The laurels keep coming for the Boston Bruins. Patrice Bergeron was nominated for(and likely to win) the Frank J. Selke award earlier this week. Now, it’s Tuukka Rask‘s turn to be nominated for one of the NHL awards. Tuukka Rask is one of the finalists for the Vezina Trophy. His competition this year is Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche. With Bishop not playing in the playoffs due to injury, it will likely come down to a two-way contest for the Award. Tuukka’s chances will certainly improve the deeper the Bruins go into the postseason. (Boston Bruins)
The Detroit Red Wings were shackled with another blow today. The flu that is gripping their number one goaltender Jimmy Howard is serious enough to keep him off the ice for game five. The Red Wings will be counting on Jonas Gustavsson to keep their playoff hopes alive tomorrow as the Red Wings return to Boston for game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Detroit Red Wings)
“It’s all or nothing now. There’s no room for error, there’s no margin for error and we have to be ready and go at them with everything we have. It’s the last chance now.” Detroit forward David Legwand
It’s pretty clear that the team at Puck Daddy aren’t fans of the Boston Bruins. That being said, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them roast a member of the Bruins in the way they chose to attack Marc-Andre Fleury. It’s one thing to say a player stinks. It’s a completely different thing to break down a player’s performance down to the minutiae and declare him unfit to be in the playoffs. (That being said, it’s an honest and well thought out argument.) (Puck Daddy)
The Associated Press takes the position that the current troubles of the Penguins falls at the feet of stars like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. This article places the lions’ share of blame on their feet (AP).
Bob Beers from 98.5 and Michael Felger from Comcast take a look at game four. While they give credit to the Krejci line for a lot of success, they also sing the praises of Carl Soderberg. Soderberg was outstanding on both sides of the net in the B’s overtime win last night. (CSNNE)