Can the Bruins Bounce Back? Game Two Preview

To Boston Bruins fans today is a special day as June 15th two years ago was the day that the Bruins back the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup. Today they will try to even out the series against the Chicago Blackhawks as they try for Lord Stanley’s Cup once again. This battle like the one against Vancouver is proving to be a challenge but it’s one that the Bruins can get past.

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If  Game One was ANY indication of what we’re in for Bruins and Blackhawk fans alike, then it’s going to be a long and emotional series. And yes Chicago ended up getting the win in triple overtime, but it’s only Game One. I know Bruins fan would have liked to have started the series on a high note, but there’s plenty more hockey to be played.

Bruins Top Line…Enough Said:
Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton should never be split up like ever. The top line produced two goals in Game One with Looch getting both. Unfortunately Horton left the game in the third and never returned due to a shoulder injury. However he was out on the ice practicing with the team so Coach Claude Julien says that he’s “day-to-day”. Horty is the type of player that’ll play through injury so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him back in action tonight. Tyler Seguin took the place of Horton during the OT periods and it seemed to be just the spark the 21-year-old needed so if Horton isn’t in the lineup, I expect to see Seguin on the top line with Krejci and Lucic.

No Panic for Chicago:
They’ve been down in scoring before but it hasn’t stopped them from winning. The Blackhawks key to success is lack of desperation. They stay calm, cool, and collected while behind and it shows in their comeback. It was the second straight overtime win for Chicago showing that they have the stamina needed to hoist the Stanley Cup once again. Chicago is good on home ice and they look to continue that tonight with a win giving them 2-0 over Boston. They have won six straight at home as of now.

Who’s Hot: 
Krejci leads the NHL with nine goals and 14 assists in the postseason for 23 points, while Looch recorded his first multi-goal postseason game for the Bruins. Both goalies are hot right now with Corey Crawford stopping 51-of-54 shots and Tuukka Rask stopping 59-of-63. Dave Bolland of the Blackhawks scored his first postseason goal and picked up an assist on the gamewinning Triple OT goal.

Puck drops tonight at 8 and you can check out the action on NBCSN!




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