It’s been discussed at length for the past two weeks; the Boston Bruins love Game 7s.
I mean, can you blame anyone for thinking that? Since coach Claude Julien became Boston’s head coach in 2007, the team has been in an NHL Playoff Game 7 eight times, counting this year’s stunner against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Maybe winning outright just bores the team. Or maybe they just like shaving years off their fanbase’s life expectancy with unnecessary drama.
Either way, for the second time this postseason, the Bruins are in a position to close out a series well before we need to talk about Game 7. This time, they’re up 3-0 over the New York Rangers.
So, the question needs to be asked; do we really need to drag this out any longer? Or can the Bruins complete only their third series sweep in the last five years?
The vibe around the city of Boston right now is “bring on the Pittsburgh Penguins,” which would be a fan’s dream matchup. Superstars galore, there would be a chance to take down the unanimous favorites and all those Jarome Iginla storylines.
However, if you ask the team, it seems they’re being as politically correct as possible. This series isn’t over, nor is anyone pretending it is. Ask goalie Tuukka Rask if he thought the series against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010 was over as they headed into Game 4.
Actually, don’t, he may hurt you.
But that’s just the point. We’ve already seen this team take a 3-1 series lead over the Leafs only to turn it into Boston’s worst nightmare, until Patrice Bergeron came to the rescue in the final hour.
If you were to watch any of the previous three games in this series, though, it leads you to believe tonight is New York’s last hurrah.
The Rangers just look flat out dejected. They can’t score, and when all-world goalie Henrik Lundqvist is showing everyone why he’s a Vezina Trophy winner, New York still can’t pull out a win.
Want to know how bad it is on Broadway? Star Ranger Brad Richards has been scratched for tonight’s game, as he only has one goal for the entire postseason.
Tonight is a golden opportunity for the Bruins. It’s a chance to show the NHL they’re a force to be reckoned with, and let everybody know that the near-collapse against Toronto was an exception.
So what’s it going to be, Boston? Should fans grab the antacid and get ready for another attempt to steal defeat from the jaws of victory?
Or are the Bruins going to finally finish off a wounded opponent? Can they give themselves some much needed rest by sweeping New York and prepping for what looks to be a date with the mighty Penguins?
The puck drops in a few hours. We’ll find out the answer soon enough.