Hat trick for David Krecji.
Hat's off to Tuukka Rask.
But the juiciest moment of Wednesday's 4-3 Bruins overtime victory at Toronto may have occurred in the significant others' section of the Air Canada Centre.
Actress Elisha Cuthbert, who is the fiancee of Maple Leafs’ defenseman Dion "Big Mistake" Phaneuf, wasn't too happy about her beau's team losing to the Bruins.
And she apparently didn’t enjoy getting a glaring "I can't believe your guy did that" look from April Reimer, the wife of goalie James Reimer, either.
This was either the NHL's version of Gisele's post Super Bowl XLVI outburst or a misunderstanding brought to us by the internet.
My heart screams for Gisele II.
But the head says otherwise.
Here's Mrs. Reimer's version of events:
Just ask the future Mrs. Phaneuf:
Things are not always what they seem. I'm insulted and disappointed by a lot of these Comments. That's real. Not a 3 sec. Clip.— Elisha Cuthbert (@HappyElishas) May 9, 2013
We'll let this stand until the Bruins win Game 5.
You can't see any visible jerks next to the two hockey queens on this You Tube clip. Perhaps the mystery fan was the same DB who was waving the "Toronto Stronger" sign before Game 3.
The Bruins gave the Leafs and their fans plenty to roll their eyes about during Wednesday's thriller. It was a throwback to the good old days of 2011 and the game generated all the excitement and angina of a Game 7, even though it was just another overtime first-round affair.
Krecji's hat trick demonstrated that the Bruins still have it offensively. But the real star power at the Air Canada Centre wasn't generated by Cuthbert, Mrs. Reimer, or April's mother-in-law. It emanated from the pads and stick of Tuukka Rask. At 26, Rask finally dropped his playoff nut with his stellar performance, especially in overtime.
Rask made 45 saves at the very raucous Air Canada Centre. He stopped breakaways, rebounds, shots to the five-hole, risers, sliders. You name it, he stopped it. He made 14 of those stops in a back-and-forth overtime that saw multiple potential game-winners missed by both sides.
This may have been the playoff game that might finally purge the Bruins from the curse of Tim Thomas. At least for the time being. Rask hasn't dropped any of his political philosophy on Twitter or Facebook. Meanwhile, Thomas was last seen (we'd like to think) stockpiling gold and food insurance in his Colorado bunker. Or maybe it was just legal weed. Either way, Boston fans will always be grateful for his efforts in 2011. Rask showed plenty of Thomas Wednesday night, although his upright style is in marked contrast to Thomas' perpetual Zamboniness.
Even better for Rask, he doesn't have to wait around for Roberta Luongo to pump his tires. We'll be happy to do it here.
By the way, Luongo and the Canucks have lost 10 of their past 11 playoff games and are no longer with us this playoff season. And yes, fans rioted in Vancouver after the Canucks got swept by the Sharks. Luongo is also selling his very awesome Vancouver condo for just $4.2 million Canadian if you're interested, Tim.
We were promised riots in Toronto Wednesday night, if the Maple Leafs lost:
So there's a riot going on in Toronto right now then twitter.com/TdGardenGenera…— Garden General (@TdGardenGeneral) May 9, 2013
But we got nothing when it came to civil unrest. Once again, Toronto's bark proved much worse than its bite. And it can really bite.
Krecji gave the Bruins a desperately needed big-money offensive game Wednesday. A game that Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton would be wise to emulate. Despite their continued misfires, there was plenty of 2011 on the ice Wednesday night, especially in the form of an OT game-winner on the road in Canada.
Even the Red Sox got into "Throwback Wednesday" with a 15-8 loss to the Twins. When Boston was down 14-6, NESN was dutifully pimping the Premier League Game of the Week. It was just like old times 2012 style. All we needed was Bobby V.
Rask kept the Bruins viable all evening. He covered up multiple mistakes that occurred both in the Bruins' end and on offense when the Bruins simply dumped the puck in the general direction of the net but failed to force a rebound off Reimer.
And he made sure Phil Kessel would not get the last laugh on his former teammates in overtime.
Rask played his Ask off, no doubt. He showed himself capable of giving the Bruins enough air even in the fourth period of a brutally physically tough road game to allow the likes of Krecji a chance to win it.
The Bruins are still lacking when it comes to the power play even though they converted on two of their 10 chances. Boston had a chance to ice the game with a 3:30 power play in the third period that turned into 210 seconds of frustration. Conversely, the Bruins were up against the boards when Joffrey Lupul earned a best-actress nod for drawing a high-sticking penalty on Chara. That would be, surprisingly, the final penalty of the game.
But Boston turned in its biggest penalty kill of the season thus far and Cuthbert and April Reimer were left at the end of the evening exchanging dagger-eyes, or commiserating about an alleged "jerk" sitting nearby.
Either way, they can blame Tuukka Rask.
And he was a lot hotter than either Cuthbert or Reimer.
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