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The Bruins celebrated with Jeremy Swayman before Tuukka Rask - is there controversy?

Can’t help but wonder.

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After the Bruins won Game 2 in overtime, almost everyone was really happy.

Hockey fans around the world rejoiced and celebrated as one after the winning goal was scored by Brad Marchand, a figure universally beloved, a guy who everyone wants to see succeed.

Even Capitals fans were happy because even though they lost, they got to hear that guy blow that really fun horn a lot during the never gets old!

However, you’ll notice it says “almost” up there, and that’s because there’s someone who wasn’t really happy: Tuukka Rask!

Yes, the guy who everyone is afraid to criticize almost got to skate away scot-free once again, but we were able to obtain EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE that crystallizes the Bruins’ goalie controversy in a way that you simply can’t ignore.

After Marchand’s goal gave the Bruins a 4-3 win, he immediately skated toward the Bruins’ bench to celebrate.

The vast majority of the Bruins were on that bench ready to celebrate with Marchand, including the coaching staff, the majority of the defensemen, the majority of the forwards, and goalie Jeremy Swayman.

You know who wasn’t there? That’s right, Tuukka Rask.

Marchand just scored a goal to win a playoff game, which is a pretty big deal - and yet, he went to celebrate with Jeremy Swayman, not Tuukka Rask.

I don’t want to start any kind of controversy, but it’s fair to say where there’s smoke, there’s a kid on the platform at North Station with a vape pen talking about how the Bruins have never recovered from letting Shawn Thornton leave.

Think about it: when big things happen, who do you want to celebrate with?

When you were born, did you celebrate with your parents or with your babysitter? Exactly.

I’m sorry if you’re feeling uncomfortable, but someone has to ask the hard questions.

As if Marchand choosing to celebrate without Rask wasn’t bad enough, you’ll also notice that Rask was the last Bruins player to join in the celebration.

Here’s one of the first moments after the goal:

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You’ll notice that there are so many Bruins there that it’s a veritable pile of Bruins. It’s like a pig pile, but with bears, except they’re not really bears, they’re people.

Also, at the top of that pile, wearing a gray hat so he fits in as just one of the guys being dudes, is Jeremy Swayman.

Not pictured? That’s right. I don’t even have to say it.

Several seconds later, Tuukka Rask arrives, almost like he had somewhere more important to be.

The photo doesn’t lie. This one was taken after the first one.

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Once again, you’ll notice the majority of the players are facing in the direction of Jeremy Swayman, with their backs to Tuukka Rask.

Folk’s, it’s not hard to read between the lines: one goalie was there for the celebration of the team’s win, and the other sauntered in like he stopped to get a coffee on the way.

Bruins fans, who have been notoriously lenient on Rask for so long, have to face some hard truths tonight.

If Rask isn’t with his teammates to celebrate a winning goal, is there something else going on behind the scenes?

It certainly makes you think.

In fact, the game-winning goal was scored just a couple dozen feet in front of Jeremy Swayman, who was undoubtedly watching and thinking “shoot it toward the net and try to get it in so it’s a goal!”

Rask? Not even in the same ZIP code.

Hockey is a team sport, and tonight, only one goalie was there with his teammates in the middle of a celebratory pile.

It’s high time that the Bruins go with the team player, not the guy standing in a blue-painted island by himself.