1;52 into the game, Bruins grab their first lead and would never trail. Krejci pots his first. Despite the relative balance of the regular season series, the Bruins had as much as a four goal lead. The scoring however wasn’t the story, nor the fun smashmouth physical play.
The biggest story was a continuation of the utter lack of officiating competence. Of all the penalties called there were probably three a side that were legitimate penalties. The Marchand tripping call on Pronger was almost as egregious a dive as PK Subbans trust fall in game seven. Paille was penalized for ‘contact’ on an icing against Pronger who promptly slashed him, Pronger probably deserved an intent to injure on that as it was in no way a hockey play. Going the other way, the call of goaltender interference on Rinaldo was just silly. It not only wasn’t goaltender interference, it wasn’t anything like goaltender interference.
From rule 69 of the NHL Rulebook:
If an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.
Rinaldo and Seidenberg were lockedup when they went into Thomas, Ronaldo made no effort to enhance the contact with Thomas, this was such a bad, bad call and it was early enough in the game to set the tone. Just horrific officiating from the word go.
The next leading storyline was the spastic play of the Flyers defense. Mark Recchi’s goal was the result of his tenacity, and the Flyers defense standing around waiting for the next bus to come by. This again was typical of the Flyers defense which aided the Bruins by standing around in their own zone or being wildly out of position on a goal. The opening goal of the game was Krejci’s and made me wonder if anyone told the Flyers that Czech center could actually score and they might wanna cover him. Campbell’s goal was possibly the only one in which the Flyers looked like they were in position.
Game two is Monday night.