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Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton going after a 20-year-old Swedish defenceman and Dominic Moore with 40 seconds left in a 5-2 game?
For the ensuing 5-on-3, Guy Boucher sending out Nate Thompson, Teddy Purcell, Adam Hall, Randy Jones and Mike Lundin?
Let’s hope the classier team wins this series.
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Topic for angry Comments on the Lord’s Day: Dominic Moore.
He helped set up linemate Sean Bergenheim for the goal that got Tampa Bay rolling after an early Boston surge in Game 1.
Moore played played 17:15, including 4:26 on the Bolts’ perfect penalty-kill, had three SoG and went 6-4 on faceoffs.
He’s plus-4 through the playoffs and is giving Guy Boucher as good a third line as the coach could wish for.
Was letting Moore get away last summer Pierre Gauthier’s worst off-season mistake?
Bear in mind, however, that Moore wanted a two-year deal and got $1.1 million per from Tampa Bay.
Forced to pinch pennies (thank you, Scott Gomez), Gauthier saved $500,000 by signing Jeff Halpern – a RH faceoff and PK specialist – to a one-year deal.
Moore is younger, faster and way better in the O-zone (18 goals this season), but Halpern was cheaper.
Gauthier is not the first GM to make a mistake on Moore. The Harvard grad was having a breakout season with the Leafs when Brian Burke traded him to Buffalo for a second-round pick in 2009.
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Guest Comment from HabinBurlington:
So Claude Julien continues to prove what a brilliant coach he is. Seguin looked sharp, so he pretty much benched him for the 2nd period. Then he basically blames the loss on not winning faceoffs. The Bruins mgmt collectively will try and rush Bergeron back, they don’t give a FFFFF that this guy coming back early will/could be eerily similar to Savard rushing back last playoffs. How did that work out long term you bunch of idiots. Bergeron is one of the few bruins I like, and if they bring him back game 2 (or any time this series) it will show there complete disregard for players.
And of course the bruins had to finish the game with their patented, well we suck at hockey tonight, so how about lets fight. Unbelievable some people don’t realize how thuggish this entire organization is. I don’t doubt they have lots of talent on that roster, but all is negated with their complete lack of respect.
As someone else posted last night, Did Horton’s contract in Boston require that he become an idiot now that he is in a Bruins jersey?
Good job TBay, keep taking it to them. We all know a 2 game lead means nothing (aargh… that hurt to type)