7:30 ET, Washington at Boston, Game 7 (NBC Sports Network) | Preview
There it is, the magical phrase in sports. Game 7. It doesn't get much better than that, now does it?
The first round is going to treat us hockey fans to three Game 7s this season, all in the Eastern Conference. Two of them will wait until Thursday but what better way to begin than with the defending Stanley Cup champion
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that means a whole lot, that the Bruins "know how to win" Game 7s. I've never played in a Game 7 and I know how to win them, too: score more goals than your opponent. What last year's success might do, though, is give the Bruins some extra confidence. That's one of the intangibles I can buy into, your confidence level can change the way you play.
But you want reasons for confidence? The
Or they can come in with a simple of attitude of just win, baby. As they always say, you can throw the numbers out the window for a Game 7.
"You hear about it and you recognize that, but it's not something where we'll say, 'Oh, we're gonna beat them because we've beat them before on their rink,'" Washington defenseman
What the Capitals have been doing to stay in this series has been playing a much more conservative style of hockey, trying to take care of their own end of the ice first. It's led to a lot of blocked shots and they have been keeping the Bruins to the outside for the most part, doing their best to bar Boston from the crease.
They have made
While I don't know about freshness, the Bruins will likely have
It's hard to remember, but it really is just another hockey game. It's one with a lot more significance to it, but it's just another hockey game.
"Ultimately, when you get out there on the ice to play, yes. You're trying to do what you've spent, well at my age, tens of thousands of hours practicing in doing," Thomas said. "So yes, ultimately. But having said that, everyone knows it's Game 7, it's do or die, it is different.
"It is its own unique beast."
It might be a beast, but hopefully a beauty, too.
- Marchand has been called a diver by a lot of fans this postseason. His thoughts about that? "They mean nothing." (CSN New England)
Roberto Luongosaid on Tuesday he'd waive his no-trade clause, and now there's also talk about moving Ryan Keslerout of Vancouver. (Vancouver Sun)
- So stash this in the no duh drawer;
Kingsowner says Darryl Sutter was the coach they "needed." (L.A. Times)
- Why yes, that is some CBA confidence you're hearing coming out of
- Well I'm sure this didn't feel very good for
Peter Harroldon Tuesday night. Ouch.