Bean: There’s been plenty more disappointing than the refs
The officiating was so bad in Game 5 that the Blues were gifted one goal and nearly gifted another were it not for David Krejci. That said, the Bruins have more than officiating to blame for being on the brink of elimination. Here are some things more disappointing than zebras.
They’re letting Binnington off the hook...
Nothing’s been worse than Boston’s 5-on-5 play from their stars, and that’s especially true when you consider St. Louis isn’t getting great goaltending. Jordan Binnington has been praised for turning in his “best” game of the Cup Final in Game 5. He stunk in the first period, giving up a rebound on virtually every shot he faced. The Bruins didn’t get to any of them, then gave him the second period to recover. A few good saves in the third later and the Bruins end up with a one-goal showing. The Bruins need to pepper him like they did in the first period rather than overthinking things.
... And letting Rask down
Michael Hurley brought up this point on “Felger and Mazz” this week and was bang-on. Tuukka Rask has been without a doubt the best player this postseason. He has a .938 save percentage and hasn’t had a single sub-.900 night. To waste such a dominant run would be a shame, and if I hear one word about how *Rask* couldn’t “close it out,” my head is going to explode.
That Jose Canseco/Mark McGwire thing The Lonely Island did on Netflix
It wasn’t *bad*, but The Lonely Island has just set too high a bar over the years. I could still listen to their first three albums over and over, but one viewing of “The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience” was enough from me. It goes without saying that the Haim cameo was the best part.
‘Physicality’ shouldn’t win or lose a series
We spent years saying just being big and tough wasn’t enough to win a series. Now, if the Bruins lose it seems everyone is prepared to accept that it will be because the Blues outmuscled them. Hogwash. The Bruins are skilled enough to outmaneuver a more physical team. They just aren’t. That’s on them, not a credit to St. Louis.
The Keto Diet
Recently did it for a few weeks. Lost a little weight but the young man was LETHARGIC. Plus, it’s just so restrictive. I basically ate wings for dinner five nights a week. It worked for Halle Berry, but that’s Halle Berry. She’s probably got a personal chef; I’ve got a desire to never step foot in Buffalo Wild Wings for the next year or so.
Bruce Cassidy has tinkered with the lines to no avail. Here’s one that’s been tried that I’d give a prolonged look in Game 6: put Charlie Coyle with Bergeron and Marchand, making Marcus Johansson David Krejci’s right wing in the process. That leads to a cluttered bottom six, but it beats not having a top six.
This would be a waste and a half
The Bruins are so lucky the Celtics redefined throwing an opportunity down the drain this season because this would be such a waste. The best teams got knocked out early, making this the ultimate “anyone can win” tournament. The Bruins were by far the best remaining team and still have a far superior roster to St. Louis. Sometimes, the losing team can be celebrated for making the run in the first place. This would not be such a case. The Bruins are supposed to win the Stanley Cup. Not doing so is a failure.