Boston Bruins: Last Skate Of The Day, April 21-22, 2014


Apr 22, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Linesman Mark Shewchyk (92) gets between Detroit Red Wings left wing

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(21) and Boston Bruins left wing

Brad Marchand

(63) in the third period in game three of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. The Bruins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins went out to Joe Louis Arena to attempt to win their first game there in over seven years. To do that, the Bruins will have needed to play to their system. Thankfully, the Bruins did just that in a 3-0 win in Detroit. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron earned their first NHL career playoff goals in a solid effort that gave the Bruins a 2-1 series lead. (Boston Bruins)

Mike Babcock certainly was frustrated as the Detroit Red Wings once again failed to play to their advantages in Boston’s game three win. “We were off kilter right from the get-go,” said the Red Wings coach post game. “I should’ve done a better job because we were off kilter. I don’t know if we were rattled or excited or whatever. I had no idea that we would start like we did.”  The Red Wings will pull themselves back together in preparation for game four on Thursday. (Detroit Red Wings)

Here’s a quick synopsis of the game’s breakdown from the staff of Comcast New England: (CSNNE)

Brad Marchand went down in the game after taking a knee on knee hit from Reilly Smith‘s brother, Brendan Smith later in the game. He got hit on the left knee, but finished the sprawl grabbing his right. Supporters and critics have already lined up to take sides over a player who has been known to oversell a play. (The Sporting News)

After being ripped a proverbial new one by some folks who weren’t that keen on my article calling out Matt Cooke for his Olympic level foolishness, I though a second opinion from a recognized source might help out a little. This article goes one step further though. Is it time to put a ref in the press box for games? (The Hockey News)

Don’t worry about Marchand, he’s just fine. He also had a little comment to make those nay-sayers who doubted his injury. Courtesy of Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: