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Game 13 Live Blog: Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers

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Here’s Five Thoughts on the second period with the Boston Bruins leading the New York Rangers 1-0:

1. Trouba Needs To Be Suspended!

As they always seem to do, the NHL Department of Player Safety will likely blame the victim but if they really want to send a message and do a better job of getting rid of headshots, then suspend Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba!

Trouba laid a textbook headshot on Boston Bruins defenseman Jacob Zboril 6:33 into the second period. The archaic cavemen in the Player Safety department and the league will argue that Zboril ducked and leaned his head into the hit but anyone with common sense and not stuck in the stone ages will see, he was following the puck and had no idea his head would be blasted. Time for the league to send a message or stop trying to say they care about player safety and headshots!

2. Rock Paper Fight!

After warmups, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand and Rangers sniper Mika Zibanejad refused to leave the ice as neither, due to superstition, wanted to be the penultimate guy off the ice. Well, that mental competition has turned physical as we’ve got some old-time hockey going on at MSG! There were a combined 44 penalty minutes in the middle frame, two fights, and a 10-minute major.

Round 1 saw Bruins rookie forward got toe-to-toe with Brendan Lemieux 9:28 into the period.

 

Then we saw Boston Bruins defenseman Jeremy Lauzon and Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich do the tango at 15:14.

3. McAvoy Becoming A Leader

On Thursday, my BHN partner in crime, Joe Haggerty wrote about Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy becoming the Bruins’ top defenseman and an elite NHL rearguard this season. Well, tonight he showed once again that he knows this is his blue line and is willing to be a leader. When Trouba laid that headshot on Zboril, McAvoy raced to his defense and dropped the gloves.

 

4. Ritchie Keeps Serving Crow

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Nick Ritchie has the lone goal of this game as he gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 lead 9:27 into the period with his fifth goal of the season. Ritchie now has ten points on the season and continues to make the doubters after last season and the playoffs – like yours truly – eat crow!

5. Krejci Quietly Having Another Solid Season

With his assist on the Ritchie goal, Krejci now has ten helpers this season. His vision, puck sense, and all-around intelligence on the ice are so underrated! Time to give him the props he deserves and sign him to an extension?

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Chuck

So based on your logic ritchie desrves one for the head shot on shesterkin.

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