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Bruins Offense Shits The Bed In Game Six, Team In Danger Of Colossal Choke Job

Here’s your offensive highlight.

One friggin’ Bruins goal. That’s all the regular season’s 4th most potent offense could produce in a 3-1 Game 6 loss in Toronto that sets up a loser-go-home Game 7 tomorrow night at North Station. It didn’t need to be this way. But the Bs could only put one of 33 shots across the goal line thanks to yet another phenomenal performance from Leafs goalie Freddy Andersen.

They did themselves no favors with too much dipsy-do-ing and always looking for the perfect shot or pass on a night when Andersen was tracking the puck excellently. The Bs needed to produce more rebounds because ugly goals were going to be the only way to beat the Leafs last night but they were just trying to be too cute too much.

I’ve been a big Bruce Cassidy guy all year but I’m not sure why he went with Tommy Wingels on the second line after moving Rick Nash to the third line (even if Wingels didn’t stay there all game). There was no room for him on the fourth line so Cassidy opted for him over Danton Heinen, Ryan Donato, and Brian Gionta on a night where his team would struggle to produce offense. I’ve understood his reluctance to use Donato (Toronto’s second goal in Game 2 was a glaring example) and Gionta has been his “in case of emergency, break glass” guy. But I think I’d have gone with Heinen because of the offensive upside he brings. The RW2 is a typically a guy with some offensive pop and Wingels had two playoff goals in 54 games entering this post-season.

The Bruins actually had the lead after Jake DeBrusk wisely fired a shot with a crowd out front that beat Andersen early in the second. That lasted for 35 whole seconds until William Nylander swept in uncovered to put a Nazem Kadri rebound past Tuukka Rask.

With 6:35 left in the second, the Leafs best skater this series, Mitch Marner, gave the Leafs the lead for good when he was inexplicably left wide open out front and beat Rask with a nasty backhander.

Rask may have stunk up the joint Saturday night but he did his job last night, stopping 27 of 29 shots. There wasn’t much he could’ve done on either goal—uncovered guys from point blank. And he was an absolute BEAST in the third, making a handful of huge saves to keep the Bruins within one.

The Bs got a gift PP with 5+ minutes left in the game when Marner put the puck over the glass. But they couldn’t convert on a frustrating man-advantage, seemingly looking for the perfect play instead of getting greasy. When one pass to a wide-open David Krejci found its target, Andersen read it perfectly and was in position for the save. With 1:14 left, Tomas Plekanec’s ENG meant that there will be a Game 7 in the First Round.

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The Bruins and their fans didn’t want a Game 7 but their shit start in Game 5 and Dollar Store Globetrotters act in Game 6 dictated otherwise. So here we are. Tomorrow night starting at 7:30, the Bruins either move on to face Tampa Bay or face a summer of questions and regret. See ya there.