Sometimes you just feel it. You just know something is gonna happen for you. Everything you do is gonna make you or someone else smile throughout the day. That’s what it was like for the just about everyone on the Boston Bruins team Monday night as they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 at the TD garden to take a two games to one series lead in this Stanley Cup Final.
Home ice has been a good place for Boston during these playoffs as they have lost only two of nine games so far on Causeway Street and tonight was no different. Chicago couldn’t do much with the minimal amount of time and space the Bruins allowed, and when they did, Tuukka Rask continued his out of this world goaltending.
Daniel Paille, show scored the overtime game winner Saturday night in Chicago, also got the game winner Monday as his line with Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin proved once again to bring the energy the the Coach Claude Julien is always looking for. It’s part of the system that he has employed from day one and no matter how maddening outsiders seem to think he should change, it is simply not his way. He believes in what he does and he believes in his players to carry out that system and tonight they worked it to perfection. The ‘Hawks had 28 shots but most were from just over the blue line which made it easy for Rask to see and rebounds were cleared.
There is a saying in hockey that if you win faceoffs, you start off with possession of the puck and the other team has to chase you for it. The Bruins veteran center Patrice Bergeron not only score a power play goal for insurance, but at the faceoff dot he won an amazing 24-of-28. Eighty six percent of his draws, he won. Think about that. You win the faceoff and your opposition spends the next 20-30 seconds trying to get the puck back and that made for a frustrating evening for the Chicago forwards.
A solid, top to bottom win for The Bruins from start to finish. They scored first which is always key, especially at home and they never let down. Chicago had a flurry at the end of the game when they pulled their goaltender and even got a puck past Rask, but it hit the left post and bounced out behind him on the right.
So there where smiles all around the Bruins locker room after the game, however, Coach Claude says,”yes, we will enjoy this tonight, but never lose sight of the future and put our minds right back to the next game because, the Hawks have are a good team”. He knows what he is talking about as they and came from 3-games to 1 deficit early in these playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings, “so lets refocus and continue with we are doing” says Julien.
There was a thunderstorm before the game and a double rainbow hanging over Boston just before puck drop. Rainbows usually bring smiles to everyone that sees them and last nights victory brought smiles to the 17, 565 fans that saw the Bruins win their 14th playoff game. two more rainbows and….well, you know!