WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Last night’s Bruins game was amazingly entertaining! They were in Toronto for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, and it will likely be the last home playoff game for the Maple Leafs this year. With a win, the Bruins now have a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Now they get the chance to win the series at home on Friday. I almost feel bad for them since they haven’t even made it to the playoffs in nine years and just lost both of what will likely be their only home games.. but then I remember that stupid ass Leafs fan in the previous game who had the “Toronto Stronger” poster (see previous blog post).. and I also remember how much I hate Phil Kessel.. and I also remember the dirty knee-on-knee hit by Dion Phaneuf on Nathan Horton last night right before the game-winning goal in overtime (see video below)..
So no, I don’t feel bad.. Suck it Maple Leafs!
Every Bruins player played hard this game. Our defense was very solid, led by Zdeno Chara, who also had assists on all four Bruins goals. We even had an effective power play, scoring two goals on five of them. The main highlight, however, was David Krejci who had a hat trick, including the game-winning goal in overtime. It was his second career playoff hat trick. He is now one of the few Bruins players with multiple playoff hat tricks, joining the likes of Cam Neely and Phil Esposito. With five goals, five assists, 10 points (leading the league), a hat trick, and a +/- rating of +7 in the four playoff games so far, he is arguably the best player in the playoffs right now. What’s more, last night he became the first player since Wayne Gretzky to get a playoff hat trick in Toronto. In his career, he has 57 points in 63 playoffs games with a +/- rating of +25. When they won the Stanley Cup in 2011, he lead the playoffs in even strength goals with 12 in 25 games, including four game-winners! Any doubts that people had about him should now definitely be dismissed.
In Game 3, Tuukka Rask had set a new personal record with 45 saves.. in Game 4, he had another 45, some of which were spectacular! He stopped 4 of 4 shots during Toronto power plays and finished with a 0.938 save percentage. He also stopped 27 of 28 shots from the Leafs’ top three scorers: Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, and James van Riemsdyk. The best part of his game wasn’t his stats, though, it was how incredibly calm, cool, and collected he was for all 73 minutes. Even when he was seriously tested in overtime, when any slight slip-up would cost the game and drastically change the series, he held his own and single-handedly gave the Bruins a chance to win.
The Bruins were tough as hell! Even though the Maple Leafs out-hit us, it didn’t feel like that. It felt more like we imposed our will on them. Still, we took some big hits. Both Milan Lucic and Chris Kelly had to get stitches, but they both came back to play afterwards. Kelly’s cut was really nasty looking too as he had a huge gash on his cheek. Also, right before Krejci scored in overtime, Nathan Horton took a dirty hit from the Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf to move the puck forward (see video below). It was knee-on-knee and looked pretty bad. I really hope he’s alright.
The Bruins are now coming home for Game 5 with a chance to win the series. Most people, including me, take it as a given that they will win the game on Friday. It would be awesome for them to take the series at home, but even if they somehow lose the next game, it’s pretty much impossible for them to lose the series. So looking forward, I think Bruins fans should feel very confident. Our team has shown incredible poise and determination. They went into the second period of this game down 2-0 and still came back to win it. While they are efficient both offensively and defensively, they also posses the ability to fight back from behind if they do happen to slip up. So, Bruins fans, no matter what the situation is going forward in the playoffs, you should always..
Here are the highlights from Game 4:
Here’s a shorter version of the highlights:
Here’s Patrice Bergeron’s power play goal:
Here’s the three goals in David Krejci’s 2nd career playoff hat trick:
Here’s David Krejci’s game-winning overtime goal in HD:
Here’s Dion Phaneuf’s dirty knee-on-knee hit on Nathan Horton:
Here’s a hilarious video of the Leafs goalie James Reimer’s wife April staring down the Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf’s fiancé Elisha Cuthbert after Phaneuf’s dirty hit led to Krejci scoring to win the game:
Thanks for reading,