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Bruins Survive Shaky Goaltending From Jaroslav Halak And Other Leftover Thoughts

Just days removed from impressively stepping into the starting role in the immediate wake of the Tuukka Rask news, Halak was simply bad in this one.

That was a nothing sort of rush for Jordan Martinook — who scored a whopping two goals in 45 regular-season games — yet Halak looked to have been caught in the same matrix that prevented him from making the save earlier in the night.

Halak is no Vezina candidate like Rask, but he’s certainly better than he was in Game 4. Credit to the Bruins for putting forth one of the most overwhelming third periods possible in order to overcome goaltending that was an adventure in this one.

And now that his highly skilled left winger is waking out of a slump, Krejci could become even more lethal as the Bruins start to collectively find their stride.

Clifton’s was a bit cooler because he got to dump a body as if he was the Hulk while also pirouetting as if he was Oksana Baiul immediately after scoring the game-tying goal in the third period of a playoff game.

The person who might feel the worst is Martin Necas, who had a golden opportunity to bury a shot into an open net on a 2-on-1 with 3:15 left to play in the second period.

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