First off, went to game 3 and going to game 4, and my god was the Garden rocking. I’ve been to the NBA Finals back in 08, but I have to say, this was up there as one of the best atmosphere’s I’ve been a part of. There is nothing better than playoff hockey. Hockey is such a fast pace game back and forth, unlike any other spot. Possession can change in seconds and it’s the best sport to watch.
Vlad Sobotka- I was never a fan of this kid, and never understood why people in Providence loved him, but I can see it now. He is so strong on his skates, an while I pictured him as a grinder, he is a good playmaker, as seen by his pass with Wideman. He has been probably the best center this playoff’s for the B’s.
Michael Ryder- Where has this guy been? Absolute beast the past few games, and while he didn’t score game 3, he was strong on the puck and his line with Wheeler and Sobotka has been great. He is shooting more and creating more scoring chances. He’s looked like a 4 million dollar player. He steps up his game in the playoffs. I still want to get rid of him this offseason, but I’m starting to change my mind.
Tuukka Rask- Kid’s a boss. I thought he could go Carey Price on us in the playoffs, but he’s been strong. He’s given up a few softies, but also made some spectacular saves. For his first playoffs, I like what I see. He is composed and shrugs stuff off. Whenever you think he is rattled, he’ll come up with a huge save. Kid is the future, no lie. If he flopped this playoffs, you’d have to wonder if you want to deal Thomas, but so far so good.
Mark Recchi- Bring him back. Guy has been great in the playoffs. His play for Bergeron’s 2nd goal was classic Recchi. Guy is winning the battles and going to the dirty areas. Love Rex.
Johnny Boychuk- Kid is great. Booming shot and a physical game. Hope he returns next season. He has been playing very well as of late.