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Talking Points: Elvis the goalie KOs Bruins after B's goalie Tuuka Rask is KO'd

Talking Points: Elvis the goalie KOs Bruins after B's goalie Tuuka Rask is KO'd

GOLD STAR: Elvis Merzlikins has a shutout streak of 137:51 going for the Columbus Blue Jackets and made some very good saves behind a good defensive effort from the Blue Jackets while stopping 34 shots in shutting out the Bruins for the first time this season Tuesday night, 3-0. 

The Jackets may have found their long-term goaltender amidst the injuries and the roster turnover this season and he played very well over the final 40 minutes as the B’s got their bearings a little bit and fired 27 shots on net. The Bruins went all the way until this portion of the season before getting shut out, so it took a different goalie named Elvis in the building to finally keep the Black and Gold off the scoreboard. 

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Unfortunately, the Bruins didn’t do a lot to make the Columbus goalie feel uncomfortable between the pipes after the Blue Jackets knocked Boston’s goalie out of the game.

BLACK EYE: Tuukka Rask literally gets the black eye as he was knocked out of the game only 1:12 in by a shot to the side of the head that concussed him. It was a dirty play by Columbus' Emil Bemstrom as he cruised by the front of the net. It went without even a penalty call from the refereeing crew, who apparently thought that Rask was caught with an inadvertent high stick. 

So, Rask was done before he even managed to make a single save and instead Jaroslav Halak replaced him and allowed three goals. Now, for the second year in a row, Rask has a concussion right around NHL All-Star time and is probably going to be out of the lineup for a bit.

TURNING POINT: Rask was knocked out with a cheap shot to the side of the head and the Bruins did nothing in response. 

They also did nothing on the scoreboard as they managed just seven shots on net in the first period and had no response either as a team on the ice or by taking control and gaining revenge by winning the game. 

Instead, the Bruins shuffled through a meek first period and played a little better but never truly responded in the 40 minutes after while chasing the game against a strong defensive Columbus team protecting its lead. Certainly, it got better in the final 40 minutes, but the Bruins lost this game with everything that transpired in the first 20 minutes.

HONORABLE MENTION: Seth Jones didn’t factor into the scoring, but he was tremendous. He played 27 minutes as the No. 1 defenseman for Columbus. Jones finished with a plus-1 rating along with five shot attempts and four blocked shots while assisting Elvis the goalie in the shutout effort. He was part of the wall of defense for the Blue Jackets blocking shots and stifling the B’s offense.

There were plenty of offensive contributions from assorted Columbus players as well up and down the roster, but Jones was one of the focal points for the Jackets in dealing the B’s their first shutout loss of the season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 – the first shutout loss for the Bruins this season as they almost made it to the All-Star break without one.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Should have our guys had a better response? I think there could have been...It was pointed out after the first period, that our goaltender got bumped. But listen, it's a little late then, you can't take the law into your own hands." –Bruce Cassidy, to reporters in Columbus, when asked if there was enough of a response from his team after Rask was knocked out of the game.


 

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins fans will love his first post

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins fans will love his first post

Former Bruins forward Milan Lucic officially joined Instagram on Thursday, and Boston fans will absolutely love his first post. 

Although Lucic now plays for the Calgary Flames, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to reminisce on the B's 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

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Lucic posing with the Stanley Cup is a huge flex, but the big guy definitely did his part during the 2011 playoff run. The Vancouver native tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 25 playoff games playing alongside David Krejci and Nathan Horton, including two goals and an assist in the series against the Canucks.

During his day with the Stanley Cup, Lucic returned to Vancouver for a celebration with family and friends, so we can imagine his first Instagram post is from that day. 

Hopefully he plans on sharing some more photos from 2011 because that championship run was electric. 

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

It appears the Boston Bruins could've received a lot more for Joe Thornton when they dealt him to the San Jose Sharks in 2005, at least according to Brian Burke. 

During a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday Burke, general manager of the Anaheim Ducks at the time Thornton was traded, revealed he was rather frustrated he couldn't pry the future Hall of Famer from Mike O'Connell's clutches. 

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As for what he would've given up for Thornton -- this one may frustrate B's fans. 

O'Connell ended up dealing Thornton to the Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. The move cleared cap space for the Bruins to later sign Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, among others, but could what they have received from Anaheim been better?

If the Bruins ended up receiving Anaheim's 2006 first-round draft pick (19th overall), they could've drafted anyone from Claude Giroux who went 22nd overall to the Philadelphia Flyers to Nick Foligno who was drafted 28th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Now, if the first-round pick Burke was willing to give up was indeed a 2006 pick, then the Bruins who drafted Phil Kessel fifth overall that year could've potentially added two stars for the price of one. 

Thinking about that situation alone should make Bruins' fans cringe, but there's more.

Burke noted he would've given up the player who O'Connell ranked as sixth-best on the Ducks roster as well as a prospect. Looking back at that now, the sixth player could've been anyone from Francois Beauchemin to Joffrey Lupul and a prospect could've been the likes of Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry, according to WEEI's Matt Kalman. 

The sixth-best player makes you shake your head because Beauchemin and/or Lupul weren't the greatest, but the first-round pick and possibility of adding Getzlaf or Perry would've been huge for the Bruins. 

If this deal was done in 2020, you'd have to wonder if Don Sweeney would've accepted Burke's offer.