Time to end it all! Time to put the Philadelphia Flyers, out of their misery. Time for the Boston Bruins to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals TONIGHT! The Tampa Bay Lightning await there reservations at a swank hotel in the Back Bay. There is no need to prolong the inevitable. Time to stomp the last breath from that team that wimpered around the TD Garden ice on Wednesday. No second chances to let them think they have a chance of repeating the Boston Debacle of 2010. End it all at about 10:30pm Eastern time and send the 17,565 fans that will witness the carnage into the Boston night delirious as the Bruins will be playing Round Three of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since they were dispatched by Mario Lemiuex and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the eventual Cup winner, 19 years ago.
We all thought it was going to be. Boston led the series 3-0 and even as late as the first period of game seven a year ago we thought the team would be playing for the cup. Only to witness the Bruins NOT have the killer instinct and give Philly the next four games and the chance for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
About half the players from that team are still with the hockey, and they, like the newcomers say this is a different team and they have what it takes to right that awful wrong. Last year Boston did not have the services of defenceman Dennis Seidenberg who had a wrist injury and has been ridiculously good in this years playoff. Tuukka Rask was a rookie and may have been asked to do too much and it showed down the stretch. David Krejci broke his wrist in game 4 of last years Flyers series and the Bruin were never the same.
But Coach Claude Julien says “This Boston bunch is a different group, with a different feeling.” Brad Marchand says “We’re writing our own new chapter”.
Tonight it’s time for the epilogue to this short running series. Time for the obligatory cliché, get the brooms out and sweep the Flyers back to Philadelphia. Next stop, hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning in a seven game series with the winner going to the Stanley Cup Finals. A place Boston hasn’t been to since the Edmonton Oilers sent them packing in 1990. The Lightning, with all their lore and history since 1992, captured the Best Trophy in all of sport in 2004. The Boston Bruins can be one step closer to said Trophy with a series clinching win tonight.