Posts Tagged ‘Devils

14
May
09

Game 7: Win or Go Home

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Here we are, Game 7 tonight of the Eastern Conference semi-finals at The Boston Garden. This is why the Bruins fought all year to keep their top spot in the East. To be rewarded with home ice for a decisive game 7 that will decide who moves on to face the Penguins and who has to admit the old cliche “we just didn’t get it done”.

The easy favorite tonight is the Boston Bruins. They have won two games in a row; a strong 4-0 home win against Carolina in game 5 and a resilient 4-2 road win over Carolina and their tailgate-happy fans. The Bruins have home ice and 17,000+ screaming fans behind them while Carolina will be settling for a few red shirts and some pathetic Whalers fans that still think that their rivalry with the Bruins lingers.

I know I made the comparison to the 2004 Yankees-Red Sox, when Kevin Millar made the famous “don’t let us win this game’ speech in my game 6 preview . However this is NOT the same situation,  series, game 7 or team that the Red Sox were waltzing into game 7 at Yankee Stadium against (h/t to Cameron Frye for the intial reference).

First, the Hurricanes are not crippled by three losses in a row. Yes, they have lost two in a row but that is nothing for a team that twice climbed back from behind in their first round series against the NJ Devils,  the #2 team in the East, and ultimately pulled off an amazing regulation win in game 7 when trailing 2-3 with less than 2 minutes left. Second, the last 6 games are already out of the Hurricanes heads. These guys have shorter memories than a gold fish. They know this is do-or-die and nothing in the past is relevant anymore. Sure there is momentum, but momentum can last about as long as it takes Staal to come down the right side and snipe low-toe on Thomas. Third, this team is full of playoff vets. They have been here before. As I notes in the series preview, they have 10 players that have won a Stanley Cup! That is huge in games like these. When they last won the Cup in 2006 they played two game sevens on their road to the Cup; against the Sabres in the Eastern Conference finals and against the Oilers in the Stanley Cup finals. That is some great experience to draw on. Fourth, they have Cam Ward. The Saskatoon native is a great playoff goalie and a former Conn Smythe trophy winner. All it takes is one strong game from your goalie in a game like this.

With all that said, I will stick with my game 6 preview and say that this series is over. The Bruins will win this game 4-1 as long as Claude gets on his internet box, types in www.loge19.com and reads these 4 keys to winning game 7:

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29
Apr
09

Round 2: Bruins vs. Hurricanes

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Well, there has been a lot of talk about The Whale around Loge 19 lately so I will stick with the theme (above). After some late heroics in game 7 by Eric Staal and an epic defensive collapse from Fatso and the Devils, the Hurricanes punched their ticket to Beantown. I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I did have the Hurricanes winning in 7 games. I know that an all encompassing knowledge of the league is expected from a Commissioner, but I can’t help but being proud of that pick. Almost as proud of my prediction that the Sharks were going to tank it against the Ducks (too bad I was too much of a Sally to actually put that on the Loge). Either way, the Hurricanes are coming to town and I could not be happier. The Bruins were 4-0 against the Hurricanes this year. They won 4-2, 4-2, 5-1, 5-1. 18 goals for 6 goals against. Looks pretty solid. I would say we have this locked up,  right? Hummm, I guess there are a few other things that may factor into this series:

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22
Mar
09

Battle for the East: Bruins v.s. Devils sunday matinee

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Not too much to say about the Bruins that hasn’t already been said recently:

Slumping Bruins brace for rejuvenated Brodeur, Devils

Bruins hoping their best comes out against NJ

Shadows of themselves

Bruins vs. Devils….

Have the mighty already fallen in Boston?

Any way you put it, today’s game against the devils is a big gut check for the Bruins. Have they relaxed and gotten back to their early season form? Or have they wound themselves up even more in anticipation of this heavyweight match up?

20
Mar
09

This is What Hockey is All About!

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Welcome Loge fans. Since we haven’t mentioned anything about Martin Brodeur reaching an NHL milestone I figured it’d be nice to mention his name along with the New Jersey Devils for all of their greatness over the past decade.  Hats off to Marty for reaching such an incredible milestone, but this story goes deeper than just the individual.  We seem to have a theme going on here at the Loge that has portrayed hockey and hockey players as “classy,” rightfully so.  New Jersey Devils and Boston College’s own Brian Gionta explains to us what it’s really like to be part of a team and not an individual. 

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19
Mar
09

NHL Round Up

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With some light content lately, (that has been painfully pointed out by some) here is a round up of NHL happenings:

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