Cassidy shifts focus from blown call back to Bruins

Mae Harvey
June 9, 2019

After the 7-2 loss in Game 3 that saw the Bruins' power play go 4-for-4, Berube sat straight-faced and reminded us the Blues were the least-penalized team in the first three rounds, then proceeded to point out they had been whistled 14 times in the final alone. The power play, which will see a new look with Marcus Johansson replacing Jake DeBrusk on the top unit, has gone from being the most risky in the National Hockey League to barely being able to gain a decent zone entry in the past couple of games. He wanted to focus on how the Bruins can better "finish some plays" in the offensive zone.

The pendulum has swung both ways in these playoffs. Prior to the start of Game 1, I had the Bruins winning in seven games. "I've grown tight to this group, these players, because they lay it on the line". The non-call led to a St. Louis goal by David Perron midway through the third period-a goal that was ultimately the game-winner as the Blues took a 2-1 win and a 3-2 series lead.

The missed call in Game 5 was more along the lines of Kerry Fraser's missed high-stick in the 1993 conference final than it was Brett Hull's puck in the skate in the 1999 final.

"We play a hard game", said Berube. A hand pass is not subject to review, so the goal stood.

With the series tied at two games each, the Bruins hosted the Blues on Thursday night and the Blues benefited from a glaring penalty no-call that will stand alongside the infamous no-call in January's New Orleans Saints-Los Angeles Rams NFL playoff game. This is what he saw, no call, and seconds after that the puck is in the back of the Boston net. The Blues have been relentless these past few games and are slamming anybody and everybody in a yellow jersey who touches the puck.

The Blues will have a chance to take the trophy that has eluded them since they came into the league in 1967 on Sunday night at Enterprise Center.

They can say, "Hey, what do you mean? It put us closer together, especially now". Through two periods, Chara played 12:10 and had four hits, two shots on goal and he blocked three shots.

Until you don't lose the fourth game of the series from your perspective, you always have the chance. You've got to let the guys play.

Barbashev cleanly picked Johansson's head with his shoulder, not unlike the hit Boston defenceman Charlie McAvoy made on Columbus winger Josh Anderson in Round 2 that cost him one game. I feel as bad for him as anything else. "End of story. I don't need to talk any more about it". "But I don't think it's just a specific speech or just a player that has to do all the talking". The Bruins got an emotional lift with the return of captain Zdeno Chara, who was knocked out of Game 4 after taking a deflected puck to the mouth. How do we prepare to win Game 6?

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