The Bruins hosted their 1st home playoff game since 2014 and the atmosphere was electric. The Bruins entered this game with a very depleted defensive group anchored by 40 year old Zdeno Chara and 19 year old Charlie McAvoy mixed with AHL players and normally healthy scratches.
After the Bruins got embarrassed off the ice for the first 25 minutes of the game they had a 2nd period surge sparked by goals from Noel Acciari, David Backes and David Pastrnak to mount a comeback from down 3-0. The Bruins dominated the 2nd period after the Noel Acciari tip goal in front of the net, not long after that Backes catches a lucky bounce where Bobby Ryan whiffed on the puck at his own blue line and Backes went in all alone a scored five-hole on the breakaway. Later in the period on the powerplay McAvoy passed the puck to Pastrnak who one-timed it past Anderson short side to tie the game. (McAvoys 1st NHL point)
The refs didn’t have their best performance between either the missed calls or the bad calls and it worked both ways. In the 2nd period Riley Nash toe picked at the blue line and they called a trip on the Ottawa player and his stick didn’t even come close to being the reason why Nash fell. Then Marc Methot was in a scrum with Tim Schaller, Methot threw 2 punches and Schaller didn’t do anything and the refs called matching penalties. In overtime Erik Karlsson hauled down Moore without the puck behind the Ottawa net no call was made just seconds later down the other side of the ice Bobby Ryan targeted Riley Nash’s head with an elbow Nash retaliated with a jab to Ryans jaw, Nash received 2 minutes and Ryan got off free which led to the game winning goal. Just a rough night for Tim Peele and company.
The Bruins first 25 minutes of this game not many words can describe the effort they put in but here are a few pathetic, lazy and embarrassing. There was no effort put in at all and ultimately cost the Bruins the game, as much as people want to blame the refs for the B’s losing, it was on the players if they had shown up and put together a decent 25 minutes to start the game it would of never made it to overtime.