Boston Bruins: Controversial call leads to B’s demise

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Patrice Bergeron
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Patrice Bergeron /

It appeared that the Boston Bruins would be heading into overtime and securing at least a point on Saturday night. Then with just over a minute left the whole game was flipped on its head.

The Boston Bruins were sitting in 2nd place of the Eastern Conference before Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bruins have made what seemed like an insurmountable lead by the Tampa Bay Lightning disappear into thin air. After the 4-3 loss on Saturday night the Bruins have fallen a spot in the standings and left Toronto with a sour taste in their mouth.

Brad Marchand puts the team on his back

Trust me we will get to the “interesting” call late in the third period, but there are some things that will leave Bruins fans holding their head up high. Brad Marchand had an awesome game. He kicked off the scoring early in the first period. Marchand unleashed a sick wrist shot between the faceoff circles for his 23rd goal of the season.

The first period was a high scoring affair with 4 goals being scored. Marchand kicked off the scoring in the first and ended it with just under five minutes left in the period. David Pastrnak made a great pass to Marchand who was driving to the net and “Marchy” was able to sneak the puck by Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen to tie the game at two.

It was Marchand’s 24th goal of the season. Marchand is having another great season and even though he is being overshadowed by Patrice Bergeron’s great play he could make a case for the Hart Trophy.

DeBrusk scores amidst trade rumors

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Jake DeBrusk has heard his name in trade talks with the Bruins looking to acquire New York Rangers winger Rick Nash. DeBrusk improved his resume tallying his 12th goal of the season. Ryan Spooner entered the zone and rifled a pass to DeBrusk in front of the net. DeBrusk deflected the puck into the net and put the Bruins up 3-2.

For a rookie, DeBrusk has had a pretty good season. He has 12 goals and 18 assists on the season. He is a top five goal scorer on the team and has had success with his linemates. Rick Nash is a flashy name and may be able to help but I don’t think it’s worth giving up DeBrusk and possibly Brandon Carlo. DeBrusk seems to be on the right track in his career. The Bruins have a wealth of prospects who all won’t be able to play in the NHL with the young roster the B’s currently have. So I would be much more comfortable giving up these prospects and draft picks compared to messing with a roster that has proven it can compete.

The Call

Now we will get to the final goal of the game. Zach Hyman was fighting for position in front of Tuukka Rask. He was in the crease and appeared to make contact with Rask and push Charlie McAvoy into Rask. Ron Hainsey blasted a one-timer past Rask and gave the Leafs the lead.

I think it’s clear that McAvoy was pushed and goalie interference had to be called, but I guess this is why I am not an NHL ref because the goal stood and I wasn’t the only one who was confused.

That wasn’t the only rough news for the Boston Bruins. It is being reported that Patrice Bergeron left the arena with a boot on his right leg. That is not what you want to see on your top goal scorer. The Bruins struggled without Bergeron early in the season and are going to need him to make a deep run in the playoffs.

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The Boston Bruins are now in third place in the Eastern Conference. They look to rebound against the Buffalo Sabres today as they try to regain second place and hopefully won’t be missing Bergeron.