Okay. To begin, I’m still numb from that game, from the outcome, from fighting with NKOTBSB fans for seats at the bar beforehand all the way through to the end, and from the entirety of these two games in Vancouver. It’s painful. Heartrending. To come so far and to just roll over, two games to none, in the STANLEY CUP FREAKING FINALS, is just not something I really have words for.
What to say about that game. The top two lines really have GOT to improve their play. Krejci’s dipsy-do moves through the neutral zone just aren’t working. The Bruins have to find a way to neutralize the Canucks’ incredibly fast counterattack; it’s something the B’s aren’t capable of, turning a missed opportunity into a shot their way. They’ve been playing obvious dump and chase hockey for this series, all 120 minutes and 11 seconds of it, and when that dumping and chasing fails and goes the other way, it become blatantly clear how weak our defense truly is, aside from the pairing of Chara and Seidenberg.
Tim Thomas has bailed this team out of so many poor situations this series; it’s completely unfair to fault him on that final goal in OT, considering the terrible turnover by Ference in the neutral zone that lead to yet ANOTHER odd man rush. Timmy may be amazing, but he’s not superhuman; he can’t stop them all, and eventually, if you odd-man-rush him enough, something’s going to go in.
So this sucks. But you know what? It’s not over.
The Bruins can go one of two ways in the next four days, the next two games, both on home ice. For this, I’m going to draw on a little history that you St. Louisians may not like. There are two iterations of another Boston team that this could possibly follow, in two subsequent years: the 2003 and 2004 Red Sox in the ALCS. Both years? Against the Yankees. But each year, obviously, had a drastically different result.Â In 2003, the Sox were the victim of funny bounces and weird home runsÂ (Aaron F*cking Boone, anyone?)
In 2004…well, I don’t need to tell this story. Down 3-0, they rallied back to win, and then won it all. The Bruins have rallied already once this playoffs, who’s to say they can’t do it again? They were 0 for 19 when down 2-0 in playoff series before this year.
Bring it home, boys, and please don’t break my heart.
Final thought: Alex Burrows. It had to be Burrows, after the nonsense in game one. He’s like our version of Aaron Boone; this year’s version of Scott Walker. But watching him make the gesture of firing a bow and arrow after he scored that OT goal – a gesture he does in tribute to his fallen best friend, Luc Bourdon – is heartwrenching. You can’t hate it, and maybe that’s what makes this harder.