Game 2: Rebounds, question marks
Game 2 is tonight, after a two-day lay-off. Tonight the Bruins will seek to avoid a repeat of the first round, by falling down 0-2 in the series at home to start. Surely, if they do, we know they are capable of rebounding. But it is less than ideal. Rising back from deficits, pushing game sevens, that’s become commonplace in these 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. But it surely is not a recipe for success.
How the recipe for success plays out tonight has much to do with the team that shows up, not such in personnel, but in attitude. It seems like Bergeron is a game-time decision, but a middling one at that. My guess would be that he does not play, but I’ve been wrong before. When Chara suffered his bout of dehydration associated with a virus back in round one, it was awfully cloudy whether he’d play or not, and there was much media haggling on the topic. Even if Bergeron participates in the pre-game skate, we won’t know. So, whoever is out there for the anthem, is out there. I am hoping that McQuaid has further recovered, as he seemed somewhat shaky in game one. Reports are that Kelly and Peverley might be swapping spots, but we’ll see. If Bergeron is still out and Seguin still in, a merry-go-round of lines could exist again tonight.
Pucks were flying and bouncing off Roloson in the later power-plays and immediately thereafter in game one, and I expect more of the same. The Bruins have improved when it comes to putting pucks on the net. Their first power-play was pitiful, admittedly, but that seems to have become a routine: an atrocious first attempt, followed by steadier and more numerous opportunities in later power-plays. But can they convert tonight? We never know.
A big wild card, a big question mark.