Re: STICK A FORK IN THEM THE BRUINS ARE DONE I HATE TO SAY THIS
posted at 5/11/2010 7:56 PM EDT
In Response to Re: STICK A FORK IN THEM THE BRUINS ARE DONE I HATE TO SAY THIS
TTBI - I'm here for ya. All of the games have been close with the exception of last night. Rule of thumb for one goal games? Bet on the team with the best goaltender. Yeah, the Bruins coulda/shoulda lost game 4 in reg., but they didn't. And I think that's part of why you've taken a couple of steps back from the ledge. The team we watched all year? They'd have scored into their own empty net. This playoff version? Perfect execution, great pass by Bergeron, great shot by Recchi. Bang, bang, bang, just like winners do it when they have that opportunity. They should have won it in OT - they had the better chances. But back to why you're off the ledge: Ryan Miller took one of the best international teams in the history of the game to OT. These Bruins made him look human. The Sabres hadn't lost when leading after two all year - the Bruins came back and took games from them, and not just from down one goal. Teams that have trouble scoring usually lose when giving up the first goal - these Bruins seem to thrive when coming from behind. In other words, they've been playing like one of those "never tell me the odds!" teams that finds ways to win, not ways to lose. They've been everything you want a Bruins team to be in terms of resilience. Even when they've had a stinker, like game 5 at Buffalo, they've come back. I still say the key to this and every succeeding series (knocking on wood now) is Savard playing like Savard, and if he has the kind of game 6 he's capable of playing, this ride will continue.
Posted by Bookboy007
You finally said something that actually gives me greater hope than I had before--something I hadn't thought about til you mentioned it: They in fact DID turn in a very similar stink-o-rama against Buffalo in Game 5...exactly the same circumstances--a chance to put a team away, and failing to even come close (The only difference being the Buff. Game 5 was on the road and Monday's game 5 was at home...which in theory should have made it easier...)
But yes...they did then turn around in Game 6 and close the deal...turning in a tough, hard-fought effort against a very good Buffalo squad (at least as good and probably better than Philly w/almost definitely a better goalie).
so there's precedent for the Bruins going good after showing up bad, and let's hope this time is similar. The thing that does worry me most is the thought that the B's will have tucked away in the back of their heads the "cushion"---that "Oh, even if we lose here we have game 7 on home ice" mentality that will absolutely doom them to failure if they let it dictate their game.
They MUST treat tomorrow night's game 6 as if it IS game 7 and play with fire, smarts, intensity, desperation, and purpose.
They did that in Game 6 after a dud in Game 5, so they CAN do it again...Krejci's not there, true--BUT they didn't have Savard against Buffalo, and if you look at it that way, Savvy has the potential now to even that equation out.