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Morning Skate: Man advantage

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Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

It is Wednesday, my dudes.

For the Bruins, it’s a morning where you wake up and say “hey, two points is two points.”

Bruce Cassidy noted after last night’s game that he didn’t like the Bruins’ third period, and it’s not hard to see why: the Bruins gave up 17 shots (score effects do come into play, but still) and took four minor penalties.

Some nights, sloppiness bites you; other nights, your goalie and penalty kill (combined with the ineptitude of the opposition) bail you out.

This isn’t to say that the Bruins didn’t deserve to win, just that Cassidy is right: there’s still plenty to clean up.

In “good signs” for the Bruins, Tuukka Rask looked the sharpest he’s looked in quite some time between the pipes.

With the B’s off today and facing Buffalo again tomorrow, it might not be the worst idea to let Rask start again tomorrow, then give Friday’s game to Jeremy Swayman (or Jaroslav Halak, if he’s ready).

We’ll see! Good problems to have.

Today’s highlight

Might as well watch it again!

Today’s discussion topic

Regarding Buffalo’s 6-on-3 power play: if you were to grab your buddies and go up against a three-man Bruins penalty kill, how many of you would you need to score a goal?