It’s almost over, folks. You can grab that band aid on Friday and finally rip it off if the Ottawa Senators can Karlsson the B’s to death one more time.
As a fan you’ll then get your Jimmy Hayes buyout and your Matt Beleskey-to-Arizona salary dump trade. If it’s not Zane McIntyre you’ll get a new backup goalie. A lot of new fresh meat will be at training camp in September and we’ll start this cycle anew.
Unless the B’s show up and make us wait another two days. Which is always a (slim) possibility.
So if it does end tonight here are what could be my final thoughts of the season on the current state of the Bruins:
- The hired guns aren’t getting it done for the B’s. David Backes isn’t cutting it. Patrice Bergeron has met his match in the face off circle. David Pastrnak has two shots on net all series. Brad Marchand hasn’t capitalized on some huge opportunities. David Krejci is fighting a losing battle with his injury. And Zdeno Chara, although solid, isn’t the guy who can handle his current workload while maintaining high performance. The whole environment is setup for failure. I’ve kept saying “no depth means no plan B.” If your guns don’t show up you’re screwed. Ottawa’s guns have executed.
- The injuries on the B’s blue line are fatal. No Torey Krug, no Brandon Carlo, no Adam McQuaid, no bueno. I don’t care how boring Ottawa plays you can’t sustain anything throwing Tommy Cross and a rusted Joe Morrow out there.
- Craig Anderson and Tuukka Rask have been great this series. Anderson has been rock solid and Rask has given the B’s plenty of time and opportunity to win games if they decided to shoot once in awhile. But both tendy’s have been fun to watch.
- Erik Karlsson is the entire Ottawa team. He’s their offense, he’s their defense, he’s their captain, he’s their horse. Without him this series is probably 2-2 even though the B’s suck right now. With him the Sens are a late Marchand Game 1 tally from a sweep.
- Certain franchises are vanilla. Ottawa is one of them. And it’s not because they aren’t good people or don’t know their hockey. It’s because they’re irrelevant and no one cares about them. You need to hate or love teams, especially in the intense NHL playoffs. Yet people with tags on their toes generate more energy and feel than Ottawa. It’s impossible to hate the Sens because there’s nothing to feel about them. That’s how annoying this series is. And honestly, good for the Sens if they advance but they generate no excitement, love, or hate.
- My pre-playoff series prediction: “Unfortunately for the Bruins the Sens should win this series in six. They’ve pretty much held true to their ways all season and have owned the B’s”. My “heart” prediction was that the B’s could get a Game 7 victory. But the logical prediction has gone to plan. Bruins injuries and their go-to guys not getting it done put them right where I thought they’d be.
- Peter Cehlarik should be playing in this series. Maybe it’s just me but I would have liked to seen him get a shot. Especially after seeing Ryan Spooner and Frank Vatrano struggle.
- The one thing that can keep the Bruins alive another day is their power play. They’ve gone 2-for-11 in the series and if they get a man advantage goal tonight it’d be a difference maker. Between shitty officiating and an offsides review the B’s haven’t caught a break but a power play goal tonight would be a way to make one for themselves.
Puck drops tonight at 7:30pm. Let’s hope it brings a W and gets us all a little afternoon delight back at the Garden this Sunday.
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