Bolt’s & B’s!!

Current Vancouver Canucks Assistant coach Rick Bowness was the Head Coach. Current Bruin radio analyst Bob Beers was on that team playing in just one playoff game. Vice President Cam Neely played in 26 games that season but none in the playoffs. Glen Wesley, Dave Reid and Raymond Bourque all went on to win Stanley Cups with different teams but were on that 1992 Boston Bruins team. The last time round three of the Stanley Cup Playoffs would be played with the Spoked “B” lads trying to get to the holy grail. Oates, Juneau, Lemelin, Moog, Bob & Don Sweeney were among the populace of that squad.
It’s been 19 years and the Bruins will face the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night at the TD Garden in game one of the best-of-seven series for the right to go the Stanley Cup Finals. What will this years team of Thomas, Horton, Lucic, Krejci, Marchand, & Recchi bring for the fandom. What should we expect of this team that has made it past the second round to go against a foe that has become giant killers in taking out the number four and number one seeds in the East.
Boston and Tampa Bay have never met in the playoffs so outside of the regular season, there is no history. And as most of you know, outside of the 45 year hex the Canadiens held over the Bruins until 1988, history means nothing. The Bruins beat the Lightning three out of four times during the regular year when Tampa Bay was not as solid as they are now and didn’t have the 41-year old Dwayne Roloson backstopping them in net like he did when he was with the Edmonton Oilers back in 2006 when that team went to the Finals. Statistically Roloson is the best goaltender in the playoffs, followed closely by the Bruins 37-year old netminder Tim Thomas who has been nothing short of spectacular since game three of the opening round against Montreal. Since entering the league in 1992, the Bruins at home are 35 and 4 versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. Thomas thinks this Bruins team has the stuff championships are made of. “I think it was a confidence that grew throughout the year. Till you get to the playoffs, you don’t really know that for sure what you have as a group. I think that the first round against Montreal was a testing ground for us. We started it out right way from some adversity, getting down in the series, 2-0. We started to find out what we were made of.”
The pressure will only mount as now its Final Four time and Boston is hosting their part of the draw. The next couple of weeks will show just what stuff they are made of beginning Saturday night at 8pm.
~Diehard

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About Ric Duarte

Just your average loyal Bruins Fan with things to say about the team!
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