The NHL playoffs started Wednesday night and the NBA playoffs start Saturday night. Both of Boston’s TD Garden occupants are in the playoffs and both are the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Last night started off pretty much as bad as anyone could have wished for the Bruins. Montreal went up 1-0 just about two minutes and change in the game. That deflated the crowd. From there the Bruins played hard but they seemed to just play against a hot goalie that was able to save everything that was thrown at him.
The Canadiens added a second goal late in the third period and that really was the nail in the coffin for game one. It’s only one game but it was a home loss. Some people were blaming the refs on Facebook last night but I don’t think you can blame the refs for the Bruins inability to get the puck in the net.
They look to tie the series on Saturday night again at the Garden. Let’s hope they remember how to score in that game and play like the team that dropped 15 against the Canadiens in two games opposed to what they showed last night.
Then on Sunday the other #3 seed, the Celtics, host the Knicks in game one of their series. The two teams wrapped up the regular season on Wednesday night with a Celtics victory 112-102. Both teams rested most of their starters but it proved the Celtics bench is/was stronger than New York’s bench.
How will that series play out? Well my prediction of the 4-1 Bruins series win could still happen. I’m saying that the Celtics won’t do the same. Sure they will win the series but I think it will take them six games to do so. After that I don’t see the Celtics fairing too much better. I think Chicago is the team to beat in the Eastern Conference and the Heat are going to be a tougher opponent than the Green Teamers are giving them credit.
I guess the good thing in all this is that win or lose, we get playoffs all weekend. And if that starts to suck, we can watch the Red Sox lose. Oh wait…