13
May
09

Boston Bruins Force A Game 7

Game 7 Here We Come!

First off I want to apologize for those of you who visited this morning looking for the Game 6 recap. Last night I was too tired to create a recap and Commissionerdangle needed his beauty rest, and trust me, he needs all he can get. As for the rest of the day, here is my mini rant, some of you may get some enjoyment out of it. On Friday I’m leaving for New York City, New Jersey actually, for my girlfriend’s sister’s wedding. Because of that, I have about 2 weeks of work to do in 4 days. I literally have 47 projects that need to be completed before I take off Thursday night. Here’s where the comedy comes in, on top of that I need to make my own travel arrangements to Red Bank New Jersey. See, I’m not leaving with my girlfriend tonight to go to the wedding. I told her I’m missing her sister’s rehersal dinner in order to go to Game 7. If any of you saw fireworks in Boston last night, it wasn’t the Fourth of July. It was me deciding to watch the Bruins Game 7 at the Garden Thursday night, instead of head to the Garden State. Now I’m taking a 6:30am Mega Bus, Friday morning, to some corner in New York City, walking 6 blocks to Penn Station, taking a train to Red Bank, NJ, and somehow making it to the wedding by 4:30pm. Mind you, I don’t know where the wedding is at, the hotel, or the reception. If you think the Bruins have pressure tomorrow night, call me around 3pm Friday and see where I’m at. 

Enough about me, on to last night and a game that seemed to drag on forever. Not that the game was boring, but whenever the Bruins took a lead it seemed as though time stood still. In the end, the Bruins pulled it out to force a Game 7 tomorrow night!!!! Are you kidding me, my only question is why did it take them so long to get fired up? The past 2 games are a complete 180 from where they were in Games 2, 3, & 4. The Loge has been posting its opinions on what the Bruins needed to do in order to cut this deficit and push the Hurricanes to a one game playoff, and I think they have taken every bit of advice. Last night was no different, but there are still some things the Bruins need to work on. For example, taking care of the puck. This is the one thing that will kill the B’s if they don’t work on. While the Bruins have been able to make smart decisions, there were a few occasions last night where the defensemen either threw the puck up the wall, made blind cross-ice passes, or the forwards would not get the puck deep. Carolina would take capitalize, and take control of the game for 5-7 minute spans of time. Either way, if there was one thing Carolina should not have done, its let the Bruins take the series back to the Garden on a night the NHL gives its fans an extra hour to booze. The game is at 8pm rather than 7pm, tomorrow night. Every southie resident, construction worker, banker, student, lawyer, peddler, and whatever else I see roaming this city will be sure to head down to Sullivan’s Tap early, and be able to stay late. Get yah hahd hats on boys!

Looking at the game as a whole, the Bruins got it done. Jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first with goals by Recchi and Montador. Recchi’s goal was set up by a smart and aggressive Patty-Cakes feed. One that went virtually unnoticed by everyone, however Bergeron’s ability to block the puck from the Carolina defender enabled him to move the biscuit over to Recchi. Recchi, who fanned on the attempt, was able to get a clutch game-opening goal that relieved a lot of the pressure for the Bruins. A few minutes later, Krejci fed Montador a pass, which gave me a heart-attack, that Montador blasted past Ward. This was Steve “Crazy Legs” Montador’s first goal of the post season. Thanks for your contribution, Steve. From there on out Carolina controlled the rest of the period, and put some heavy pressure on Boston, who was able to fend off every attempt and pretty much kill off the rest of the first.

Carolina’s Cullen opened the scoring in the second period on a feed from none other than Scott “I’ll Knock Your Teeth Out While You’re Not Looking And Get Away With It” Walker. At this point a lot of f-bombs were being thrown around my apartment, so I had to calm down with a peanut butter and jelly. Probably the smartest move I made last night, beside deciding to attend Game 7 on Thursday, because about 6 minutes later Savard netted his 6th jingle of the post-season on a feed from the Serbian Terror, Milan Lucic. Lucic’s patience was unreal as he walked across the blue line and looked for Savard sitting on the far post. Had that been me, I would have gotten to the top of the circles and blasted a snapper low-toe in looks for a rebound, but that’s just me. That also probably explains why I work a desk job, and not hanging out with my friends waiting to play hockey tomorrow night. Kobasew put away the third goal of the night a few minutes later rounding out the Bruins scoring for the night.

In the third Sergei “I’m Still Not Worth The Money” Samsonov scored yet again in this series to halve the Bruin’s lead. I’ll have to admit, I was pretty nervous at this point considering Boston went into defense mode and let Carolina start to unload. Again, Tank Thomas came up huge, and warded off the ensuing attack. All of this with Wideman’s delay of game penalty.

Lets look at some important stats, that the B’s need to be aware of going into Game 7. First, shots on goal . Boston was outshot 33 to 19 last night. Not good, if Boston is going to win Thursday night, they need to get more than 20 shots on net. I’m thinking more like 35 should be the minimum. To that note, Wideman had 5 shots miss the net or get blocked, really? In the first period I was screaming at Claude not to let Wideman shoot anymore. In total Boston had 10 shots miss the net and 9 blocked. Cut down the blocked shots by 3 and the missed shots by 5 and you’re adding atleast another 10 shots on rebounds alone. Think about it, you had as many shots blocked or missed the net, that you had hit the net. Not good.  I’m trying to find a stat on possession but can’t, however I’ll assume things didn’t look good in that department either.

 So, keys to Game 7 

  • Control the game and its flow
  • Hit the net! Please!!!! Imagine 25% more shots hitting the net rather than the backboards or shinpads? Those shots make a difference.
  • Play aggressive, each time Boston plays aggressive you slow Carolina and its fast forwards. They can’t sustain the momentum and speed. The only imposing players are Corvo, Staal, and Brind’ Amour.
  • No dumb penalties
  • A healthy Marc Savard. He will  play, but I’m not sure to what capacity. Hopefully his knee-to-knee collision last night was only a charliehorse.
  • This kid needs to be there, otherwise nothing will get the crowd fired up:

 That’s all for now. I have to start looking into how I’m going to navigate to New Jersey on Friday morning. I have my bus ticket, but nothing mapped out on how to get to Penn Station, the train I need to catch, or how to get to the hotel when I’m there. Furthermore, I’m taking the Orange Line to Back Bay Station at 6am. Anyone have an extra flack-jacket I can borrow?

 A few other quick notes

  •  Be sure to check out 2 other Game 7’s that look amazing
  • Feel free to comment on any issue you would like. For now the comment board is open to whomever, you don’t need a login. I’d like to see some more chatter from more than just the usuals.  Just don’t be an idiot, Brendan.
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7 Responses to “Boston Bruins Force A Game 7”


  1. 1 patverbeek
    May 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    This makes me a little nervous for thursday night

    Nine players remain from the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup team that won a Game 7 in both the Eastern Conference Finals against Buffalo and the Cup Final against Edmonton (after losing Game 6 in Edmonton, mind you).

    Plus Carolina just came off of a game 7 series in New Jersey in Which they won.

  2. 2 commissionerdangle
    May 13, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    “Had that been me, I would have gotten to the top of the circles and blasted a snapper low-toe in looks for a rebound, but that’s just me.”

    -Naah, If you were Lucic last night you would have dumped the puck into the opposite corner and yelled at Savard for not getting to the puck fast enough.

    The ‘Dump-and-Chase’ Kiiiiiiiid

  3. May 13, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    If any of you work in the investment world, I’m sure you’re all familiar with the disclosure “Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.” So is the case with hockey.

    In my opinion, none of the history matters at this point. It comes down to one game and what you do with it, like Julien said in his press conference. Point in case, the all impressive flop of a performance that the undefeated Patriots brought to the Super Bowl against the Giants. Or the greatest moment in hockey, the 1980 Olympic games. One game, leave it all out there. None of the history matters anymore.

    Some people will make all these arguments about home-ice advantage and playing in front of your own fans. Playing in front of a loud crowd fires you up no matter if the crowd is cheering for you or telling you to go suck a dick. The only thing that matters when the puck drops is the game that each team brings to the table. Lucic’s hit on Seidenberg in game 5 changed the series for the Bs – that spark got the Bruins going. An early lead in game 6 was the spark the Bs needed to win last night. I don’t really believe in momentum being carried over from previous games. Momentum only exists within the actual games and can change in a heartbeat. I think the Bruins have what it takes to get the momentum in their favor at the start of the game. They can bang, they can score, they can pass (where did Lucic’s vision come from?), Thomas makes highlight reel saves. They have it all – it’s just a matter of if they decide to bring it all to the table.

  4. May 13, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Kiiiiid you’re the one who will need the Hahd hat if you dont make it to that wedding in time. If i were you i would rent a car instead of relying on the fung wah bus.

  5. 5 Vinny Riendeau
    May 13, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    thekiiid – good post and funny shit about the wedding. hope that bus doesnt break down or you could be cooked. i haev some personal experience traveling down to that area of NJ for work recently…You can also take the Acela from Boston to Newark and then rent a car and drive an hour or you can take the Amtrak from NYC to Red Bank and pray that someone picks your hungover ass up at the train station in time.

    the loges point about keeping staal off the board comes true again, let’s hope we can do it one more night. 3 great games in 2 nights coming up.


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