Did you really think it wasn’t going to come to this. C’mon, Montreal – Boston in a playoff series that would have to be decided in seven games was imminent. There would be no other way. You knew by some maddening route, the Bruins would leave Bell Centre with their tales between their legs only this time it was kind of embarassing. Two ugly goals caused by really inexplicable plays by two Bruin defenseman. Rookie Kevan Miller cannot gather in a routine D-to-D behind the net pass which leads to the puck bouncing out in front of the net, too far for Tuukka Rask to poke it away and the Canadiens Lars Eller has an easy backhand tap in and a quick 1-0 lead. The Bruins would never recover. Especially after Zdeno Chara did pretty much nothing on a partial breakaway by Max Pacioretty who deposited the puck between the legs of Rask for a two goal deficit midway through the game. A power play and an empty netter, both by Tomas Vanek accounted for the 4-0 humiliation by the Habs in front of their delirious fans!
So for the ninth time in his Bruins coaching career, Claude Julien will lead his team to another seventh game in a playoff series. The Bruins are 4-4 with Julien at the helm. Three of those game seven wins, were in 2011, the year Boston won the Stanley Cup. Two of those went into overtime. As we know, anything can happen in seven game series. Especially after such disasters as game 6. But the Bruins and Tuukka are both cliche ridden in their responses to the notion that Montreal may have the momentum going into Wednesday’s ultimate tilt. “I don’t think it carries over game by game. As long as you regroup after a loss, it’s only a matter of how you handle it mentally and prepare for the next one. We’ll be ready for Game 7, for sure.” says Rask. They certainly didn’t seem ready for game 6, but rask added, “we thought we played a pretty solid game and gave them some gifts, and that’s it. We’ve got to clean it up and move on.”
One year ago, the team was just about dead in the water in game 7 against Toronto. They climbed back to make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Recent history shows May 14 to be a not so nice day for the Bruins when it comes to game seven. May 14, 2009, Scott Walker scored in overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Bruins 3-2 And On the same date in 2010, the Flyers made history with coming back from three games down and erasing a 3-0 deficit to beat the Bruins 4-3 in Game 7.
The Bruins Look to reverse that history on May 14, 2014.