Monday, April 21, 2008

Will The Bruins Complete The Upset?

"It just makes it easier when you’re looking at the guy next to you and you know he’s going to give everything he has, it makes it easier to give everything you have as a team." --Tim Thomas (Bruins Goaltender)

I have always had a soft spot for the Boston Bruins. I have an even bigger soft spot for the underdog in sports. The Bruins went into this series as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Canadiens the 1st seed and one of the best teams in the entire NHL all season long. The Canadiens won the season series against the Bruins 8-0. EIGHT games they lost to the Canadiens and they were now expected to win 4 in a playoff series against them?

Montreal won the first 2 games at home and it seemed like all hope was lost for the Bruins. The Bruins found life however in game 3 at home and won that game in overtime. But any hope quickly faded for Bruins fans when they lost game 4 at home by a score of 1-0. They were headed back to Montreal for a game 5. No one gave them a chance to win that game in Montreal but they did. They came back to Boston down 3 games to 2 with a chance to win one at home and force a game 7. What a game it was. 6 goals were scored in the third period. 4 by the Bruins and 2 by the Canadiens. One team would score and the other would answer right back. It was insane. Boston took the lead with just under 3 minutes to go and this time they held the lead and sent the Garden into delirium at the final buzzer.
The Montreal Canadiens thought they had this series in the bag. They underestimated the Bruins. The Bruins were kicked down over and over, but they kept getting up. And to the surprise of the Canadiens, they just wouldn't go away.

And so now it all comes down to 1 game. Whatever happened before this doesn't matter. This is it. Every man on both rosters needs to play the game of his life tonight. Perhaps all the pressure lies with the Canadiens. After all, they are the team that blew a 3-1 lead. They are the ones with the rookie goaltender that will be expected to put his team on his shoulders tonight and carry them through to victory. They are the ones on the verge of letting it all slip away. The Bruins on the other hand weren't even supposed to be in this game tonight. The Bruins according to many should have been swept away in 4 games by this high powered Montreal team. Everyone said the Bruins couldn't compete and but they have proved everyone wrong. And now they have a chance to make franchise history. But if the Bruins lose tonight they won't have to hang their heads. They have already performed well above expectations in this series. They should be proud of what they have done thus far. Montreal on the other hand has everything to lose tonight and they should be ashamed if they let Boston come into their building and take away their dream of the Stanley Cup.

Face off is at 7pm ET tonight. Who will it be? Boston or Montreal? Tune in to find out, could be a fun night.

Game 7. For some it’s what dreams are made of, while for others it can be a nightmare. Either way, one team will wake up in the second round tomorrow morning and the other will be left wondering what might have been.

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