The NHL Network is terrific. Its programming is the best of any of the four major sports leagues’ channels, its talent is outstanding and it shows a lot of cool games across various leagues.
Players mess up though.
In the network’s recently released ranking of the 40 best goaltenders of all time, the Bruins were well-represented, but so too was insanity. We’re talking Jonathan Quick in the top 20 (No. 16!), Marc-Andre Fleury top 25 (No. 21!) and Corey Crawford top 30 (No. 26!). Those are just a few of the head-scratchers.
Tim Thomas was one of seven Bruins on the list, coming in at No. 27. Other Bruins ranked were Bernie Parent (No. 12), Frank Brimsek (No. 23), Rogie Vachon (No. 25), Tiny Thompson (No. 28), Gerry Cheevers (No. 29), Andy Moog (No. 36). Here's the full list, per Mark Lazerus.
Statistically, Tuukka Rask deserves a place on this list if Fleury and Crawford are going to be that high, but we’ll save the Rask arguments for literally every other second of my life.
[OK, real quick: Rask has the highest career save percentage of all time. Quick sits No. 17 and Fleury is 32nd. This doesn’t need to be completely statistics based, but it also shouldn’t be completely how-many-Cup-teams-they-were-on-based. Honestly, I can’t tell what this list is based on at all. Like Cristobal Huet had a better career save percentage than Fleury has.]
Anyway, everyone else hated the list, too.
The longer that the Bruins can hang around in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the greater the chances they can enter some healthy bodies back into the equation.
Just a couple of weeks after Torey Krug went down with a lower body injury that had him in a knee brace and crutches leaving the TD Garden, the Bruins top puck-moving defenseman began his road back to recovery with some skating on the ice. It wasn’t part of a full practice as the Bruins had the day off the ice following their epic Friday night double-overtime Game 5 win over the Ottawa Senators, but it was still encouraging to see Krug make forward progress.
“He started that process of his rehab, so he’s on the ice,” said Bruce Cassidy of Krug, who has missed all five of the games in the first round playoff series thus far. “I don’t believe Carlo was on the ice today.”
It was clear Krug was making progress when he traveled with the rest of the Bruins to Ottawa for Friday night’s Game 5, and now one has to wonder if he can somehow be a factor at the end of this first round series against the Senators. Obviously a return for Game 6 on Sunday afternoon would be out of the question given that he hasn’t even practiced with the team, but one has to wonder if a possible Game 7 could happen given that the game wouldn’t be played until Wednesday night in Ottawa.
While the Bruins have survived without Krug in the lineup, he could have a major impact on Boston’s ability to swiftly move through the 1-3-1 trap and execute some of the stretch passes and transition plays that Ottawa has been successfully throwing at the Bruins throughout the series. Krug could also make an impact on the Bruins power play that’s been down (2-for-14 for a 14.3 percent success rate) in the postseason from their potency during the regular season.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while feeling like I’m in a playoff series now after that double-overtime classic in Ottawa. Things are starting to simmer to a boil between these two teams.
*Only during this spring’s playoffs could you have an Edmonton TV reporter have his live shot interrupted by Edmontonians going nuts with a game-winning goal.
*Tom Wilson is an unlikely playoff hero for the Washington Capitals and he’s a pretty unlikely hockey hero in general given the way he plays most nights.
*Hockey Dart Guy has apparently become a thing in Canada where this massive Maple Leafs fan speaks for an entire nation.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Nazem Kadri defending his low hit on Alex Ovechkin in a heated Leafs/Capitals playoff series.
*Some fun candid stuff during the playoffs with players mic'd up in games, including Charlie McAvoy’s communication skills, courtesy of Rogers SportsNet.
*Bob McKenzie says that Erik Karlsson is the best defenseman in the NHL and that it’s not even close. I’d have to agree, though I did see some signs of wear and tear on the Swedish D-man for the first time in the series in Game 5.
*For something different: This WWE wrestler getting all jacked up opening his Funko Star Wars figures is pretty hilarious.