I hope Red Sox broadcaster Joe Castiglione doesn’t mind me borrowing his famous phrase to describe the smackdown the Boston Bruins put on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!
That’s what I keep thinking after watching what the Bruins sweep of the Pens. A couple of days have passed since game four but I’m still not sure I can believe it.
Consider just some of the numbers…
— Tuukka Rask had a save percentage of .985. Nobody has a playoff save percentage of .985.
— Sidney Crosby did not record a single point.
— Evgeni Malkin did not record a single point.
— The Penguins led the NHL in goals this season. They scored two in four games against the Bruins.
— Defenseman Adam McQuaid scored the only goal in game four. He has scored nine goals total in his NHL career.
— McQuaid’s goal from the point was the 14th of the playoffs. The B’s scored 14 goals from the blue line all season.
— The Penguins had not been swept in any playoff series going back 45 series.
— Pittsburgh scored on almost 25 percent of their power plays during the season. The Bruins held them 0 for 15 in this series. The Penguins never went four games in the regular season without scoring a powerplay goal.
— Tuukka stopped 134 or 136 shots in this series.
— 3-0, 6-1, 2-1, 1-0. The last time the Bruins held a team to two goals in a four-game series was 1930 when they beat the Montreal Maroons.
— The last time Sidney Crosby went four games without a point was November of 2009.
— The Penguins never led in the series.
— CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!
FROM THE DUFFEL BAG:
— Jerome Iginla is a free agent this summer. Wonder if he takes a second look at him? Wonder if the Bruins want him?
— 2013 Playoffs: Tuukka Rask through 16 games: 12-4, 1.75 GAA , .943.
— 2011 Playoffs: Tim Thomas through 16 games. 11-5, 2.27 GAA, .931.
— The B’s and Chicago Blackhawks haven’t played each other since Oct. 15, 2011.
— In the 88-year history of the Boston Bruins only Art Ross, Milt Schmidt, Don Cherry and Claude Julien have coached the team to two Stanley Cup Finals. Coach Claude is the only one with a chance to win two Cups.
— $525.50 per seat for lower level Loge, $345.50 for upper level Balcony seats at the Garden for the finals. Good luck getting one.
— I say it every year about this time – high school athletic administrators really have their work cut out for them this time of year…trying to deal with schedules changing because of weather, school functions, being sensitive to the opponent and their schedule issues. All of this goes unnoticed by fans.
— Interesting that Red Sox No. 1 draft pick Trey Ball started throwing a curveball just last year. His dad would not allow it until his junior year of high school.
— What’s up with Sox pitching prospect Allen Webster…kicked out of a Triple-A game for the second time this season after hitting three batters.