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Bruins do it their way

Posted on: May 10, 2009 10:56 pm

To borrow a concept from a guy pretty familiar to Bostonians, this was a case of the Bruins being the Bruins. And for the first time in this series too.

Whether that will be enough to make a difference against the Carolina Hurricanes remains to be seen. But at least the Bruins get to live another day after coming up with an enhanced performance in a must win situation and cutting their series deficit to 3-2.

Not that this convincing 4-0 win should really be a surprise to anyone. Boston was the best team in the East during the regular season, one point shy of winning the Presidents' Trophy with the league's best defense and second best offense, and it looked every bit the legitimate Stanley Cup contender during a first round sweep of Montreal.

But Boston came apart after a non-descript series opening win against the Hurricanes, losing the next three games without ever really being in any of them. Carolina overwhelmed the Bruins with speed and great goaltending from Cam Ward in those victories and clearly had Boston reeling and on the ropes.

Tonight though, the Hurricanes didn't pack enough of a punch to deliver knockout, mainly because Boston didn't let them. The Bruins got back to basics, which in their case meant playing a full 60 minutes and doing things like clearly their zone efficiently, moving their legs and using their size and strength to control the walls and get traffic to the front of the net. That's the way the Bruins, deep and balanced as they are, have to play to be successful, although it doesn't happen unless their best players lead the way.

This time they did.

Zdeno Chara, their 6-foot-9 tower on the blue line, was a force at both ends of the ice, playing more than 24 minutes, delivering five hits while shutting down Eric Staal and assisting on two goals. He even provided a nice bit of inspiration coming back after taking a vicious slash on the ankle from Jussi Jokinen that left him writhing in pain late in the second period.

Goalie Tim Thomas wasn't too shabby either, although he had to face only 19 shots to earn his first career playoff shutout. But the Vezina finalist came up big when he had to, particularly in the first period when Carolina had a chance to get back into the game on a power play soon after Boston opened the scoring. And Phil Kessel found the back of the net a couple of times on setups from Marc Savard, as the Bruins top two offensive players showed the kind of magic they didn't previously in this series.

Truth is those are the names that have to be in bold face for the Bruins to overcome what is still an uphill battle. The Hurricanes have yet to lose two in a row during these playoffs and they have been very good at home. But no one had more road wins this season than the Bruins, and now they have some momentum so they can't be counted out.

Especially when they are being themselves.
Category: NHL

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2009 12:17 pm

Bruins do it their way

I'll bet you're just praying for their demise. Cuz you know they will whip those Red Birds in a heart beat.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2009 6:07 pm

Bruins do it their way

Bye Bye B's, see you next year.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2009 12:28 pm

Bruins do it their way

For the first time since the Montreal series the Bruins looked like they had their legs under them. Carolina has out hussled the Bruins all series, and last night was a good sign, but they need to bring a lot more tomorrow if they want to force a game 7.

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 8:55 am

Bruins do it their way

Hockey IS the sports of Kings.

Canes better finish it off Tuesday because if not, they will get run out of the building come Thursday.

Series is all knotted up at 3-2. Got em where we want em.

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