October 31, 2013

Wait, there was a Bruins game last night?

By Jesse Connolly

Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby probably didn't appear on many Boston area television screens Wednesday night. (Getty Images)

If a tree falls in the woods, and no one's there to hear it, does it make a sound? Well, if you can answer that, you can probably tackle this one:

If the Bruins lose a hockey game, but everyone in New England was watching another Boston team play, does it still count in the standings? That's the impractical question I know the answer to but I'm still asking, following the B's 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh that was entirely overshadowed by the Red Sox's World Series-clinching victory over the Cardinals at Fenway Park. 

While most of the region was watching John Lackey limit St. Louis to a single run in six-plus innings and Shane Victorino again prove to be clutch with the bases loaded in postseason play, the Bruins were looking to get out of an early hole.

The Black and Gold fell behind 6:54 in on a power-play goal by Chris Kunitz, but they erased it early in the third, as Patrice Bergeron tipped a shot from the point by Dennis Seidenberg past Marc-Andre Fleury. 

Around the time the Cards were getting on the board with one run in the seventh inning, Pittsburgh was reclaiming the lead on a pure snipe by Brandon Sutter, who received a nice pass in the neutral zone from Pascal Dupuis, beat Torey Krug and went high blocker on Tuukka Rask. 

The Pens made it a two-goal game with 2:02 left, as Jussi Jokinen picked Jordan Caron's pocket and buried his sixth tally of the season. Former Penguin Jarome Iginla beat Fleury with a bomb from the point just 19 ticks later.

Boston had a flurry of chances with Rask pulled for the extra attacker. Well, that's what Twitter told me. Like the rest of the region, I'd seen everything I needed to from the Bruins and adjusted my old rabbit ears back to their receive-Fox-25 position in time to soak in the final two innings.

(OK. Confession: I own an HD cable box.)

For those of you not skilled enough with the remote to have caught as many scoring plays as this scribe, fear not, for no one will be talking about last night's Bruins gme at school, work or anywhere in New England.

The B's are in for a quick turnaround. They'll be back in action Thursday night in a game against the Anaheim Ducks at TD Garden.

In the meantime, check out Dan Guttenplan's story on Boston's return to glory for New England Baseball Journal: Sox win it all in ultimate redemption story.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com