Boston Bruins Semifinal Notes, Chapter One
The Boston Bruins downed the New York Rangers by a 3-2 overtime tally in game one of the Stanley Cup playoffs semifinal series–but that was the day before yesterday. Now, with the two days between games one and two nearly over, what’s happened since Brad Marchand became another Bruins overtime hero?
Speaking of that extra-session heroism, Marchand shared a laugh with his linemate and the man who set up that sweet pass for the game-winning goal, Patrice Bergeron. Both amazing overtime goals came from basically the same spot, they realized, so obviously that’s an ideal place to be. Keep being there, gentlemen!
The good news is that some of the injured defensemen are starting to work their way back from injury, little by little. Dennis Seidenberg had a solo skate-around before practice today, working with the strength and conditioning coach, while Wade Redden was back out on the ice for practice. Of the two, Redden–the former Ranger–seems to be closest to returning because coach Claude Julien has said he’s a game-time decision. Andrew Ference, on the other hand, isn’t close. Of course, Coach is being cagey about details for injuries because that’s how people roll during the playoffs, so only time will tell.
Meanwhile on the forward lines (which look exactly the same as they did in game one), it’s funny how one of the youngest Bruins and the oldest Bruin are both going through the exact same thing right now: a scoring drought. Tyler Seguin and Jaromir Jagr have both, frankly, been under-performing and under-impressive. Both of them do recognize that fact, though, and have come equally to the same conclusion: sustained hard work will bring good things. Yes, we certainly hope so.
Remember: tomorrow’s game will be broadcast starting at 3 p.m. on your local NBC affiliate!