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.
The Stanley Cup Finals made its first appearance of the series in Boston. It seems like it was just yesterday the Bruins were taking on Vancouver in the Cup Finals. This series has a much different feel to it than two years ago.
After the most memorable two games to start a Cup Finals, the Bruins took to the ice to try and grab the lead in the series and put a better control on their destiny.
Daniel Paille, the game two hero, picked up where he left off starting the scoring 2:15 into the second period.
Boston put home a second goal on the power play later in the period, when Jagr lazered a pass across the ice to a wide open Bergeron on the back door.
Tuukka Rask was phenomenal as he has been all postseason. Rask stopped all 28 shots the Blackhawks put on net. Rask has not given up a goal since 11:22 of the first period in game two.
June 17, aka 6-17, aka BOSTON. LET FUCKING GO B’S…Series Back in Boston Lets do this.
ESPN — Clearly in pain and hunched over, Horton skated to the bench, went directly to the dressing room and did not return.
On Thursday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Horton is listed as day-to-day.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that hopefully he’s back with us next game,” Julien said.
Horton hurt himself on this play, during the first overtime of Wednesday nights game.
Wouldn’t be a Cup finals if Nathan Horton didn’t leave with an injury. He did skate this morning at practice but it is still unclear if he will be in the line up for tomorrow nights game two.
Aside from the result, which I will get to shortly, what a hell of a hockey game to open this years Stanley Cup Finals. I mean a triple OT thriller after the Hawks came back from down two goals in the third period.
Speaking of that blown third period lead, welcome back to watching Bruins hockey. How many times did we see that all season long. This is not really the time we need to see those Bruins show up and start playing games again.
As for the loss, its one game and on the road. Remember the Bruins went down 0-2 two years again against Vancouver.
Despite the early PP goal by the B’s in the third, they were outshot 15-8 in the period by the Blackhawks.
In overtime the B’s were essentially playing down two forwards. Nathan Horton left with an injury, which still baffles me. How is it that Campbell and break his leg and stay on the ice and tough it out but Horton, playing patty cake in front of the net, has to rush right to the locker room. Call it a dislocated shoulder, they pop that shit right back in and he should be good to go.
And Daugavins. WTF. Guy, the puck is on your stick and a tip in away from glory and a game one win. WHYY WHY WHYYYYY are you pulling it to your back hand and going for a fancy goal.
Game two is Saturday night, make sure you are free from the hours of 8 PM thru 1 AM if you want to watch.
This years Stanley Cup Finals will consist of two original six teams, the first time this has happened since 1979 when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers. Currently these two teams have never met in a Stanley Cup Final.
Stanley Cup History:
Stanley Cup Champs – Six times
1928-29, 1938-39, 1940-41, 1969-70, 1971-72, 2010-11
Stanley Cup Champs – Four times
1933-34, 1937-38, 1960-61, 2009-10
This year by the numbers
28-14-6 (62 points) 131 GF, 109 GA
–4th in Eastern Conference
Power Play — 14.8% (26th overall)
Penalty Kill — 87.1% (4th overall)
Power Play — 15.6% (10 of 16)
Penalty Kill — 86.5% (6 of 16)
48 GF, 30 GA
36-7-5 (77 points) 155 GF, 102 GA
–1st in Western Conference
Power Play — 16.6% (19th overall)
Penalty Kill — 87.2% (3rd overall)
47 GF, 31 GA
Power Play — 13.7% (12 of 16)
Penalty Kill — 94.7% (1 of 16)