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Roaring back

April 22, 2011

Carey Price hangs on during an snow shower in the Bell Centre last night.

The Bruins have tied the series, 2-2. What more can be said? I had my wisdom teeth pulled on Tuesday, so, I’ve been unable to properly think or write for a few days. That said, I went to bed the evening before the surgery pleased with the Bruins’ resounding victory and I was able to stay alert and tuned in for their fighting overtime win last night. I thought back to David Krejci’s wisdom teeth removal back in October. In some respects, this wasn’t the worst time to have my wisdom teeth out at all. All said, I am deeply impressed with the team’s resilience, their determination and ability to ignore the limelight in Montreal. Montreal may not have played quite as well as they did during the first two games, but conquering them was no small task. Whenever the Bruins look as if they have an edge, a Hab will zip up and turn the situation upside down. This will be a tight series, not the cake-walk some expected. As the series returns to Boston, the Bruins will need to bring their finest. It will be wild, but as my dad noted last night, this is akin to the Red Sox v. Yankees in 2004. Down 3-0, the Sox had to slay their mortal enemies to redeem themselves, to begin anew.

General thoughts:

Milan Lucic

The top-line continues to struggle, and its main cog, Milan Lucic, continues to drift up and down the ice like a shadow of his former self. At this point, I can only say that he’s harboring an injury we won’t hear about until the summer. Something is seriously wrong and has been for over a month.

Tim Thomas

Where’d the Vezina winner go, and was he really back last night? His play has been inconsistent thus far in the series, and he’s seems extremely anxious and easily rattled by goals. Perhaps it’s frustration, which is completely understandable. But it’s disconcerting to see him lose his cool as he nearly never does. In fact, during the regular season he often smiled after goals, sort of a rueful, “aww, shucks, get ’em next time” sort of smile.  He has been leaving the crease by five, six, seven feet, heading out to play the puck when it’s not necessary and leaving himself exposed. This has and could cost him. He’s an unorthodox goaltender, we all know this to be gospel, but sometimes I do wonder. I don’t necessarily think putting Tuukka in is the solution, either. But Thomas is one to watch.

Right of way

The Seguin versus Ryder debate may have been put to rest last night, as Ryder rose above the muck to become the definitive game hero, scoring in regulation and in overtime to win it. He’s been the scapegoat all season long, and Boston fans love their scapegoats. I don’t think his play last night was an anomaly. Management will be reluctant to toss Seguin in at this point. Unless, of course, perhaps Horton or Lucic get set aside for a night and the rookie gets top-line minutes. I know this is far-fetched, and I don’t know when an optimal time to attempt this would arise, but the lack of production is becoming problematic. Seguin’s always been marked as a top-six, skilled forward, one that’s languished with third and fourth line duty (again, I don’t think it’s stunting his development as some do, but I think his eventual role in the league is in the top-six). Just a thought. But Ryder won’t be going anywhere and save for injury, Seguin stays in the owner’s box.

TD Garden

Can it not psyche the Bruins out? We’ll see.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2011 22:54

    I definitely agree with your points on Thomas and the Ryder/Seguin situation. I actually made a post earlier about Thomas earlier before I found your writeup here. I’m confident that Seguin will end up being a force in the NHL, but he definitely needs to put on some size and work on his game in his own zone. I actually wouldn’t even be all that surprised to see him get some ice time if the B’s move on past the opening round, but I think the pressure and emotion in a Boston/Montreal series would get to him if it were his first taste of playoff hockey.

  2. Sasha permalink*
    April 23, 2011 07:43

    Seguin is a work in progress, and I think that he grew by leaps and bounds this year. Chiarelli made the point last week that all the things he learned over the course of this season were things he simply couldn’t have learned back with the Whalers in Plymouth, just in terms of learning his own zone and handling playing in the NHL. Yeah–he’s surely going to need to bulk up and continue adding that dimension of aggression to his game. I think all the people saying Seguin is being “ruined” by the benching or that he’ll decline to be re-signed by the team are putting the cart way ahead of the horse. He’s a professional athlete and he’ll need to start learning the ebbs and flows of play and management. He’ll be a top-line center and a force in the NHL, just not right now, and he knows that.

    Shoot me a link to your post on Thomas, yeah?

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