Man, the way some people are talking around Boston about the Bruins series opening loss to the Detroit Red Wings makes it sound like the season is already over. It was one game and it was a heck of a hockey game at that, so take a step back from the ledge and realize that If Detroit wishes to eliminate the Bruins, they’ll have to play 3 more perfect games like the one they played in Game 1.
Not to mention the Bruins had plenty of scoring chances on Friday night, they just couldn’t bury one and it took everything in Pavel Datsyuk‘s bag of tricks for the Red Wings to even muster a single goal of their own on Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask. Call me crazy but this also isn’t the first time the Bruins have lost a game 1 and in somewhat disappointing fashion before bouncing back.
Sure, Detroit is a good team that’s extremely well coached and they’re not your typical 8th seed, but the Bruins also aren’t your typical Presidents’ Trophy winner either.
Speaking of that Presidents’ Trophy, I’m already sick and tired of hearing about it and what a curse it is and will be. It’s not a curse, it’s a challenge and some guys just don’t have the mental fortitude to handle that kind of pressure so they cave and it gets labeled a “curse”. But if any team can handle that kind of pressure and thrive in it, it’s this Bruins team that has been through just about every scenario a hockey team can go through over the last 5-7 years.
This team is battle tested and knows what it takes to win, so I fully expect the Bruins to come out flying in Game 2 on Easter Sunday and even this series up before it heads to the Motor City for Games 3 and 4.
I know we are an emotional and reactionary bunch here in Boston, but just remember to keep taking your blood pressure medications followed by constant deep breaths. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a marathon not a sprint, and we are just getting started.