Posted on April 21, 2011 by ScottieNTCF
The Bruins don’t have heart? They aren’t resilient? When they get down they don’t come back? I was wrong, wrong, and wrong. Tonight, the Boston Bruins played like I haven’t seen them play before. They got down 1-0, and then tied it up. They got down 3-1, and then tied it up. They got down 4-3, and then came back to win the game in overtime.
Tyler Seguin should be playing instead of Michael Ryder? Claude is playing Chris Kelly too much? If the Bruins can’t win in Boston, they certainly aren’t going to win in Montreal! Once again I was wrong, wrong and wrong! Michael Ryder had two goals including the game winner in overtime. Chris Kelly, playing with a broken face, had the game tying goal late in the third period, and two assists. Lastly, the Boston Bruins silenced 21,273 Canadians, no easy task. I wouldn’t hesitate to say the Bell Center is the loudest venue in the NHL. And they didn’t do it once, they beat them on their ice twice.
Now the series comes back to Boston all tied up. This series has a whole new feel to it then it did this morning. Not only did the Bruins win the game, they won in a fashion that is sure to demoralize the Habs. Montreal has to feel they gave the B’s their best shot tonight, and it simply wasn’t good enough. Tonight the Bruins showed me that they can in fact play with playoff intensity. Andrew Ference was the epitome of playoff attitude scoring a goal and promptly chucking the bird at the Montreal faithful. This is the swag, the Big Bad Bruins, the Black and Gold that I have been begging to see once the playoffs began.
It took them 4 games, but the Boston Bruins have arrived to the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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Posted on January 10, 2011 by Brick
The Boston Bruins head to Pittsburgh tonight to take on a Sidney Crosby-less Penguins. Boston really lucks out here because over the last month or so he has been the best player in the league, uncontested. The Bruins are coming off of a very disappointing loss in which they held a 2-0 lead late in the third period, blew it, and lost in overtime. So what should we expect to see from the Black & Gold tonight?
1. Tuukka Rask. Tuukka has another opportunity to shine while starter Tim Thomas gets so much deserved and much needed rest. Rask has not had a lot of opportunities to show that he’s ready to be a full time NHL goaltender because of the stellar play of Thomas thus far. Rask has seen mostly garbage time or cupcake teams during the year so any chance he gets to play means something. Tim Thomas needs Tuukka Rask to be at the level he was last year so that Thomas can be healthy and rested when it comes time for that playoff run. Keep an eye on Tuukka tonight as the Bruins take on one of the elite teams in the league.
2. Slumpers. Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, Blake Wheeler, Michael Ryder. None of these guys have had stellar performances of late. Savard still needs to find his game and Chara just needs to bring a high intensity game on a nightly basis. However, Ryder and Wheeler need to play like they are fighting for a spot on this team like they were early on in the season. The sense of urgency with a few players has certainly dissipated.
3. Matt Cooke. This one goes for Savard too. Keep an eye on how much he tries to get in Savard’s head and see how much Cooke tries to mess with the entire team to take them off of their game. That’s what Cook brings to the table so the Bruins need to ignore his antics and not get rattled.
4. Claude Julien. It’s no secret that certain fans are calling for the head coaches…well, head. It will be interesting to see how he adapts to in-game scenarios. Benching Savard was a good step to show that players need to be responsible for their actions. More of this needs to happen so that everyone takes each shift seriously.
We’ll see how the team performs against one of the best teams in the NHL tonight on Versus at 7:30pm EST. Expect a low scoring affair under 5 total goals…
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