This piece was written by a new collaborator, Steven Psihogios.
I think we can all agree that Game 1 was not the most beautiful effort of the Boston Bruins.
However, a strong showing of the power game made up for the first 40 minutes of the game, less than stellar. Knowing what we do with the Bruins, winning the special teams battle should not come as a surprise (even if things were not working out in the PP in the second round).
But that does not mean that Game 1 of Round 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes did not have its fair share of amazing moments. Here are 3:
one. Steven Kampfer the marker begins
Marcus Johansson was a monster in this sequence.
And Steven Kampfer turns on the lamp in his second postseason game of his career. pic.twitter.com/cvzr9Qit9R
– Conor Ryan (@ ConorRyan_93) May 10, 2019
I can not imagine anyone having high expectations for Steven Kampfer when he completed for Charlie McAvoy.
Then, when the former Michigan Wolverine put home the first goal of the game at three minutes, he outperformed the positive prognosis rather quickly.
I mean really, a 30-year-old official scoring alone in his second NHL playoff game. That caught almost everyone off guard.
You do not believe me. Just look at this guy's reaction.
two. David Backes exceeds not one, but two glazes.
The head coach of the Bruins, Bruce Cbadidy, has played with their lineups a good amount of these playoffs. When he wanted a speed injection, he chose to play Karson Kuhlman. When the head of the bank wants a little more physique, David Backes is asked.
So when Backes won the race for the puck and avoided an icing, my jaw almost hit the ground.
Watch the veteran power forward bringing the wheels!
And if that was not enough, the man did it again! Twice in the same game.
If you missed it, I would not blame you for having doubts. I saw it with my own eyes and I still do not know if I believe it.
3. Brad Marchand play peace
Yes, this was a weird night.
With the Bruins lost by a goal early in the third period, Jordan Staal delivered a dangerous blow near the boards to Chris Wagner, and Connor Clifton saw red.
The young blueliner came quickly to Wagner's defense after the checkup. But before he got carried away, and possibly ruined the possibility of Boston going to the power game, the most unfortunate of people intervened.
Brad Marchand wrapped his arms around Clifton and prevented the defender from retaliating and taking his own potential penalty.
And by now, you probably already know how it worked.
So while Boston won the game in a familiar way, there were several moments in the contest that left people stunned.