan. 1, the Canes had 80-1 odds to win the Cup. Today, they are the favorites at 13-4. Let that sink in. The Carolina Hurricanes.
  • The Isles were 38-2-2 this season when they scored three goals. It took three games to score three against the Canes. And they had just five total — that’s one less than Curtis Joseph had to work with in 2002-03 with the Wings. Like Cujo, Robin Lehner deserved far better.

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NHL Playoff Obserations: Backes’ Boo-Boo and Brent Burns is … Ordinary?

Just a few things that caught my eye:

  • David Backes’ boo-boo could cost him plenty. A strong playoff run — he’d chalked up 13 points in 16 postseason games prior to Saturday — has been masking what’s been a bit of decline since the odometer turned 30. The better his playoffs, the better his contract come July 1. Flush.
  • One hundred and 56 minutes and 59 seconds. That’s all it took for the Blues to finally get on the scoreboard. Wow.

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