Re: Game 5
posted at 5/23/2011 4:14 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Game 5
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Game 5 : CJ's previous lineup choices letting you down are they?
Posted by dezaruchi[/QUOTE]
How I've come to agree w/one of the posters I've locked horns with most in the past is a mystery to me, but I just don't get all this outrage over ANYTHING at this point.
If you had told me at the start of this season that the Boston Bruins would find themselves not only IN the Final 4, but just 6 wins away from winning the Cup and going 2-2 into game 5 on home ice, 1) I wouldn't have believed you and 2) I'd take those chances regardless of the circumstances that got them there
Meaning I wouldn't reject the scenario just b/c they should have won game 4 and didn't....put another way--the SJ Sharks didn't fold the tent when they went up 3-0 on Detroit and blew that lead--both in the series and in one of the games they lost--they still gut-checked it and went on to win game 7.....ditto Van. vs. Chicago this year.)
Lookit, in no way am I CJ's biggest fan (my sig. tells you all you need to know about how I think he dealt w/Seguin), but results can't be argued with, and for crying out loud, the Bruins are within reach of their first Cup Finals since 1990.
I don't know if they're going to win tonight. I don't know if game 4 will turn out to be the death knell of this team's season, and I don't know whether CJ gave the appropriate message between periods 1 and 2 in game 4 when he should have reminded his charges to remember how many similar leads they had blown.
But if you want to rail on CJ and blame him for that one game, then give him credit for rolling out the line-up that won games 2 and 3 (esp. game 3). You'll find they're virtually the same.
And let's remember that it isn't CJ's fault that Thomas hesitated like a rookie when playing that puck on goal #1 which started TB's comeback (I am telling you if he clears that puck right away instead of making Chara stand there like a doofus the Bruins go on to win), and sure as hel wasn't Claude's fault that Lucic abandonded all sense and reason giving Gagne the GW gift.
Hockey is a frustrating sport on a million levels that often turns on a bad bounce here, a poke check there, etc.
The Boston Bruins CAN win game 5 tonight, and while I don't KNOW it's a lock, I'm more than happy to know that if they DO, it puts them ONE win from the Stanley Cup Finals. The story would be exactly the same had they won game 4.
Folks, it's not perfect, but it's pretty da*n good.
Tonight feels to me like it's going to be a white-knuckler. Have the Tums on hand. Earfmuffs for the kids if you're prone to cursing. Be prepared to go to work tomorrow on little to no sleep.
But I'm going out on a limb to say #18, Nathan Horton, "Mr. (O)T", scores the game-winner for Boston, and the Julien-led Bruins will look a lot more like the team you want on the ice than the one you don't.