That’s a better way to start the first two games of a Boston Bruins playoff series where they have home ice right off the jump, isn’t it? A 3-2 overtime win followed by a huge 5-2 victory that was the first of its kind in the better part of half a decade means Boston is now heading into another garden, this one Madison Square, with a 2-0 series lead.
Of course, the New York Rangers were down 2-0 in their quarterfinal series and we all know how that ended, but the thing is that the Bruins are radically different from the Washington Capitals. This doesn’t mean the home team won’t be hungry to put up a win or two in their home barn, perhaps prodded on to do so by their Grumpy Cat of a head coach, though. This means the Bruins will, in turn, need to shore up parts of their own game. (Considering that coach Claude Julien literally said it doesn’t matter what the other team will bring, only what Boston brings, that’s the focus here.)
One potential part that could need changing soon: the defensive corps. Dennis Seidenberg was out skating today before everyone else came on, but then got the all-clear to stay out and took part in some drills with his teammates. It’s been a week now since he was hurt in that miraculous game seven against Toronto–yes, it has been a full week since that happened! But now that things look a lot brighter on this Monday than they did the Monday previous, there is a question on the blueline.
Both Seidenberg and Wade Redden are at least making the trip with the Bruins, so could one or both of them come back into the lineup tomorrow? If so, who of the three wunderkind defensemen should take a seat? It shouldn’t be Torey Krug, that’s for sure, not after he’s already managed to stack up three points in his first two playoff games.Though both Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski have two points apiece in the postseason so far, to me the choice is clear: let Hamilton take a night off and see the game from high above the ice. He didn’t have a great time of it last game and part of that can be attributed to growing pains, but if we presume that just one older d-man is coming back, Hamilton needs to sit.
A strange piece of news that came out today regarding what could happen if this series needs a fifth game. It would be at 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday. Now, I’ve been to ECHL games that start at some weird times, including ones at 1:15 and 12:30 p.m., but 5:30 is really out of the ordinary for the NHL.
See how game three of this series unfolds tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.