There’s a Bruins game today at 3:00 against the Flyers and it counts.
Teams on the playoff bubble when the season was suspended get themselves a play-in playoff round while the remaining teams at the top of the standings get a lame round robin seeding round. This means that if the Bruins have a couple of off games at the start they could end up being the first President’s trophy winner that isn’t the #1 seed in their conference.
Still, it’s better than having the four best teams in each conference wait while the rest of the league plays 3-5 games leading into the actual playoffs. We get the Flyers today at 3:00, the Lightning on Wednesday at 4:00 and the Capitals on Sunday, time TBD. All of the games will be played in an empty rink in Toronto and that’s perfectly fine with me.
The only thing I would do different, and this is purely selfish of me, is that I would add the numbers from this faux playoff round to the regular season. That’s really just so we can give David Pastrnak three more games to hit the 50 goal mark.
3:00pm. NESN. 98.5 The Sports Hub. Watch it, listen to it, whatever. Just be happy that the NHL is back and there are meaningful Bruins games coming.
ADDENDUM: Sorry, it’s on NBC Sports Network, not NESN.
Sometimes I like to look back through this blog to see what happened on this day in history. I’ve got posts going back 14 years now so there is the potential for a lot of stuff. This morning before work I did exactly that. I read every post (well, I skimmed every post) made on the 10th of April in each year from 2006 through 2020.
One thing of note was a post in 2010 where I mentioned the Bruins scoring three goals on a single penalty kill. I did not remember that at all. Let me rephrase to keep with the South Park ‘Member Berries theme, I did not ‘member that at all.
Wouldn’t you know it, some one posted this video onto the Bruins subreddit today. It recaps all three of the goals. It was an NHL record, as Jack Edwards will tell you in about three and a half minutes.
The NHL is expected to suspend the regular season today. The commish has a call with the ownership group at 1:00pm Eastern (they are probably all on the call as I type this). After the shit show in the NBA last night*, it is expected he will temporarily pull the plug.
I was sincerely hoping this would not happen*. David Pastrnak is sitting on 48 goals for the season. I was really hoping the league would keep operating long enough for him to score two more. When was the last time the Boston Bruins had a 50 goal scorer? According to this article, the last time was when Cam Neely did it in ’93/’94. I was really hoping Pasta would tick this box before things went bad for the league. The Bruins have a game tomorrow in Buffalo. Couldn’t Commissioner Bettman give him one more game to see if he can pot two more goals?
Oh well. They are telling teams to look into booking games through July. I just hope Pasta doesn’t cool off during this unfortunate break in the season.
In closing, here is a list of Boston Bruins 50 goal scorers:
Scored 76 goals during the 1970-71 season
Scored 66 goals during the 1971-72 season
Scored 55 goals during the 1972-73 season
Scored 68 goals during the 1973-74 season
Scored 61 goals during the 1974-75 season
Scored 51 goals during the 1970-71 season
Scored 50 goals during the 1973-74 season
Scored 51 goals during the 1981-82 season
Scored 55 goals during the 1989-90 season
Scored 51 goals during the 1990-91 season
Scored 50 goals during the 1993-94 season
*Unlike the NHL, the NBA has confirmed players have COVID-19. The first, NBA patient zero, if you will, was joking about the virus just a couple of days ago. During a press conference the rocket scientist made a show of touching all of the microphones, effectively guaranteeing that all of his teammates who were interviewed after him caught the virus that he was already carrying.
*This is sarcasm. Like, #sarcasm. Everyone in North America knew this was coming and it’s not a bad thing.
The Bruins scored a game winning goal in game five of their first round playoff series against Ottawa! Awesome!
I couldn’t hear the TV. I saw what looked like a goal, I saw the refs up to their nose in replays, I saw the no goal called, and I saw the game continued. I also saw the entire Boston sports radio community completely lose their shit on twitter.
A short time later I saw an Ottawa skater fall on the puck in the goal crease. I might have also seen the same player close his hand on the puck in the goal crease. I also so that no one was given a penalty shot. I guess I was wrong about that particular rule.
I am so incredibly sick of seeing Bruins goals waved off on replays. It has sucked a very large percentage of the fun out of the NHL this year. I am just fed up with it. The replay system in the NHL is insulting and has to go away. It won’t, but it has to. ADDENDUM: The Bruins won the game in the second overtime. Justice.
Last year the Bruins needed to win their last game to have a shot at making the playoffs. Their #1 goalie, Tuukka Rask, however was sick that day and couldn’t play. They lost that last game and didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
This year the Bruins had already qualified for the playoffs but needed a win in their last game to avoid getting stuck with a first round match up against the #1 seeded Washington Capitals. Tuukka didn’t call in sick this time, but the team did give him the day off. The Bruins lost, the Maple Leafs won, the Bruins dropped to the bottom seed in the Eastern Conference and will now face Washington in the first round.
I don’t really blame Tuukka, but what the hell, Tuukka?! When we are down three games to none against the Caps are you going to take a day off for game four too?
Okay, I guess there still is one way that the Bruins could jump back up to third in the division and not have to face Washington. Something along the lines of Toronto losing today in regulation. I guess that would make us even in the first tie breaker, which Toronto currently wins, and the Bruins have the second tie breaker. Something stupid like that. It doesn’t matter. They still gave Tuukka the day off for a must win game, and Tuukka still accepted it. Dude should have gone to the coach and said screw you, I’m playing.