In the city that once called the police over a vicious but clean check made by Zdeno Chara, the Bruins captain’s 1,500th regular season NHL game was ruined by a robbery Tuesday.
The theft was not executed by the host Montreal Canadiens in their 5-4 victory, but by the men with the whistles and their counterparts in the “war room” in Toronto.
Now would the Bruins have held onto the lead if Coyle’s goal was allowed to stand? It’s unlikely. As goalie Tuukka Rask’s play on Ben Chiarot’s game-winning goal at 9:06, in addition to a couple of Montreal’s goals in the first period showed, the Bruins were unlikely to escape having allowed just four goals on the night. It probably would’ve taken one or more scores to get out of the Bell Centre with two points.
Rask entered Tuesday’s contest with a .949 save percentage and 1.49 goals-against average. He was due to throw in a clunker, and with the Bruins playing as loose in front of him as they played in front of Jaroslav Halak in the 6-4 win against Pittsburgh on Monday, a steeplechase ensued.
"Just not tracking it well. Tough night for me. I thought we battled well. Could have easily won the game. But I couldn’t really make a save,” Rask told the media in Montreal after the Bruins had their six-game winning streak stopped and lost in regulation for just the second time this season.
Nonetheless, the Bruins proved Monday they could win against a formidable opponent without playing their best, and they easily could’ve pulled out the victory in Montreal. While Rask was off his game, the new third line of Anders Bjork and Senyshyn flanking Coyle was on theirs. Bjork scored, Coyle was in front of the Montreal net all night and Senyshyn helped set up two of Boston’s goals (although he left with as many assists as the Bruins got points).
Remember when your mother complained you watched too much TV and it was bad for your health. Well now you can get paid to watch a screen and do harm to the outcomes of athletic endeavors that should be determined by the guys with the sticks and, not the ones with the iPads.