Ramblings: Vegas advances again; Bergeron, Krejci, and McAvoy; Chara – June 11

Michael Clifford

2021-06-11

Vegas and Colorado went back and forth in Game 6 like Forrest Griffin and Stephen Bonner in the UFC cage all those years ago, but unlike that fight, this game had a decisive winner as the Golden Knights took a 6-3 win, and 4-2 series victory.

Philipp Grubauer had a rough start to the game where he got faked out by Reilly Smith and completely lost track of the puck for what seemed like 3-4 seconds, and a seemingly harmless wrist shot from the blue line by Nick Holden ended getting past him.  That was in reply to a Devon Toews goal just 23 seconds into the contest. Max Pacioretty scored the empty-netter, giving him two points in this game and points in seven straight since returning at the end of the Minnesota series.

Alex Pietrangelo came up big fantasy-wise with a goal, an assist, two shots, a block, and a couple of PIMs. Shea Theodore had a pair of points as well, with two assists.

Montreal awaits Vegas in what I guess they're calling the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals™ rather than the Conference Finals, which makes sense. Colorado has Gabriel Landeskog, Grubauer, and Brandon Saad as UFAs with Cale Makar as an RFA. There is a little bit of work to be done, let's say.  

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The Boston Bruins were eliminated by the New York Islanders in six games in the second round of the playoffs earlier this week. While losing in the second round to a team that was in the Conference Finals last year and will be again this year might be a successful campaign for some teams, it's a failure for the Bruins. The fact is Taylor Hall and David Krejci are UFAs, as are Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, while Brandon Carlo is an RFA.  That could be a lot of movement, and Patrice Bergeron will be 36 next year, the final year of his contract. This is a franchise that has now gone a decade without a Cup, which might not sound like a big deal, but this core has two Cup Final appearances and three other appearances beyond the first round in that decade gap. That is a lot of playoff success to not put another Coupe Stanley on the mantle.

We are here to go through what went wrong for Boston, where they could go next year, and what it all means for their fantasy outlooks.

To start with the obvious…