June 15, 2011
Firstly, I hope that nobody went with my drinking game I posted before last game. After the Bruins scored their 4th goal in 4 minutes i immediately thought of my latest post and figured someone might be dead after playing the drinking game.
When I first started writing about hockey I never thought I'd make so many game 7 posts. In that aspect I've been very fortunate as the Bruins have been competitive enough to make it to these do or die games. Now as we reach the finals I really don't know what to think. I'm excited for game 7 but not really nervous. The Bruins in my mind are free rolling. This year they've answered the bell so many times beating their biggest rivals on the way to the cup that I'm pretty much emotionally drained hockey wise.
I know that sounds like emotionally hedging but the fact is I’ll still be extremely disappointed if the Bruins lose. The Bruins have had an opportunity to steal all 3 games in Vancouver and have lost them all. If they had lost to Tampa I’d be upset but not crushed. Tampa was actually a pretty likeable team, Vancouver on the other hand not so much.
They’re constantly diving, trying to get under the skin of their opponents when there’s no need to. They’re a very skilled team who doesn’t have to resort to those tactics and yet they do. The Sedin’s go down at the drop of a hat on the first touch after the whistle. Lapierre putting his fingers in Bergeron’s face was a joke after Burrows bit him in game 1 was ridiculous. They run their mouths constantly to the media and are just a very arrogant bunch.
Boston also has its flaws. They’re perceived by their fans as a blue collar team but they pretty consistently venture over into that grey area between physical and dirty. However one thing that’s great about rooting for them is they won’t be pushed around. If Marchand was a Canuck and hit a Bruin like he hit Sedin the face 5 or 6 times like he did in Game 6 the gloves would’ve been dropped. Also most of his teammates would’ve come over and said something. As a fan of the Bruins it's easy to cheer on.
The fact is that this Bruins run couldn’t have come at a better time for me. It started right as black Friday hit and has been a welcome distraction over the past couple months. Every couple of days I’ve been able to dive into a hockey game, win or lose its been awesome. I’ve learned from watching hockey for most of my life and seeing the last few Bruins playoffs failures that it isn’t easy to get to the Stanley Cup.
If the Bruins get the first one I think they’ll be alright. Luongo is one of the weakest mentally athletes I’ve ever seen. He seems to be very shaky after a few things go wrong and he’s not in the lead. He’ll have a short leash tomorrow but if the Bruins can get one early I’d expect another to follow.
I really have no good way to end this blog so I’ll say go Bruins and give you a few CBC intros. They really put all of the NBC/Versus teasers to shame.
"It takes 4 wins, 4 times to get your name on that beautiful trophy" - Bob Cole