BOSTON (CBS) – 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Boston Bruins color analyst Bob Beers joined Gresh & Zo on Friday to break down the B’s Game 1 win over the Rangers.
The game was a bit slow early on, as both teams kind of felt each other out with the series getting underway. But Beers says it won’t be like that for much longer.
“You will see a lot of that stuff along the boards as this series evolves. These teams pride themselves on winning one-on-one battles and doing the work that needs to be done along the boards,” said Beers. “There were shifts last night as the game went on in the second and third period, there were times when the Rangers had the Bruins pinned in their own zone… Sometimes you could feel the crowd getting a bit antsy, but it’s something you have to get used to because this is how the series is going to go.”
“You won’t see the wide open fire wagon hockey you love to see and you saw against Toronto,” he said. “That won’t happen this series, but it’s OK. You have to win different games different ways and both teams think they can win that way.”
Beers was very impressed with the performances of the young Bruins defensemen Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton, who were thrust into action due to injuries to veteran blue-liners Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden.
“They did a terrific job last night. I don’t know if it’s a long-term solution, normally not, but they did a great job last night,” said Beers. “Just their composure; you have to to be able to control the fore-check of the Rangers.”
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“The one thing all three of those guys can do is skate,” he said. :They can all move the puck while their skating, and that’s a good quality to have as long as you’re moving it to the right people and not skating yourself into trouble. It’s good to have those young legs, especially as a series goes on. You saw that from all three of those guys last night.”
Beers also talks about the importance of Patrice Bergeron, and the struggles of Jaromir Jagr: