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"Joining us now from the NHL network. Mike Kelly on Twitter at my Kelly NHL, Mike, thanks for taking some time as we get ready for game seven we really appreciate it. Brian always always happy to talk hockey one more day to do it in the season. So we know. All right. Mike. So one, big news, e-, Adam, if you will Matt grizzly is out of concussion protocol, another, one of these defensemen in the mold of Tory crew and Charlie McEvoy that can move the puck a little bit. How big of a boost will this give Boston tonight? Or are you on the other side say it doesn't do much for them? No, I think it gives them a boost, because as you just mentioned, you know, he plays right into the great strength of the Boston. Bruins which to their up ample quick transition game. You know, Boston scored so many goals off to rush in these playoffs by far more than anyone else. Obviously played more games than multi. But even if you go per game they create a ton of offense off to rush and it's not just moving the puck quickly up the ice. It's when the Puckett's flipped out, you know, out of Saint Louis zone into the neutrals owner into Boston. And it's how quickly they just go north. And, you know, from watching backers play that he can skate while move the puck while so he plays right into that great strengthened the Bruins which I think, is something to watch tonight, which is just how quickly they're able to regroup. Get the puck up and attack the net. Quickly hit own with the blue line with speed and the offensive zone and get right to the net. So I think for those reasons that absolutely. He's an impactful player in a guy that can make a difference speaking strength to the Bruins, Mike, we've heard of the perfection line. I think it's a corny nickname, but nonetheless Pasternak has goal last game or Shan has an opportunity in the five and three he cashes in, but Patrice Persia on does not have a point that game. We know he gave the big. Before the game but he doesn't have a point in this series since the seventy to blow out and that came on the power play. He played less minutes than did Sean Crowley in the last game. I'm wondering what you're looking at from Patrice Bergeron. Is it just a guy that is struggling? Do you think he's dealing with some sort of injury is a combination of the two things? It's hard to say right? Because we don't know what guys dealing with this time of year, for the most part, but I, I think you're probably onto something because he hasn't looked like the Patrice Bergeron reuse to seeing, and you know what those guys played through in the past, you know, Rams cracked and lungs, punctured and guys warrior, so it wouldn't shock me if he's playing through something, and the chorale Eli is actually played the most five on five of any of Boston's life. So, you know, they've been getting a good chunk of the responsibility, there at five on five and played well, so that's the thing with Boston, though is they can beat you. They can win a game with power play. Even if you actually five on five units, you've got a leg up on the five on five power plays so good. And St Louis there. That, you know, Boston can get away with potentially winning a game on special teams. And, and more guys than bursar on that can contribute there. You mentioned Marchand in Pasternak kind of seems like a warming up a little bit. And there you go into a one game winner. Take all so he'll does so many other things as well. Right. Is is defensive play what he doesn't a circle you can impact the game a lot of different ways other than the scoring points, but, but I agree with you. He is not looked like the Patrice Bergeron. We're used to seeing most of the time we're chatting with Mike Kelly from the NHL network foam. I Twitter it's at Mike Kelly NHL. Okay, you mentioned something interesting there, the officiating now they took our in Sutherland off the series after they had the miscall and that game five. So you get the same officiating crew from game six. And if you go back to that game six the Bruins when they only drew two penalties in that came only to power play opportunities if you will. And it seems like more so than most other series we've seen in the past the officiating really. Dictate the outcome of the game. I'm not saying that in a positive or negative way in terms of the officiating. But just if the Bruins get on the power play, we know how good they are. They're even strength. The blues have been a better team. How do you expect the whistle to go tonight considering it's a game seven we'll be a call tightly or they do the cliche and let them play. I don't think anybody knows the answer that question. Honestly, I really hope because these playoffs more than anyone. I can ever remember covering or even watching has a kid. I can't remember the officiating being such a story, you know, games being decided on calls that, that should or shouldn't have been made and just hope that it doesn't happen in game seven on the biggest stage. Right. So I really I like the way the officials called game sex. I thought they did a really good job in that game. And, and I think if you asked players or coaches, I think more than anything, they just want consistency. You know, if you're gonna call it tight tight both ways if you're going to I if you're going to let guys play and, and you wanna call it that we just, just consistent with it. So people out there can know what they can, and can't do that. So, you know, I, I hope it's not something that anybody's talking about after the game, but giving seen in the playoffs so far it could be. But obviously the more penalties that are called. So I guess if the officials really go by the rule book, and this one. Massive advantage to the Bruins because their power plays been exceptional and Saint Louis. Power plant. Six games one eighteen historically one of the worst in Cup final history. I can't understand for the life of me why they still have Terasenko playing the left point when he's got the most dangerous shot inventory, co probably on that power play. Why they're not rotating Tarasenko around more to try to get him some open ice, rotate them into the right circle. Even because when he gets the puck at the left circle by the time he can skate it up to two or three at the left point by the time he can skate it up to the circle. They got a good shot on that guy right in front of him. It's stagnant. It's slow moving. There have been two adjustments. So for St Louis better hope this game stays five on five almost reminds you of the Bruins power play back in twenty eleven when they won the Stanley Cup where that was like the talking point every game is the power place. Thanks. And they ended up winning the Cup and despite the fact that the blues power play has been nonexistent throughout this Stanley Cup run. There's still one win away from winning the Cup tonight. All right. So Ryan Riley says after the game it's his fault. He got the delay of game penalty that gave the Bruins the five on three opportunity. Also lost the puck on a breakaway opportunity. But I would argue that a Riley really has been the best player in this series. What's been impress? What's impress? You most about a Riley play throughout the Stanley Cup running in particular against the Bruins. While with him. You know, he's kinda like version on in a way where with him. It's everything everything that he does. You know he can go three or four five games without scoring a goal point. Whatever it is. You can impact the game in so many different ways. So the pack is scoring goals. Huge, obviously take so many face off for the blues offenses on defensive zone. He's got a great defensive stick blocks. A lot of passes a lot of stick checks. So if you want, you know watching the game tonight if he just watching when he's on the ice, how involved is away from the puck when he doesn't have. Exceptional players. So that's where I think guys like him, you know, you love to see them get the respect that they deserve. Any has been in the Cup final scored some big goals. But, but again, he impacts the game so many different areas for Saint Louis. So I think going away if the blues win the Stanley Cup tonight you know barring, you know who who knows some players scoring five goals in a game. I think he's the consummate winter. I think it's too correct. No questions asked for the Bruins, and for me it's Ryan Reilly Saint Louis he's been that good with Mike Kelly from the NHL networking fall Twitter at Mike. Kelly NHL. All right. So we saw Jordan Bennington after that game three to buckle responded. He was great and game for in game five. I would argue as his best game of the series, especially that first period, seventeen saves did not play great. Of course in that game six. What do you expect from Bennington tonight? Mike. In young career consistently. He can come back from bad games and playing credibly well. So you know, I think he would expect that again here in game seven. What has trouble a little bit about his game as a couple of things? And I talked about this first one on ESPN a couple of days ago is when he allows a bad goal in a game you had trouble putting it behind him, you go back to the Winnipeg series against the jets and three the blues are one nothing. He allows wrist shot from the point very similar to Brandon Carlos, go Alaska game, just a floater from the point that gets by him and the jets go under four five goals in that game. They win you go back to a few games ago in this Cup final when Sean rally scored that Rishaad goal to make three nothing late in the first period. And that ended up being the game winner Boston when the game seven to two. So, and then, of course, you've got the Carlo bouncing goal in Boston goes onto score. A few more times in that game than they finished with five goals. So you know, if Bennington allows us off one in this game, I'm gonna be really interested to see how he comes back from it because that in game adjustments seems to have struggled with and the other thing with Bennington. The concerns me a little bit is lateral movement in the net. Particularly when he's going from his rights, as blocker side over to glove-side in the net seven of the ten goals. The Boston sport, and even strengthened this series are plays where he's had to move from his right to his left, and I've watched these goals, and I've watched him on them. And I've got even a step farther and looked at his save percentage on shots where he has to move from his right to his left by far the worst of any playoff goalie. It's been a real struggle for playoffs. And I think it's a weakness in the game. And you watch the Bruins play, you know how well they moved the puck news to us in the offense and zone, if they can get the puck go inside the side, autumn specifically, then shooting on his glove side or making a move to that club side.."