Big Bad Blog

Charlie McAvoy Boston Bruins
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kalman
April 20, 2019 - 2:43 pm
The Bruins have their backs against the wall trailing the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference first round heading into Game 6 on the road Sunday. A mix of older players who’ve on the Stanley Cup and younger players that are in the first or second Stanley Cup playoffs run, it...
Read More
Zach Hyman Toronto Maple Leafs
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kalman
April 20, 2019 - 12:33 pm
Trying to find someone not employed by the NHL or the Toronto Maple Leafs that agrees with the ruling that Auston Matthews’ goal Friday against the Bruins wasn’t goaltender interference has been Whitey Bulger-style manhunt. Brian Burke, now an analyst for Sportsnet , once was the president and...
Read More
Brad Marchand and Jake Gardiner
Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports
Scott McLaughlin
April 20, 2019 - 1:25 am
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand haven't been bad in the Bruins ' first-round series against the Maple Leafs. They just haven't been great. And if the Bruins are going to go to Toronto and win Game 6 and then come back home and win a decisive Game 7, they're going to need those two to be great...
Read More
Tuukka Rask and Zach Hyman
Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports
Evan Marinofsky
April 20, 2019 - 12:00 am
The most controversial play of the series played out on Friday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. The Maple Leafs came out on the right end; the Bruins on the wrong end. With 11 minutes gone in the third period, Auston Matthews one-timed a slap...
Read More
Patrice Bergeron and Nikita Zaitsev
Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Evan Marinofsky
April 19, 2019 - 9:53 pm
It looked like this one was going to go all night. And then came the 8:27 mark of the third period when the Boston Bruins had their first defensive breakdown -- the first crucial one for either team. An Auston Matthews one-timer for the first goal of the game. Just like we all predicted. Auston...
Read More
Marcus Johansson Boston Bruins
Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kalman
April 19, 2019 - 2:08 pm
As far as hockey injuries go, a lung contusion is one of the rarer ones. And you can bet Bruins forward Marcus Johansson would rather than go through that again. “I mean I couldn’t do much for a while, so I mean that obviously is not good,” he told WEEI.com after the Bruins’ morning skate at...
Read More
Tuukka Rask
USA Today Sports
Evan Marinofsky
April 18, 2019 - 8:58 am
The roof was mere decibels away from blowing off Scotiabank Arena on several occasions Wednesday night. The Maple Leafs faithful could feel the chance to go up 3-1 in the series. But the roof never did blow off. Instead, Tuukka Rask fended off any chance of that happening, as he stopped 38 of 42...
Read More
Torey Krug and Connor Brown
USA Today Sports
Evan Marinofsky
April 17, 2019 - 10:32 pm
Don Cherry is as outspoken as they come, and he had no problem ripping into the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as other NHL teams, for what he sees as a rise in slew-footing. "Something's been coming into hockey, a long time ago Pavel Bure did it. But look at this here. That's a slew foot. This is a...
Read More
Tuukka Rask
USA Today Sports
WEEI
April 17, 2019 - 10:08 pm
The Bruins nearly let a 5-2 third-period lead slip away, but held on for a 6-4 win over the Maple Leafs on the road Wednesday night to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2. David Pastrnak, who had been having a quiet series, came to life and scored twice, while Brad Marchand had a goal and two...
Read More
Boston Bruins
John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Kalman
April 17, 2019 - 9:48 pm
The win-one-lose-one pattern of this series doesn’t favor the Bruins in the long run, but for now they’ll take it. For the second time in the Eastern Conference first round the Bruins responded to a defeat with a series-tying victory, this time taking Game 4 at Toronto 6-4 on Wednesday. The Bruins...
Read More

Pages