BOSTON – It’s fair to question how much everybody’s favorite, well-tailored bombastic hockey analyst, Don Cherry, has actually watched the Boston Bruins lately after he lambasted Tuukka Rask in a series of tweets on Monday afternoon.
Cherry didn’t mention the offensive drought that the Bruins went through during their damaging five-game losing streak in March, and he didn’t mention the shoddy B’s defensemen corps that’s been a weakness all season. They were the main culprit again on Sunday in the 6-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks with defensive warriors Kevan Miller and Dennis Seidenberg both out of the lineup, and the defensive gaffes led way to Grade-A chances for Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin.
Still, Cherry pointed to the Bruins having more goals scored this season than the Lightning, Panthers and Rangers as noteworthy, and said the blame should rest with the Bruins $7 million man between the pipes in Rask.
Cherry sent out a series of three tweets from his account that followed:
1) Boston Bruins fans are wondering why the Bruins are struggling to make the playoffs. B's are scoring tons of goals. 233 goals which is— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerDC) April 4, 2016
2) more goals than Florida, Tampa, Detroit and Rangers. Put it on their goalie Tuukka Rask. He can't stop a beach ball. Got pulled yesterday— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerDC) April 4, 2016
3) afternoon. Bruins outshot Chicago in Chicago 46-34.— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerDC) April 4, 2016
Rask’s numbers are clearly down from his career norms, and he’s had declining save percentage in each of the last three months: .920 in February, .918 in March and now .827 in a couple of rough defensive games against the Blues and Blackhawks in April. But it’s difficult to blame Rask for a careless Joe Morrow pass that turns into a breakaway for the NHL’s most dangerous player in Patrick Kane, or the seemingly endless barrage of odd-man rushes and quality chances given up by the leaky B’s defense down the stretch.
One thing is certain: Cherry’s tweets will add fuel to the fire from a faction of Bruins followers that blame the Finnish netminder every time the B’s give up a big number on the scoreboard, regardless of the circumstances.