Boston Bruins: Gilligan’s misconducts for everyone

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 9: Jake DeBrusk /

Hey you! Yes you, the Boston Bruins fan reading this. Don’t move. Referees are watching your every move now, and if you’re not careful, you just might get five minutes in the box.

On Saturday night, the New York Islanders fell prey to a red-hot Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and strong play in and out of the box from forward Jake DeBrusk, in what may become one of the most interesting statement wins for this year’s Boston Bruins.

Recapping the game just does not do justice as to how strange this hockey game was, and that seems only fitting with the Giancarlo Stanton news that broke early in the morning. Side Note: Seriously? He’s a Yankee now?

First Period

The first period of play consisted of back and forth action, with dumps and changes, four shots on goal for the Islanders, and only one penalty infraction, where captain  Zdeno Chara served two in the box for a slash. However, this was definitely the low point of the game. Coach Bruce Cassidy certainly told his team to come out firing in the next period, and it showed.

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Second Period

After dropping the gloves with forward Casey Cizikas following a rough hit to defenseman Charlie McAvoy, DeBrusk was assessed an instigator, misconduct and fighting major, which resulted in him having to serve 17 minutes away from the ice.

This didn’t slow the Bruins down, however, with Brad Marchand receiving a Torey Krug dish into the zone where the Canadian forward buried it just above the glove of Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Third Period

Outside of baseball season, my go to sport on the airwaves is hockey, hands down. This means I’ve watched my fair share of puck this year so far. I can honestly say that the third period at TD Garden Saturday night was one of the most interesting periods of hockey I’ve seen in a long while. After emerging from the box from serving his 17 minutes, DeBrusk scored one of the prettiest goals seen from the B’s this year, with the celly to boot:

After a goal by the Islanders, F Danton Heinen tucked one into an empty net to finalize the 3-1 end result of the game, but not before F David Backes was issued 15 minutes for headbutting (how often do you see that?) and a misconduct.

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All in all, a hard fought team win for this young core, and one that will be invaluable as we approach 2018 and the stretch run of this season.