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The Boston Bruins have a chance to essentially end their first round series tonight
Leaving the Verizon Center after game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals a year ago, the thing I kept saying to myself was that the Boston Bruins were going to have an opportunity to essentially end the series. After splitting the first two games of the series in Boston, the Bruins went into Washington and outplayed Washington to take a 2-1 series lead. Winning game 4 and going back to Boston up 3-1 would have been the finishing blow to an overachieving Washington hockey club.
In game 4, the Boston Bruins came out flat with an intensity that screamed of a regular season game. In reality, it was no surprise that they lost that game considering how they played. What was surprising was the fact that the Boston Bruins came out flat again, at home, in game 5 and were forced to fight back for the rest of the series in order to try and win the series. They didn’t do that, losing in Game 7 at home.
This is important because the Boston Bruins, one year later, see themselves in a similar situation. Having played their best game of the series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night, the Boston Bruins see themselves in an opportunity to essentially end the series. Game 3, much like last year, was their best game of the series, a game where the Boston Bruins looked like a real good candidate to hoist the Stanley Cup at some point in June. Maybe the Leafs aren’t the best playoff team out there, but the way the Boston Bruins played, it is hard to imagine any team beating a Bruins’ team playing like that.
Winning game 4 in Toronto would push the Maple Leafs to the brink with a “Dead Man Walking” flight back to Boston awaiting them. It was the exact same situation that the Boston Bruins had last year, and they failed to do it.
Tonight, the Bruins’ have a chance to right the wrongs of last year. Win game 4 and put this series, essentially to bed. With the problems that the other top teams in the Eastern Conference are facing, ending this series now can only be beneficial to the Bruins in the long run.
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
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EVERY MIDDLE FINGER IN TORONTO IS POINTED AT KREJCI AND WE LOVE IT!
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