That’s one way to finish off a game that had gone so far into overtime that it became a different day on the calendar before its conclusion. With the clock past midnight and fans starting to fret about their Thursday morning routines, Patrice Bergeron made another overtime miracle happen for the Boston Bruins.
It all started with some hard work from Jaromir Jagr, the kind that has Pittsburgh Penguins fans claiming a penalty call was missed. He worked the puck up the boards to Brad Marchand, who sent it over to an open Bergeron. This is a guy who’s made the best of great passes from Marchand before and he did so once again, ending the seventh longest game in Bruins history.
But despite an exuberant finish and an exciting, quick beginning thanks to a David Krejci goal early in the first, much of this game wasn’t worth writing home about. There were times when the Bruins seemed ill-prepared for the Penguins’ renewed attack and desperation, when it seemed like the home team didn’t really want it at all even though they all swore up and down that they knew Pittsburgh would have a bit of a new look to them as they tried to get a win.
Awful powerless power plays, an unusually low amount of faceoff wins (even for Bergeron), missed chances all over the place and a swath of guys having to go down the tunnel seemed to be the story of this game, except not really, not at all. Not when Tuukka Rask, the brick wall, was between the pipes. He stopped 53 shots, meaning he has now faced 110 shots so far in this series and stopped all but two of them. Whatever he wants when it comes time to give him a new contract, give it to him! He is proving himself in spades.
Gregory Campbell has the true beating heart of a Bruin. After blocking a shot in what looked like his right calf, he stayed on the ice, killing a penalty, even though he had trouble just getting back to his feet. Eventually, he was able to go off, but he stayed on a lot longer than a man with an obvious leg injury should need to. The prognosis doesn’t sound good for him–nothing official yet, though I suspect a broken leg, possibly–but the rest of the team decided to dedicate the rest of the game to him. Now that’s a team-first philosophy.
The tired teams won’t get too long to rest before getting right back at it on Friday night at 8 p.m.