The Boston Bruins have been in this position before; up three games with the chance to close out the series at four. They have won series’s after having such a lead and they have lost them. But we can only hope that the Bruins have learned from past mistakes and are fully prepared to end the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the New York Rangers tonight.
Sealing the Sweep:
The Bruins have all the right pieces to end this series tonight if all goes the way it should. Tuukka Rask has been solid in net, the rookie defensemen have stepped up as necessary, and the PK has shut down the Rangers power play every chance (which is many). The only thing missing is the offense scoring. Most of the goals this series for the Bruins have been scored by the defense which is great but if the team wants to go for the cup, all of the offensive lines need to produce goals. And once again I’m looking at the third line when I say this. The Bruins lineup will most likely remain the same as the only injured player that is seemingly making a comeback is Dennis Seidenberg but there is no official word that he’ll be 100% ready for tonight. If I was Coach Julien, I would rest Seidenberg for the (hopefully) next series because he will be a valuable asset in the rest of the playoffs.
New York Needs a Win:
I’m not sure of any other way to phrase but if the Rangers want to stay alive in the playoffs then they NEED a win tonight. They currently have a three-game hole they need to climb out of and they’ll need to do it without one of their top d-men Anton Stralman who was hurt late in the second period of Game Three. He was not at the Rangers optional practice yesterday. However a few of their injured guys could be making a return tonight but that’ll be determined come warmups tonight. If New York wants to win they need Henrik Lundqvist to be the king of goalies that he normally is and they’ll need to cover him as I noticed a big part of the B’s goals was the lack of defense around the NY net.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk has had goals in back-to-back games and has scored four in the 10 playoffs games the Bruins have played in thus far. Boychuk is the first d-man since Ray Bourque to score four in the first 10 in 1991. And considering Boychuk only had one goal in 44 games in the regular season , I would say he came well prepared for the playoffs.
Puck drops tonight at 7 and you can check it out on NBCSN!
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BELIEVE IN BOSTON!