Despite Game Seven Loss To Philadelphia, “It’s All Good” In Boston

May 15th, 2010 No Comments

No doubt about it, the Boston Bruins game seven and subsequent Eastern Conference Semi-Finals loss to the history making Philadelphia Flyers is both a shocker and a major source of depression for Bruins fans.

Not only did Bruins fans have to endure losing to one of their most hated rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers, they also allowed the Flyers to make NHL history as the Flyers win over the Bruins will likely go down as the biggest upset win, ever!

Up three games to none in the series, the Bruins completely choked, losing four games straight to a Flyers team that was running near empty and had to endure numerous injuries, including losing Brian Boucher in game five.

Needless to say, nobody could blame the odd Bruins fan if they woke up in Emergency with their wrists slashed, especially when you factor in that the Bruins may have lost the game based on a questionable, yet undeniable, too many men on the ice penalty.

For Bruins fans, the too many men penalty served as a hurtful reminder of the Bruins May 10th, 1979 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in which the Bruins took a too many men on the ice penalty in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

The similarities were eerily similar and, in both cases, the Bruins would lose the series.

As the saying goes, “S&it Happens” and, as such, life goes on for the Boston Bruins and their fans.

The good news is, despite the Bruins loss there is plenty to be excited about. For starters, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask established himself as a “money” goaltender, and, until the loss to the Flyers, was getting a lot of support for the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP.

Zdeno Chara, who struggled most of the season, seemed to find his game once the playoffs rolled around as well, as did Milan Lucic—who netted two goals in game seven and seemed to find his physical game against the Flyers.

Veteran forward Mark Recchi was also a solid performer for the Bruins, netting five goals (three of them power play markers) and ten points in the playoffs. Recchi’s strong leadership and clutch goals may very well earn him another shot with the Bruins next season, something that was in doubt prior to the Playoffs.

Defenseman Johnny Boychuck looked good, as did forwards Miro Satan (who netted three game winning goals) and Patrice Bergeron (who managed 37 shots). The biggest surprise had to be the strong play of defenseman Dennis Wideman, who led the Bruins in playoff scoring with 12 points.

Put it all together and you have a team that, with a little tweaking, should compete for a Stanley Cup for another five to ten years, if not longer. Clearly, the building blocks are already in place and there is plenty to come as well.

The Bruins are blessed with the second overall pick (thank you Toronto Maple Leafs) in this years NHL Entry Draft, a pick that should see the Bruins land either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin—two blue-chip scoring prospects.

Also in the fold are prospects like forwards Joel Colbourne, Brad Marchand, Jordan Caron and Zach Hamill, defensemen such as Yuri Alexandrov and Tommy Cross and others.

Further, the Bruins will have their own first round pick in this years draft as well as two first rounders in next years NHL Entry Draft (including Toronto’s pick).

With so much young talent already stepping up and a pile of talented players on the way up and about to be drafted, the Bruins are in fine form and, by all accounts, will be back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, bigger, more skilled and deeper in talent than ever.

Keep yer chins up Bruins fans, by the looks of things, the Bruins best hockey is yet to come…

Until next time,

Peace!

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