Friday, November 16, 2018 Connor Clifton made his debut in the big league. His performance was anything but lackluster.
The rookie, who was originally drafted by the Arizona Coyotes, played a total of 18:53 on the ice. He kept up with the fast game play and helped fill the shoes of our injured d-men. He didn’t record any shots on goal but he definitely set some chances up. What stood out the most about him was that he never gave up. He put in an immense amount of effort every time he battled for the puck.
In the third period, Clifton got into a scruff with Dallas’ Jason Spezza and recorded his first fighting major. Honestly, the extra penalty called on Clifton was total bullshit as were many of the calls made throughout the night. But all in all, I’m very proud of the newbie for sticking up for himself.
Clifton, who last May signed a two year contract with the Bruins, played like he wanted to stay in Boston. He took up for his team and himself when it mattered. “Emotions were high,” says the rookie. “Overall, we wanted to win,” Connor also said in his post game interview.
I’d definitely like to see more of Clifton in Boston if he continues to play like this. He showed in his game that he is NHL ready and isn’t going to give up until he earns his spot.
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