We need sixteen wins, it is just that simple. The Boston Bruins have not won 16 playoff games since 1972. Really, I don’t care how they get there, so long as do. Either take one game at a time, showing a proper amount of respect to your opponent and the pomp and circumstance of the Stanley Cup, or rally the base for 16 wins and nothing else. Why on Earth Jacobs focused on moving past the second round as a marker of success escapes most Bruins fans. Yes, indeed the sting of losing to the Philadelphia Flyers remains in epic proportion.
Last spring still remains with us and in the books. Citing getting past the second round as a goal is not acceptable from ownership this year or any other year. I seem to recall his desire for “a trophy, a big one”. Should the black and gold faithful be worried ? Has the owner lowered his bar? After all, Mr. Jacobs, there are no big trophies from which we may drink for just making past round two!
Tonight, the Big and Bad take to the ice for one of the most anticipated first round series in recent memory. A Boston-Montreal match up always rallies the base, in both cities. However, after the regular season series that played out over the last six months, the energy has reached a fever pitch.
Ask a Boston sports fan the biggest rivalry in town, and hands down it is Bruins Habs, even over the Red Sox Yankees. This rivalry has legs, no two NHL teams have more match ups; should we be worried about this history?
Does anyone remember that the first three games were all Montreal in the season series? Indeed when the Bruins blew the January 8, 2011 game in the final minutes, Montreal had a five-game winning streak over the Bruins and had won eight of the last nine since the start of last season.
More recent games have no doubt eased the Habs success against the Bruins amongst B’s fans, or at least given them hope that the momentum has changed.
Perhaps Boston fans have Max Pacioretty to thank for this pendulum swing. Yes, the games that have led to the fever pitch surrounding the series have their origins in his shenanigans. The Canadiens left winger asked Zdeno Chara to dance after the final buzzer in January. Then there was the barn burner in Boston.
Old time hockey was back in Beantown and it was the talk of the nation; or at least legions of puckheads across North America. Of course, the Bruins laid an egg in the next meeting, but that was overshadowed by Chara’s infamous attempted murder in Montreal.
The final match up complete with black and gold bleeders mocking Montreal fans with “Call 911” signs was all Bruins, all night long. As the season series came to a close the Bruins routed the Habs by a score of 7 0, quelling chatter, as they skated north south and dropped nary a glove to win the tilt handedly.
A new trophy for Campbell?
There has been a lot of chatter and concern regarding the players that have not had Stanley Cup playoff experience. They all are sporting the spoils of the shaving boycott. Gregory Campbell, and Nathan Horton, who came to Boston as part of the Dennis Wideman trade with Florida, have not skated playoff hockey in nearly eight years. However, when Campbell last did play in a playoff setting, he hoisted the Memorial Cup. He is perfect in his runs for cups! While many of these Bruins, including Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin, and Stephen Kampher to name a few, do not have NHL playoff experience, they all have played clutch games and shone is playoff series at lower levels of play.
While seasoned veterans such as Michael Ryder and Andrew Ferrence told the press that there is nothing like Stanley Cup playoff hockey, with all the pageantry surrounding it, and the fact that this is why they play hockey, the team as a whole is confident that once a few jitters settle and the hoopla surrounding the two teams subsides they are indeed ready for a run at the Cup.
Puck drops at 7
Tonight I ask you to start the count down, and hope that we all chant: Mr. Marc A. Rechhi will you please go home!