Couldn’t help it, Jack Edwards nailed it.
When the Bruins had hid the skids in January not too many people had even thought they’d make the playoffs. Myself included. It seemed that every time they stepped on the ice it was another loss. Then they won four straight heading into the Olympic break and that breathed life into the team.
But really the team didn’t come together and rally until the Pittsburgh game after the Savard hit. Sure they lost that game but the team started to play a much more physical brand of hockey. A physical brand that they carried straight into the playoffs.
After a paltry game five in which they let the Sabres run all over them many hoped that the series would end last night and not have to go back to Buffalo. I was in this boat as well. My mind set coming in was; please win tonight I can’t handle the stress of a game seven.
Well, the Bruins came out and for the first time all series took a first period lead. In fact they used a late first period penalty against Buffalo to get a power play goal in the opening minutes of the second to make it 2-0. But Buffalo just wouldn’t go away getting on the board about four minutes later.
The game felt almost like an elastic band. For every time the Bruins would stretch the lead, Buffalo would snap it back to one. After a Dennis Wideman turnover made it 3-2 you had to be on the edge of your seat (I was there most of the game). But Satan (from Wideman) put the Bruins up 4-2 with about five minutes left in the game.
The longest five minutes in the world.
Buffalo pulled their goalie and were able to get within one but a non-icing call wrapped up the game for the Bruins. Bruins win the game 4-3 and the series 4-2.
Of course they don’t know their opponent yet but whoever they draw will make it tough on them. Let’s bask in the win for the time being and let’s also root for the Canadiens Wednesday night.
Patrick Lalime is no Ryan Miller.
I guess that’s the lesson that we can take away from last night’s game. After beating the Sabres last week at the TD Garden, the Sabres won at HSBC Arena in a large part to starting goaltender Ryan Miller.
After falling behind in the first period, the Bruins came out swinging in the second. In fact they dominated the second period outshooting the Sabres 24-8. Unfortunately for the B’s one of those eight found the back of the net and that was the difference maker.
But what did I like?
How about the physicality of the Bruins. Lucic, Thornton, and even Chara with his college hockey cage on his helmet, brought some intensity. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bruins do the exact same thing tomorrow night and really beat up the Sabres. The old adage, if you can’t win the game, win the fight.
But I don’t foresee the Bruins losing the game. Really their goal is to steal one in Buffalo and take it back to Boston. Well, Tuukka played very well despite the loss, so I expect that to stay the same. He doesn’t give up stupid, flop around on the ground like a fish, rebounds like Thomas and that’s a huge asset to the team.
While other people are jumping off the bandwagon and probably blaming Wideman for the loss, it’s way too early for that. And this is from a guy that wrote the team off in January (my bad). Excited for tomorrow’s matinee in Buffalo. Let’s hope it ends in a Bruins win.
Short and sweet today.
I hit the Garden for the Bruins last night and thought it was hysterical listening to the fans beat on Dennis Wideman. Of course he couldn’t do his job and they gave up the first goal of the game.
And the fans beatfest of Wideman continued. Every time he was on the ice the fans screamed at him and really gave it to him. Totally, they’ve turned on him, myself included.
I watched Satan get the tying goal and then after the second period, we moved to a different section where I heard all new Wideman rips. For all that you hear it on sports radio, the fans at the Garden are hysterical.
After ripping him as soon as he touched the puck, he won back a few of the fans. He ripped a slap shot about 2 minutes into the period that gave the Bruins the lead. Add to that a Recchi goal with about four minutes left in the game and the final result is a 3-1 Bruins win against the Sabres.
Sure it was against the Sabres backup goalie but the Bruins needed the points and got them. They’re sitting at the #6 seed right now and would play that same Buffalo team if the season ended today.
We just need to hope the Bruins catch fire heading into the playoffs. They have goaltending and a pretty decent team defense, let’s just hope that they can score come playoff time. Lots of low scoring games come playoff time but you want to at least be on the scoreboard.
Well for some of our Boston sports teams. I pretty much throw out the Sox dropping two of three to the Dodgers because they’re playing starters for an at bat and then it was single “A” ball.
We’ll start with the good which was the Celtics just showing off how good they are. They beat the snot out of New Orleans and MVP candidate Chris Paul. With that win the C’s became the second team in the league this year to beat every other team, the other being Utah. But this wasn’t only a statement game, this was a big “Fuck You” game to the national media. Saying that the Celtics couldn’t beat the beasts of the West and they’ve only come out and stomped them.
Is KG just laughing at Mark Blount knowing that he escaped Minnesota and Blount escaped too only to end up in a worse situation? Fuck you Mark Blount! You fucked the C’s cap after finally playing in the playoffs of your contract year. Waste away in Miami. Rot.
Then Sunday they got the night off. The Miami Heat and the NBADL roster came into town and allowed the Celtics to trounce them. So bad that the Celts held the Heat to 27% shooting and an NBA record low 17 field goals. Keep in mind when the season started that people questioned whether Boston would be able to hang with the big boy in the East like Miami (pre-Shaq trade) and Detroit. I think that question has been answered. Pretty soon the Celtics will complete the best turn around in league history as well as lock up the #1 seed in the East. Doc said there will be no rest for “the big three” even after they clinch. Good. Cut down the minutes like you did last night it the drubbing of the Heat and let Leon keep being your high man, as he was Sunday with 17.
Now the bad (well, not terrible) from the weekend. Your Boston Bruins. After I ripped them last Monday they took a home and home against the Maple Leafs knowing that their playoff lives were in danger. They continued the success against Ottawa on Saturday in Boston with some of the Toucher and Rich crew from WBCN in attendance. But this team came out flat on Sunday in Buffalo. A minute into the overtime the Bruins lost the game 2-1. Alex Auld for the Bruins had a great third period (yes I watched some of the game when the C’s were up 20 in the second quarter) making some insane saves. But the Sabres were that much hungrier knowing if they lost they’re out. Oh well.
Pretty much the only good thing about being unemployed is that when the Sox have a matinee on Wednesday, I’ll be able to watch in on TV, opposed to online waiting for ESPN.com to reload. It’s a great time to be a Boston fan and just like McDonald’s said, “I’m Loving It.”