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B's doing it the hard way

Posted on: May 3, 2010 10:57 pm
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There are times when you can tempt fate and can get away with it.

The real question is for how long, although at the moment that doesn’t seem to concern the Boston Bruins very much. And maybe it shouldn’t since the Bruins found a way to do it again and still come out with a 3-2 victory over the Flyers that sends them back to Philadelphia leading their series 2-0.

Certainly the Bruins did plenty of good things in their latest victory that came behind another credible effort by goalie Tuukka Rask. They were physical when they had to be, dominant in the faceoff circle and their penalty killing unit shut down what has been one of the top power plays in this post season. And equally important, the Bruins seemed to have discovered a chink in the armor of Flyers goalie Brian Boucher with quick release shots that resulted in all their goals.

Even so, the Bruins made it tougher on themselves than it probably had to be. Then again, that’s been their way of doing things in a season when they have been tempting fate all along.

The Bruins came into with very high expectations, understandably so because they were coming off a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference with the league’s second best offense and had the Vezina and Norris winners in their lineup.  But the Bruins let their best goal scorer go and didn’t replace him, their star goalie Tim Thomas fizzled and lost his job to a rookie, while Zdeno Chara didn’t quite match his performance along the blue line.

It all added up to a season that seemed destined for disaster, one that forced a presumed Stanley Cup contender  to go down to the final week to secure a playoff spot. And just barely at that.

Yet despite those self-inflicted challenges however, the Bruins are changing their outlook. They found an extra gear in the opening round to upset the Buffalo Sabres. That gave them home ice advantage and the favorite status against the Flyers, who were really just as much of an upstart as they were. And the Bruins made the most of it in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinal with a quick start that had them in control of things. That is until they let a two-goal lead slip away in the third period.

Ultimately Boston won in overtime. But rather than riding that momentum in Game 2, the Bruins had a slow start that could have been disastrous had the Flyers shown better finishing prowess.  As a result, the Bruins found a way to take the lead when Johnny Boychuk scored on a quick shot after Patrice Bergeron won a faceoff deep in the Flyers zone, and then gave it away thanks to some sloppy play in their own end when Mike Richards came out of the corner unchallenged and scored with less than three minutes remaining.

That could have been a game changer much like the goal Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere scored in the final minute of the second period after Miroslav Satan, the unwanted castoff Boston signed in desperation in January, reclaimed the lead for the Bruins. Fortunately for the Bruins, it turned out to be a wakeup call. They tightened up in the third period and made the goal Milan Lucic scored midway stand up, though not without leaving the door open for the Flyers in the dying seconds.

Philadelphia pulled Boucher and lost the puck, but Daniel Paille couldn’t put it into an empty net and then Chara iced it, giving Philadelphia a last shot at getting even. The Flyers even won a rare draw on the ensuing play. But with fate apparently on Boston’s side, it didn’t matter.
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Category: NHL
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Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:15 pm
 

B's doing it the hard way

Uh oh!!! I see a Bruins choke in the making! Hard to see them mustering a Game 5??? How about a game 6, and most likely a game 7!



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2010 4:34 am
 

B's doing it the hard way

Uh...it's hard to be real bitter about something that happened before I was born.

Whining?  Responding to a whine ("he bit me") with reality is only whining if you admit the original comment it was responding to was a whine.  I have no problem with physical play.  But dirty play is something completely different, and is basically a tacit admission that your team is not skilled enough to win playing straight up.

Bruins up 3-0 even after playing in Philadelphia in a game the Flyers absilutely had to have.  Flyers definitely outhustled the Bruins tonight, but it is hard to see them mustering enough effort to force a Game 5 on the road.

And what's that?  Another pathetic anti-Bruind blog post by Goldstein?  What a big surprise.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2010 7:25 am
 

B's doing it the hard way

Hey Whitestar, if he is "recovering" from brain trauma, maybe he shouldn't be out there!!! It is hockey, it is physical, get used to it!
Charra and Lucic play a physical game too, and I am OK with it...STOP WHINING!
Sounds like you are still bitter from 1974 when we kicked your A$$ES on the ice and on the scoreboard!!!



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2010 3:41 am
 

B's doing it the hard way

Boucher has proven in games 1 & 2 to mostly be the Boucher of historical times, not the Boucher of round 1 against the Devils I disagree pretty strongly with that.  If you watch the extended highlights for games 1 and 2, he is the only reason those games were not complete blowouts.  He was absolutely standing on his head in both games as Boston got a LOT of very good scoring chances in both games.  Did he get beat a few times but quick shots before he got set?  Sure.  But even some of those were wobblers that were redirects.  He has actually been quite good in this series.

And any fan that defends Carcillo is either an idiot or so blinded by team loyalty that they sound like one.  Carcillo is rated lower than goons like Avery and Cooke in today's game.  I would be embarassed to have him on my team even if her were wearing our colors.  I certainly wouldn't be loudly defending his behavior.  Smacking the goalie glove to test how well the puck is in there is not the same as suckerpunching and then continuing to punch in the head a player recovering from serious brain trauma.  He was deliberately trying to use a common, danger-free situation to disable and permanently injure a skill player on the other team.  This has been the Flyers' MO for 50 years - if you can't beat them straight up, try to injure their best players.  But Carcillo should be more careful.  The Bruins and Savard have an up-and-down relationship, but Carcillo will eventually pull that crap on a player that enough drunk hometown fans care enough about that they will be waiting for him outside the arena after the game.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2010 5:24 pm
 

B's doing it the hard way

Come on man!!! Your saying that the bruins are lucky? Are you serious if the bruins are lucky the montreal has a horse shoe stuck up their ass!!!! The bruins have talent. They didnt click in the regualr season to much, but in the playoffs they are the team that everyone thought they were going to be in the begining of the season. so saying the bruins are lucky just means you have no idea what the hell your talking about!!!!!!!!



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2010 5:11 pm
 

B's doing it the hard way

Thank God we have earned the Boston Fan's respect. Like we really give a Rat's Ass what Bruin fans think. We are trying to beat the crap out of you (as you are to us), and move on to the next round. Stop whining about Carcillo. After the whistle stuff happens with every team. I dont hear you whining about Charro putting Briere on his ass way after the whistle was blown.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2010 3:24 pm
 

B's doing it the hard way

The slash was as the whistle blew.  He said he wasn't sure if the puck was loose.  That said, it deseved a penalty.  But Carcillo should have gotten 2 for the cross check and at least 2 more for the 3 punches he threw in the corner.  The refs missed that one, big time.  One could argue that the refs have been "keeping it close" every time the B's get ahead.  But after winning both games, the B's fans are less vocal about it.  

As for your prediction...it may go 6 or 7.  But Boucher has proven in games 1 & 2 to mostly be the Boucher of historical times, not the Boucher of round 1 against the Devils.  I don't see the Flyers winning the series (didn't before it started).  Although they have played a hard fought 2 games and have earned the respect of Bruins fans in most parts.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2010 1:11 pm
 

B's doing it the hard way

Objectivity and your saying that Carcillo was trying to pull that dumbasses teeth out. Come on now be real. Your mans a biter its alright so is Hartnel. (Actually that kinda sucks you guys now have a hartnel i feel sorry for you). Its called a facewash theres 100 of them every game just this time a fingure got to close to the mouth. And yes it should have been a penalty on arcillo for mugging but if that would have been called im pretty sure he would of attcked again.



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:44 pm
 

B's doing it the hard way

What about that pu$$y coming back from a grade 2 concussion slashing at Boucher's glove with the puck in it and the whistle blown!!! Carcillo defended his goalie just like he should have!
It is called physical play, they are not cheap shots for the most part...he is throwing no more than Lucic is on the Flyers!
It has been a good series so far, and I think that it will continue to be so in Philly, and will go 6 or 7 games in the end.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2010 12:20 pm
 

B's doing it the hard way

OK, I admit a certain degree of exaggeration there.  But scoring 17 goals in 6 games against Miller is like scoring 170 against just about anyone else.  (Has there ever been a goaltending duel like that series?  Ever?  That was just awesome to watch.)

And as for "domination" I meant in terms of energy and effort.  I think Boston dramatically outhustled Buffalo in the entire series except for the 4-1 Sabres victory, during which the Bruins looked like their regular-season incarnation, as if they were surprised to be up in the series at that point.  No slight at all intended to the Sabres.  It's just that Boston fans were pleased to see the return of last year's team after a long season of wondering where the H they disappeared to, and who were these jokers who replaced them?


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