Good news and bad news.
We can start with the bad news. The Boston Bruins got called for seven penalties on Saturday night against the Nashville Predators, including a double-minor. Egregious examples included an unnecessary out-of-his-way cross-check by Brad Marchand against Gustav Nyquist, and a stick-hold by Charlie McAvoy pretty much right in front of the linesman.
The Bruins are fortunate that the Predators lack the high-end firepower to really make them pay for a lack of discipline. Against a more skilled, deep power play, the Bruins’ rampant penalty troubles in the first two periods of Saturday’s 3-2 win could have sunk them.
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And now, the good news: the Bruins killed all seven penalties, most impressively the four-minute high-sticking double-minor against Jakub Lauko. They accomplished the feat with stout goaltending by Jeremy Swayman, and a hell of a lot of elbow grease.
The greasy part? Getting in the way of pucks. The Bruins penalty kill was credited with a total of nine blocked shots, including three by McAvoy and two by shot-blocking specialist Derek Forbort (via Natural Stat Trick). Marchand, Brandon Carlo, Hampus Lindholm, and Trent Frederic blocked one each.