Bruins take out their frustrations in a unique way
Losing streaks can bring out some interesting developments. Some coaches may opt to have a good ole bag skate so players can take out their frustrations prior to their next game. Others may have a longer, more attention-to-detail training session to address areas of concern.
Judging by Tuesday’s practice outside of Washington DC Bruce Cassidy, his coaching staff and the rest of the Boston Bruins opted for a unique approach.
Mired in their second three-game skid of the 2019-20 regular season, the Bruins engaged in an unusually spirited practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. One of the drills included an animated shortened mini-scrimmage from the blue-line out.
That wasn’t all, though. The team also engaged in a “line brawl” as practice drew to a close.
Yet, amidst all the chaos, Tuukka Rask’s latest “tantrum” took the cake. The winningest goalie in franchise history smashed his stick and tipped over the net after apparently allowing a goal at the end of practice.
Rask’s teammates apparently “ignored” the whole ordeal, thus topping off the scene with an appropriate gesture. The winningest goalie in franchise history also threw part of his stick at the end boards before tipping over his net.
The Bruins face the Capitals are both fresh off of 5-2 losses Monday night to the Senators and Blue Jackets, respectively. Washington earned a 3-2 overtime win in the first meeting of the season back on Nov. 16 and have won 15 of the last 16 matchups against Boston.
Here’s a projected look at Boston’s lines and D pairings for Wednesday’s matchup.
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk-David Krejci-Danton Heinen
Anders Bjork-Charlie Coyle-Brett Ritchie (or David Backes)
Joakim Nordstrom-Sean Kuraly-Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara-Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo
John Moore-Matt Grzelcyk