Well, looks like I was wrong. It is going to take seven games to figure out who is going to move on to the second round in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. After a reassuring 3-1 lead, the Boston Bruins allowed the Toronto Maple Leafs to battle back into this series with two straight wins. The Bruins are going to need to find the skill they had in the first half of the season if they wish to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Last night Coach Claude Julien said that have been a “Jekyll and Hyde team all year.” It does seem to fit. There are a few things the Bruins have got to have fixed for tonight’s game if they want to get to round two.
1.) Paging Marchand and Seguin. Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin your shots are needed in net. Yes, James Reimer has suddenly realized that this is the playoffs. The last thing these two elite players (well, they were looking elite going into this round) need is to have visions of Holtby rattling around their heads. Marchand has not been playing with the skill set we’ve seen him play with this year. His hockey IQ has taken a hit this series, and we need to see his ability to dance with the puck again. Seguin has been getting shots on net, but they are the kind of shots that make Reimer look like a Conn Smythe contender. ( Yes, I’m serious.) Those two have got to connect like they have in the regular season if they’re going to move on.
2.) Turnovers. That is what has been hurting us. The team can play well, (or at least Tuukka Rask is playing well enough to keep us in it) and then a player will make a lazy pass, or make a seriously bad play that a very desperate Toronto team can capitalize on.
At the moment, the Toronto Maple Leafs want to win this series more than Boston does. I love this team, and I bleed black and gold, but this team needs to stop talking about past mistakes, find the anger they’ve had in the past and remind Toronto and their fan base what happens when you poke the bear. Tonight’s game will start at 7 pm. All of the Nation is behind the Bruins, and we want them to be there too.