(**NOTE**: All images were screencapped by me; the footage is owned by NESN & the NHL)
By: Karen Still Follow Me @bluinsfan2017
Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the first edition of Bear Sightings—images were taken by me off of my phone for your viewing pleasure, as well as my thoughts on the action. Let’s get started!
Score: Bruins 6 — Canucks 3
First and foremost it was Hockey Fights Cancer Night at the TD Garden. The boys practiced in special lavender jerseys, which has become an annual tradition throughout the NHL. There was also a ceremonial puck drop, and it was done by 8-year-old Layla Flint, who is battling leukemia (and winning!). She was escorted by Captain Zdeno Chara and also got a very special hug from Brad Marchand:
“Our Bergy’s Backes and you’re gonna be in trouble…” (okay I’ll see myself out now).
On a serious note the return of these two gentlemen, one who is the heart and soul of the team and the other who is a respected leader both on and off the ice, was probably akin to Christmas morning to our boys in the B. With Bergeron having been dealing with a nagging lower-body injury (and was a game-time decision), and Backes suffering from an intestinal infection called diverticulitis since the start of the season, Coach Cassidy has been having to juggle lines to find something that would click in the interim. And as we know that despite his best efforts, it was rather unstable, only furthering just how vital and important #37 and #42 truly are to the team if not just for their mad hockey skills, but their presence–just being there.
And did the Bruins ever run to those presents and tear into them with a 6–3 win: Anders Bjork with 2 goals, Pastrnak, Krejci, Marchand and Bergeron himself with a goal each (and 3 assists—seemed like Bergy was most definitely making up for lost time!).
SO GOALS — LOTS & LOTS OF GOALS!
If all those goals weren’t enough, there were two fights, the first of which a lot have said was the catalyst for at least 3 of them: Erik Gudbranson slammed Frank Vatrano into the boards hard, which landed him not only a 5-minute major but a game misconduct. He was afterward met by the unexpected sight of a working man’s man in Tim Schaller, who didn’t take too kindly to the attack on his teammate. It was quite the entertaining fight.
Now, for something that will be called The Token Ugly. Every game has one, whether it’s a camera-breaking face or a player who’s just downright awful. For the inaugural post, this game’s Token Ugly is……
Seriously, this guy is something special: first, he tried to pester the Pest.
And if that wasn’t enough, about 5 minutes later, he picked a fight with Kevan Miller! (who in their right mind would do that?)
Miscellaneous Bear Sightings!
Thank you for joining me! See you next time and Go Bruins!