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'Canes cramping Bruins' style

Posted on: May 9, 2009 12:27 am
Edited on: May 9, 2009 12:54 am

You can sum up why the Boston Bruins season is about to come to a crashing end with a single digit. Four.

It's the number of shots the Bruins managed in the first period of tonight's 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, and it tells you all you need to know about how badly they have fallen apart in this Eastern Conference semifinal.

Four shots in the first period is not the way a team that finished first in the conference is supposed to rebound after losing an overtime game their own coach said they had no business extending that far. Four shots means there is no fire. Four shots means there's no drive. Four shots means there's no way you'll get anything done against a goalie as hot as Cam Ward has been for the Hurricanes. Four shots means you really aren't willling.

Then again, maybe four shots means the Bruins just aren't able because they escaped that embarrassing opening period down by just a goal and it still didn't matter. The Bruins look completely dazed and confused right now and nothing like the team that had a brilliant regular season and came into the playoffs with the kind of lineup depth and balance that made it look like a serious Stanley Cup contender.

Boston reinforced that notion by overwhelming Montreal in a first round sweep. But the Bruins took that series personally. They always do against Montreal and it drives them. Against the Hurricanes, well, as far as Boston is concerned, there's no history, no animosity and as a result, no intensity.

It's been obvious since the second game of this series and it's the biggest reason Carolina has been in complete control since then. Boston tried to create some hate tonight, but all that did was create a parade to the penalty box and lead to a couple of Carolina power play goals.

Still, the real problem for the Bruins in this series has been their inability to deal with the Hurricanes tremendous attacking speed and offensive zone pressure. And Norris Trophy finalist Zdeno Chara's inabilty to stall Carolina star Eric Staal hasn't helped either.

Staal has had a stud series, and so has Ward, Sergei Samsonov and the player who might be the best mid season acquisition anyone made, Jussi Jokinen. Can you think of anyone on Boston that has come close to mathcing any one of them? Didn't think so.

Then again, maybe we shouldn't be all that surprised. Carolina has been something of a forgotten team since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, in large part because a spate of key injuries kept them from making the playoffs in the two subsequent seasons. The Hurricanes needed a great finish to get there this season, but it's hard not to think of them as a team of destiny these days.

If you didn't get that impression when they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring twice in the final 80 seconds of Game 7 in the first round against New Jersey, you should now that Carolina has taken a 3-1 series stranglehold against Boston.

It's not a fluke. The Hurricanes are a very good team, playing very hockey and they could very well make a lot of noise before these playoffs are over.
Category: NHL

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2009 8:03 pm

'Canes cramping Bruins' style

I do enjoy watching Staal dismantle the big bad Bruins.

Did you enjoy watching the big bad Bruins dismantle the Canadiens last round?

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2009 4:31 pm
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Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2009 4:10 pm

'Canes cramping Bruins' style

Total shame that Versus can't get it together to show all games or share coverage with another network - we all deserve to see as much hockey as possible and the games we want to see. But "Cindy-Ovechkin matchup" comment makes you sound like a homer with no understanding of the game of hockey. Sid the Kid is the best all-around hockey player in the world and Ovechkin (much as I hate him) is the scariest coming into the offensive zone with speed because of his incredible scoring talent. I would prefer to add comments about Eric Staal's amazing performance thus far but can't find it in me to feed into the homer mentality. Looking forward to a Pens-Canes conference final and hoping that the Pens can solve the 'Canes because they couldn't in the regular season. Enjoy!!

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2009 2:26 pm

'Canes cramping Bruins' style

Big, the question is do the Bruins have the heart to make it back. or did that OT win and the Third period from last night take it out of them?

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2009 2:13 pm

'Canes cramping Bruins' style

if the red sox could come back and win the series against the yankees in 2004, so can the bruins. that was even more improbable then the bruins coming back. Dont count them out cause when it comes to boston sports teams they never give up till its all over.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2009 2:08 pm

'Canes cramping Bruins' style

QToo bad you dont live in Canada! We get to watch both all the time.  However, myself anyways, thinks the pens-caps series is more interesting.   Although I do enjoy watching Staal dismantle the big bad Bruins.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2009 10:45 am

'Canes cramping Bruins' style

Medman - Hopefully, the Canes and Red wings will meet again in the finals.  But I don't think either team will kick the snot out of either team.  It would be a hard fought game.  Both teams play a similar style and right now the Hurricanes are on fire and the Red Wings are the defending champions which should make for a great series. 

It would be fun Cam Ward against the fire power of the Wings and the Detroit defense against the speed and forecheck of the Hurricanes.  Last time we met, it took a 3 overtime loss for the Wings to take the wind out of the sails agaist a Canes team that had a lot less talent then this team. 

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2009 10:36 am

'Canes cramping Bruins' style

HockeyNot soccer..not going to ball Cinderella,
I was just replying to the comment that no team could have withstood that kind of pressure.  Excuse me for having team pride for the Red Wings, while giving factual examples.  I for one hope the the Blackhawks make it to the semis so that the Wings can kick the snot out of them and then do the same to Carolina in the Finals.  "Dollar Bill" Wirtz passes away and now Chicago fans can finally watch home games on TV.  You people in Chicago are something else.  Who made you, Hockey not Soccer, hockey message board Nazi......"You a Red Wing soup for you, now get in the back of the line" .  LOL!!!!!.  Go Red Wings!!!

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2009 10:15 am

'Canes cramping Bruins' style

Wes you could have titled the thread 'Canes Cramping National Media's Style too.  I think it's amazing the Hurricane vs Devils didn't get any national airplay and now the Bruins vs Canes only get 2 national games both in Boston.  Even CBS has fallen to the National Media.  First out of 4 games I think CBS has had one glogger at the game.  Second, Wes, even you ignored the 'Canes overtime win over the 'B's on Wednesday night. 

Well, if we make the Eastern Conference finals (which looks very good right now) The natioanl media will have to pay some attention to us.  Of course it will be either Ovechkin or Crosby that will get the head lines, which ever teams makes it to the finals.  Even if the Canes win it will come down to Crosby or Ovechkin didn't do this or that .  I guess the only thing we can do is win another Stanley Cup and let the media talk about how lucky this team was and that someone got injuried and that's the reason they didn't beat us. 

Glad you could at least take the time to comment on this game Wes, Maybe you'll throw a few other kind words our way before it is all over.  WinkSurprisedLaughing

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 9, 2009 10:00 am

Once again it's all about the Red Wings

Detroit fans are getting as annoying as Rangers fans.  Is there a conspiracy somewhere on a Wings fan website to go out and post something about the Red Wings on every thread that isn't about them?

There's a reason nobody like Detroit.

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