Bruins, Red Sox, Panthers and Rays joining together for Irma Relief


Bruins, Red Sox, Panthers and Rays joining together for Irma Relief

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It’s always special to see organizations from different sports leagues, and sometimes even competing teams, come together during times of need when dire real world situations intervene on the sporting world. 

That’s the case this weekend in Boston and Florida where multiple sports franchises are getting together to raise money for the recovery effort at the same time that Hurricane Irma mercilessly pounds the Sunshine State on Sunday. The Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Rays are all joining together this weekend to raise money for the relief efforts that will be considerable once the massive tropical storm has come and gone. 

Bruins players Noel Acciari, Kenny Agostino, Patrice Bergeron, Brandon Carlo, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Paul Postma, Ryan Spooner and others are planning to join members of the Red Sox, Panthers and Rays at the gates of Fenway Park to collect donations before and during the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox game slated for this afternoon. Krug tweeted about it on Sunday morning before heading over to Fenway in a Boston/Florida team-up that undoubtedly involved Shawn Thornton with strong connections to three of the four organizations involved. 

All donations from Fenway Park will go to support the Red Cross in assisting the region of South Florida currently hunkering down and bracing for Irma, and with the members of the Panthers organization also training in Boston for the weekend. The Boston Bruins Foundation has committed to match the total funds raised at the gates. 

For those that won’t be at the Sox/Rays game and are still looking to donate, the website for the Red Cross is only a click away and is always on the ground ready to help out during these times of turmoil. 

Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"


Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

BOSTON – At the end of the day, it was simply a game where the Bruins allowed themselves to get outworked in the third period and overtime. 

The B’s held a three-goal lead in the second period and still enjoyed a two-goal lead in the third period, but eventually dropped a frustrating, futile 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday night. It was clear to most speaking after the game that the Bruins eased up on the gas pedal once they’d scored their fourth goal of the game in the second period, and simply watched as the Sabres stomped all over them in the game’s second half. 

“I think we might have been a little bit too scared to play [in the third period], you know? We tried to just flip the pucks away, and didn’t make any plays trying to get it in the zone. Instead we should have just kept going like we did in the first two periods,” said David Pastrnak, who scored a pair of goals early in the loss to allow the Bruins to build up the three-goal lead. “Obviously we’re disappointed. We got one point. I think we didn’t play our game in the third period. We kind of stopped playing and they were all over us, and you know, it’s on us. We were the ones that gave them their point, but the first two periods were good. It’s just another learning session.”

To Pastrnak’s point, the Bruins were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the final 20 minutes of regulation and 21-6 overall in the third period and overtime prior to Ryan O’Reilly’s game-winner during 3-on-3 play. It was at this point the Bruins certainly missed stalwart stay-at-home defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller in the D-zone, and fell short of qualified penalty killers while trying to burn off a Brandon Carlo interference call at the end of the third period. 

All of that caught up to them once the Bruins loosened their grip on the Sabres, but certainly the feeling is that the loss should’ve been avoidable even if some of the circumstances made it difficult for the Black and Gold. It also should have been avoidable against a Sabres hockey club that was dreadful last season, and is again one of the doormats in the Atlantic Division in the early going thus far. 

“Those are the games you can’t lose. We obviously didn’t do the job there in the third and close it out, but we’re going to have to regroup and work on our game and be better for the next one,” said Brad Marchand. “We didn’t play the game we needed to play. We relaxed a bit and we started losing a few battles in the wrong areas, and you know, they just played better than we did.”

It’s mystifying that any team would need a crash-and-born loss like Saturday night in order to learn any lessons moving forward, and it certainly might have been a different story for the Bruins if they weren’t missing a few big defensive pieces. But that’s not how it went down for the Black and Gold as they sagged under rising pressure from the Sabres, and simply stopped working when the chips were on the table late in Saturday night’s game.