We can’t be that mad at the Boston Bruins. It was a simple matter of easy mistakes that ended up taking this game to Overtime. As we all know, it took two and a half additional periods (the 5th longest game in NHL history.)for the Chicago Blackhawks to get a shot past Tuukka Rask(who had fifty nine saves). The Bruins have nothing to be ashamed of. They gave us everything they had, and left nothing on the ice.
“I mean you can go over it as much as you want but, at the end of the day, you have to be able to turn the page and focus on Game 2,” said a visibly drained Milan Lucic after the game. Lucic put up the first two goals of the night, and got an assist on the Bruins third goal. Defensively, he had five takeaways and four hits. Lucic eneded up playing 38:14 on the ice, and a lot of the Bruins players were safely in the high thirties, low forties for time on the ice last night. In the end, Lucic summed it up in a sentence for the team and Bruins Nation.
“Shoulda, woulda, coulda is not going to get you anywhere so it’s not going to win us the game in the end, and we just need to focus on Game 2 as best as we can.”
The Boston Bruins are no stranger to being on the ropes. They dropped the first two before battling back in 2011 to win the Stanley Cup. They were within half a period of going home in the opening round this year. They fought back both times, and a lot of those players will just dig deeper to bring themselves a win in game two.
Coach Claude Julien didn’t lament over the loss. “When you look at the game, it could have gone either way. I thought we had some real great looks in overtime. With a little bit of luck, we could have ended it before they did. But that’s the name of the game. They got a good break on their tying goal going off one of our skates.” Game two is tomorrow night in Chicago, and we know the Boston Bruins want the Cup as badly as their fans do. It will be shown on the NBC network and puck drop will be 8pm.
That’s the way the game goes. Some nights you get the break going your way, some nights you don’t. As far as I’m concerned, two good teams tonight that played extremely hard.”