Found April 20, 2012 on Boston's Bettah:

The Bruins didn't do nearly enough to win Game 4 tonight in Washington

The thoughts I thought while deciding never to attend Glory Day’s Grill and Sportsbar to watch a Bruins playoff game ever again.

  • To compare tonight’s game to any of the other games in the series, the best comparison would be Game 1. That’s not a good thing. Both teams didn’t bring their “A” game today. Neither team really brought the energy or intensity that was needed to win a hockey game, but one team made one more key mistake and they lost the game. The key mistake in this one ended up being the turnover right in the start of the game which lead to the Capitals first goal.
  • Hand it to the kid. Braden Holtby played pretty damn well tonight. Would it have been better if the Boston Bruins put better shots on goal? Of course! It seemed as if many of the shots came from the same spots and were right at the kid for fairly easy saves, but the kid still made 44 saves and that is still a lot of saves no matter how easy we perceive some of the shots to be.
  • Of all the Bruins players that stood out to me tonight, the player I most noticed was Tyler Seguin. Maybe it has something to do with how poor he played through Games 1-3, but tonight Seguin finally took matters a little bit into his own hand. He entered the zone with speed and enthusiasm, he put pucks on net, and he even got involved in the corners a little bit. It wasn’t an awesome performance by any means, but it stood out. That should really tell you a lot about this game.
  • It’s a shame the Bruins played as poorly as they did tonight because they could have effectively shut the door on the Caps. Like I said earlier, there was no intensity and the Bruins didn’t really look to me like they wanted to be there. I don’t understand this. If they came out and forced themselves on the Capitals and won this game like I and they know they can do, this series was over.
  • Okay, Alexander Semin is a giant ***** and I hate the way he plays hockey and the stupid Russian Capitals jerseys, but that goal he had was a ******’ piss-rocket.

Questions

  • Did the NHL step in and say something to these two teams? After Games 2 and 3 started entering the chippy territory, there was a lot of talk about the direction of this series and whether or not it was about to get more physical or players were going to start taking runs at each other. I personally expected Lucic and Chimera to throw down followed by a ton of physical play in front of the nets with matching minors all around. It never materialized. It’s like the league gave each team a stern warning not to try something in this game or else the Shannaban was going to come down. It’s a shame really. The NHL playoffs are about physical play and settling things on the ice instead of letting them boil over, which in reality is what these teams did in Game 3. Instead of a line-brawl starting, the Bruins got pissed off that the Capitals were “poking the bear” and scurrying behind the refs. When that happened the Bruins forced the issue and tried to get in their faces about it which apparently as we learned is a big no-no. Because you know, god forbid you don’t let the players take their anger out a little bit and we avoid what happened in Game 3 of the Pens-Flyers series.
  • Are the Capitals one of the scariest break out teams in hockey? The second that puck got past Andrew Ference in the first period (and was interfered with by Alex Ovechkin, but I won’t mention that) the Capitals got a 2 on 1 break and the chances were damn good that they were scoring. They may be a soft hockey team, but they do have a lot of skill. When they get into that spot, the goal is almost as good as scored. I think the scarier part is that Timmy almost made the save.
  • What Bruins team will show up for Game 5? By my unofficial boxing style calculations, the Bruins won the first period tonight and then were outplayed the rest of the game, mostly because they decided to stop being physical. Where was the Kelly line and their fantastic play from the first 3 games of the season? Where was Brad Marchand being pesty and pissing off half the population of the DMV? What happened to the physical play of Dennis Seidenberg? It wasn’t angering tonight. More disappointing than anything. This was a huge chance for the Bruins and by taking a night off they let the Capitals back into the series. It’s a shame now that this series has to go back to Washington because it could have honestly ended this coming Saturday. Now? Saturday is a must win, but I guess that’s obvious in a 2-2 series.
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