Re: Reflective observations & cautious but real optimism
posted at 4/22/2012 7:56 PM EDT
In Response to Reflective observations & cautious but real optimism
[QUOTE]1) Fantastic series. Every game so far decided by one goal. Heading into a game 7, that has NEVER happened in NHL history. 2) I was right. This was a tough, possibly fatal (still) match-up for Boston. Don't care what the Sens have done v. the Rangers--Ottawa would have been a much easier opponent for the B's. This is NO EASY SERIES (by now obvious), and a very difficult hump for the B's to get over. 3) I was wrong. I though the B's were over and done today, and never more so than when Ovie scored w/5 mins. left to tie it at 3. Then another X-bar in OT, and I'm thinking: No way this goes Boston's way. Then the Kid shuts me up and has me dancing in my living room. I F--ing LOVE Tyler G--amn M**F**ing Seguin and don't care who knows it. 4) Looch gets a temporary reprieve for what has been a mostly MIA series for him. That was a nice little pass to the Kid to set him free in OT, and makes up for a lot of lackadaisical, I-thought-u-were-a-tuff-guy, why-does-everyone-keep-knocking-you-off-the-puck play. He stiill needs to find another gear in Game 7 and be "the Man" he is supposed to be, especially w/Bergy not 100% and Horton not available. 5) I like Jordan Caron in place of Thornton. Nothing against Thony, but Caron adds more youthful legs, and the potential for more offense, and hopefully, fewer dumb penalties. 6) What exactly has Pouliot done to the refs? I seriously am starting to believe he did it w/one of their sisters and they're out to get him for it. Two games in a row now he's called for marginal penalties in tight games w/time running out. Seriously--you could MAYBE see those calls as OK in a regular season contest--but in NO WAY do either of those calls make any sense in a playoff tie game w/time almost gone. Totally ridiculous and we can only hope it doesn't happen again in game 7. 7) I believe the Bruins will win Game 7. I don't have QUITE the same level of calm certainty as I did heading into Game 7 in Vancouver last year when i KNEW...and I mean absolutely 100% was ASSURED--that the Bruins would be the Stanley Cup Champs at the end of the night, but I do feel they have gotten over a serious hump winning this Game 6 I was totally prepared for them to lose. Feeling good--REALLY GOOD-- about Game 7 now. Go Bruins!
Posted by TryToBearIt[/QUOTE]
Agree on all points. Maybe that perfect pass from Lucic will be the thing that gets him going. He's been terrible, really. Done nothing. Chara has also had a down series for his level of play. Bad penalties, some bad passes, laspses, etc. Thomas to some degree, except for today when he made some biggies.
I'm a firm believer in that the first rounds are the most difficult, sometimes even more so than a Conf Finals matchup. I don't know what it is, but it's true. Once the good team gets past that 1st rd, they can get rolling. It may be tied to the idea that a lower seed feels like it has nothing to lose and plays real loose and easy. I don't know. But, Washington has given the B's all they can handle, that is for sure.
If you look back at the '88 and '90 Cup runs, or even in '91, I am pretty sure the B's 1st rd series were tough. Look at last year with Montreal.
I thought when Boston hit that post in OT, it was doomsday because that's usually bad luck. Great win, though.