The Boston Bruins are entering Game 7 in the second round of the 2009 NHL Playoffs tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Boston has won six of their last seven home Game 7's. The noise and the inspiring fans at The Garden are going to be a huge factor in tonight's game.
The series between the Bruins and the 'Canes has been raising my blood pressure on a nightly basis. Between being down 3-1 and now having game 7 at home, I'm not quite sure I can make it through the weekend without visiting the emergency room. The NHL Playoffs seem as if they've been dragging out every round in 2009. Game 7 after game 7 is causing for some severe indigestion in many cities and states.
We Want It As Bad As You
The Boston Bruins have the momentum from tying the series at 3-3 after winning the last two games, but Tim Thomas and the rest of the gold and black have their work cut out for them in tonight's playoff match up. This isn't just a game 3 with a 1-1 tie, this is it, win or go home. The Bruins slogan this season has made all the sense in the world after watching Boston come back from being down 3-1.
The 2009 Boston Bruins did not make the trip to the NHL Playoffs just to lose at home and end their season. I believe this game 7 is going to end in favor of Boston and they will move on to the Conference Finals to continue making their way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Low Down Dirty 'Canes
Despite injuries throughout the series, the Bruins will be at full strength coming into tonight's game 7 playoff . Marc Savard who came out during game 6 with a leg injury will be set to go said Boston coach, Claude Julien:
Coach Claude Julien said afterward that Savard is fine and it was his decision to send Savard back to the locker room. Boston led 4-1 when Savard was hurt.
Savard scored one of Boston's two second-period goals Tuesday and has four goals in the series.-ESPN.com
As for the dirty punch from Hurricanes Scott Walker on Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward, Walker has tried to defend his actions recently, on NHL.com:
I feel we were going to be fighting, I went over there and pushed him, I thought he punched me and I dropped my gloves and swung. Obviously I don't feel good about - you never want to see anybody get hurt or go down like that. For that I'm sorry. I've been on the other end where you think nothing's happening and you get punched. So I think you have to defend yourself. It's not something I'm proud of.
[It's] incriminating in that if you look at just the still shots, yeah, it looks bad. But if you watch the whole thing and if you've ever been in a fight like I imagine not many of you have ever been from the looks of you - and, or not very good ones - that's my point. I didn't mean to go out there and say 'I'm going to go punch this guy without his gloves off.' That's not my intent. In the same sense, it's a game and a battle and things happen so quick out there.
With that in the back of the mind of everyone playing for the Bruins and all the fans at the Garden, I don't see the first overall seed of the NHL Eastern Conference in the playoffs skating away without a win. Don't forget that Boston is the #1 seed for the playoffs this year. Just because we were down 3-1 does not mean that we aren't the better team. Tonight's deciding game is going to be exciting, make sure you have all three of your TV's on tonight to catch the Celtics in game 6 and the Red Sox in LA as well.