By Matt Noonan
No one gave this team a chance, but after two nights of “home-cooking” at the TD Garden, Boston has made this a series, as they swept Games 3 and 4 against the Vancouver Canucks by a combined score of 12-1.
Wednesday’s game was physical, intense and yes, you guessed it, “in your face.” The Bruins registered four goals thanks to Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand, while the defense helped goaltender Tim Thomas preserve yet another shutout in the postseason.
The TD Garden rocked, as well as chanted, “We Want the Cup, We Want the Cup!”
What the Boston Bruins have done over the course of the last 72-hours is restore hope and faith in the Hub. Indeed, we were all worried and scared about the men who sport the spoked-B on their chest, but after two enormous “butt-whooping’s,” I think it’s fair to say that the Bruins are ready to invade Canada and return to Boston with a 3-2 series lead.
However, who exactly knows what will happen in Game 5 because this series has gone from a best-of-seven to best-of-three. It’s no longer about home ice, crowds or “raw-raw” supporters, but instead, heart, agility, speed, quickness and toughness.
The Bruins and Canucks have baffled us through four games and now, it’s finally time to see who is destined to be one step closer to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup.
For Bruins supporters, Games 3 and 4 were joyful, but those who bleed blue and green, they’ve been the absolute opposite. In fact, they’ve been nightmares and yes, Vancouver and its fans want the Canucks to rebound, but can they win Game 5?
I’m positive that Game 5 will be a completely different atmosphere, especially since it will be held in a hostile environment called the Rogers Arena. Most likely, they’ll taunt the Bruins for three or more periods. They’ll scream, yell and possibly, bite?
Hmm… not sure I should have said, “bite,” right?
Expect Claude Julien’s bunch to be prepared, but now the question is, can they steal a game on the road? Who knows, but while we ponder that particular question, let’s at least embrace the fact that the Bruins tied the series, 2-2 on Wednesday evening and are now headed to Vancouver for what should be considered a “must-win” game.