By Matt Noonan
The Boston Bruins had a golden opportunity to end their current first round playoff series at the Belle Center on Tuesday, but instead, lost to their hated rival, 2-1. That’s correct, the Boston Bruins allowed the Montreal Canadiens the chance to play one more game this season, but this time there won’t be a Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
Game 7 will be played on Wednesday at the TD Garden and with the chance that neither team will sleep a wink prior to face-off, one has to wonder, can the Canadiens “pull a Philadelphia Flyers” on Boston?
Well, that could indeed happen, but let’s not worry about Wednesday just yet.
In regards to Game 6, it is fair to ask the question, were the Canadiens a better team? Did it seem that two power play goals by Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta were actually the reason Montreal won? Could luck have been involved? Perhaps Lady Gaga stuck around to sing a pre-game anthem to the men dressed in red and blue?
It’s hard to officially say that Montreal won the game due to their speed, quickness and strength because honestly, just like the Bruins, the Canadiens were tired, winded and certainly exhausted.
How can’t one say that Boston and Montreal are still catching their breaths from Game 4 and 5?
Beside their lack of energy or enthusiasm, the Bruins once again displayed their awful power play. So, I wonder, what has Claude Julien and company have done with the Bruins power play? Can it get fixed between Tuesday and Wednesday?
I’m sure someone has an idea to that particular question, right?
Some have to wonder how much Tomas Kaberle has actually helped this Bruins power play because against Montreal on Tuesday, Boston’s unit went 0-for-4. The Canadiens though were successful, as they finished 2-for-7.
The Bruins outshot their opponent, 32-27. Tim Thomas played his usual game between the pipes and stopped 25 shots while Carey Price only allowed one of Boston’s 32 shots to sneak passed him.
Boston’s only bright spot was Dennis Seidenberg’s goal during the opening minutes of the second period, but other than that, it certainly wasn’t a game that the Bruins will want to remember.
Game 7 is Wednesday and with the series tied, 3-3, one has to wonder, especially after this particular game, who has the momentum now?