The Bruins and Hawks will face off for game four tonight at 8 PM from TD Garden. For the Bruins this game is just as important as the previous game. Boston has a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the Cup finals.
Unchartered water for the Bruins, last Cup series the B’s were in a battle down 0-2, 3-2 until they finally prevailed in game seven on the road.
A win tonight for the B’s would give them a chance to finish the season Saturday night in Chicago but with a loss the possibility of winning the Cup on Garden ice in game 6.
The Bruins have been playing the same style of play since game 7 of the Toronto series. I’d say, the big question with tonight’s game is which Blackhawks team shows up and how will they handle the Bruins.
Since game 5 in the Conference Semi-Finals, cool hand Tuuk has made 162 of 165 saves. Cindy Crosby and Evgeni Malkin both posted donuts in the point column over the four games of the series. The lone goal scored in game four, deflected off of none other than Jarome Iginla’s stick thus eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins and sending the Bruins to their second Stanley Cup appearance in three years.
Just amazing how a team, who was literally minutes away from elimination and a total rebuild of a franchise, makes one of the greatest one period come backs in playoff history and then strings off eight wins in nine games earning another chance to raise the greatest trophy in all of sports.
The B’s did what they needed to do in game three, got business done and took the lead back in the series. Tonight’s tilt is just as important.
The B’s took control of the series but Toronto was flying around for the entire third period of Monday nights game and that is the Leafs squad the B’s should expect to see right out of the gate tonight.
Toronto has no room for error, clearly it is not a must win situation but it kind of is at the same time. If the Leafs go back to Boston down 3-1 in the series, some could say it is pretty much all over. But if the Leafs even up the series tonight, they gain home ice back and depending on how the game plays out the momentum could shift dramatically.
Rask will be one of the biggest challenge for the Leafs to solve. He is coming off a post-season career best in saves for a game and has been arguably the best player on the ice for the B’s the entire series.
According to NESN the line-up stays the same for the B’s in game 4:
Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Nathan Horton
Tyler Seguin — Patrice Bergeron — Brad Marchand
Rich Peverley — Chris Kelly — Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara — Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference — Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden — Johnny Boychuk
The Islanders carried the play early in the game on Friday night but it was the Bruins who hung around and made big plays when it mattered late in the tilt giving them a 4-2 win at TD Garden.
Although the Bruins were on the scoreboard first, the Islanders made their presence know during the first two periods. Shawn Thornton (1) put home a rebound from a Dougie Hamilton shot from the point.
It didn’t take long for the fisticuffs to begin flying. Just under six minutes into the game Milan Lucic and Matt Carkner squared off…take it away Jack.
..AND DOWN GOES CARKNER!!! How many Red Bulls do you think Jack has before a game??
The Islanders tied the game before the periods end. Journeyman Keith Aucoin scored just past the half way point of the period.
Aucoin tallied his second goal of the game 9:50 into the second period during a dominant run by the Islanders. The Isles came out in the second and outshot the Bruins 9-2 to start the period. With 6:17 left in the period Campbell (1) was gifted a puck in front of the net and beat DiPietro to send the game 2-2 into the third period.
Boston took control in the third. Chara (1) scored on a rip from the point and Bergeron (1) got sent on a brekaway by a beautiful pass from “teach me how to Dougie” Hamilton to put the dagger in the Isles.
The B’s will have the weekend off and travel to Carolina on Sunday for a Monday night tilt against the Hurricanes. A team who took control of the Bruins last season beating them in all four meetings during the season.
Its a good thing I have a day job, and I was there working until 7 p.m. last night. Because I was so tired when I got home that I did not have a lot of energy to invest into the game, if I had the energy, oh boy, I might have broken my TV.
44 shots on goal and only one goal to show for it. Not to mention the brilliant coach decides last night is as good of night as any to change the roster around because the team hasn’t been scoring..in his system that preaches defense!!!
The Caps hopped on the board first and quickly. It took Washington just 1:22 into the first period when Marcus Johansson beat Thomas during a 2-on-1 which was executed to perfection. The Caps goal came on their first shot of the game.
Boston took control immediately after the Capitals goal. The Bruins went on a 10 consecutive shot streak and in that span tied the game. Rich Peverley (2) walked-in from the right side half-wall and beat Holtby to the high short side.
The Bruins got the second period started to another hot start. They outshot the Caps 10-2 to start the period. But during Johnny Boychuk penalty the Caps fired-off 5 shots of their own and outshot the Bruins 12-6 to end the period. Both goaltenders stood on their heads in the second, as the shots for the period were 18-15 in favor of Boston.
The Caps were able to draw blood in the second period. Bergeron got sent to the box on a questionable call for hooking. Bergeron went to lift the stick Liach and it came flying out of his hand, very easily, and sold the call. Semin rifled a wrist-shot on Thomas and beat him high glove side to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room after two.
No scoring in the third period, instead we got to watch the Bruins barely tread water as a shark was looming below them waiting for the kill. Its a matter of time before the drown.
Don’t worry the Bruins dominated, outshooting the Caps 13-3 and Hunter pretty much benched Semin and Ovechkin. Yet, we still couldn’t score a f’in goal.
Game 5 is Saturday at 3 p.m. And we all know how great they B’s are in afternoon games.
While, Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference were busy getting close during their few days off in D.C. the team did still prepare for a hockey game.
It is a game people have been glad came a few days after game 3. How will each team react, Backstrom suspended, Alzner taunting Lucic. There are so many story lines heading into game 4.
NESN has the line-ups:
Projected Bruins lines
Milan Lucic-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Brad Marchand-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Brian Rolston
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Greg Zanon-Joe Corvo
Scratches: Adam McQuaid (upper body), Nathan Horton (concussion), Tuukka Rask (groin), Mike Mottau, Jordan Caron
Projected Capitals lines
Alex Ovechkin-Brooks Laich-Marcus Johansson
Jason Chimera- Mathieu Perreault-Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks-Jay Beagle-Troy Brouwer
Mike Knuble-Keith Aucoin-Joel Ward
Karl Alzner-John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik-Mike Green
John Erskine-Dennis Wideman
Scratches: Nicklas Backstrom (suspension), Jeff Halpern, Jeff Schultz, Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Vokoun (groin), Michal Neuvirth (leg)
Just before game four began, I thought back to what I did for game three. I pulled my clothes that smelled like camp fire out of the hamper, went outside, lit-up another fire, set-up the TV and let superstition set-in. I posted-up in the same chair where I watched game three, hoping for the same result in game four.
Well, if it weren’t for the severe thunderstorm warnings in the area I would have stayed outside for the entire game. I was able to watch the first two periods outside as lightning lit-up the night sky and as the thunder rumbled closer to the house I finally had to move inside. Although I had every intension of sitting outside in the rain (risking getting struck by lightning) if the B’s gave up a goal during the third period.
Thankfully they managed to preserve the shutout.
After the emotional rally around teammate Nathan Horton in game three the Boston Bruins came out in game four and continued the physical play, as the Bruins rolled to a 4-0 win.
It all began on a chip-pass to Rich Peverley (3) who put one through the wickets on Roberto Luongo giving the B’s the lead and there was no turning back.
Goals from Ryder (7), Marshand (8) and a second by Peverley (4) completed the Bruins victory.
Tim Thomas continued his stellar play, posting his third shutout of this playoff season and improving his postseason sv% to a cool .936. His shutout was the first Bruins shutout in the Cup Finals since gerry Cheevers back on May 18, 1978
Most impressive part of the Bruins play in this Stanley Cup Finals, is the goal differential. Yes the series is tied 2-2 but the B’s have outscored the Canucks 14-5 in the first four games of the series. Going into the series all people talked about was how Vancouver was a high-powered offense that can take control of a game at anytime. Well, through four games I don’t think its that outrageous to think the B’s could have won all four games.
The B’s need to stay physical for the rest of the series. They have the Canucks on the ropes. The twins Mary-kate and Ashley Sedin, along with the rest of the Canucks, are terrified. You have their coach along with the players saying the hit on Horton in game three was clean. They want nothing to do with the Big Bad Bruins.
Game five is Friday night in Vancouver, I’ll have the same clothes on and another fire rip-roaring for the game. I just gotta hope the B’s can keep up the same kind of play.
It wouldn’t be a postseason if the Bruins didn’t blow a 3-0 lead at some point in the series.
So I’m at work today listening to the game on the radio. Thank God I didn’t have to see it on TV. Yes, it may shock some of you I have a job. Surprisingly, free blogging about the Bruins doesn’t really create an income.
I got the game blaring out of the truck during work, disrupting everyone, listening to Dave Goucher (on the Sports Hub) yell, Bergeron (3) scores, Ryder (5) scores, Bergeron (4) scores shorthanded and the Bruins take a 3-0 lead. It was at that point I should have realized, it was comfort/cruise control time for the B’s. Because, obviously, every 3-0 lead a team has in the playoffs is untouchable.
B’s are up 3-0 end of the first, at the same time my boss tells me were done working for the day life can’t be any better. Well, I leave the truck for all of 3:15 (of game play) which is all it took for Tampa to tie the game in the second period.
Now I’m pissed.
We got back to the shop, with enough time for me to book it home and see the third period. I didn’t really have a good feeling so instead I listened to the rest of Tampa’s comeback on the radio while pounding brew’s at the shop.
There goes home ice. A perfect chance to go back to Boston with a 3-1 lead for game five squandered.
Game five is Monday at 8 p.m.