by Patrick Hoffman on 05/14/10 at 12:30 PM ET
Russ Cohen, owner of the terrific Sportsology.net and one of the authors of the tremendous 100 Ranger Greats, took time out of his hectic schedule to talk about tonight’s Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.
PH: Did you honestly think this series would be where it is now? Why or why not?
RC: No, I honestly thought when Boston had the series at 3-0 that they would finish off the Flyers in six. I give all the credit in the world to the Flyers coaching staff and players for never giving up in the face of adversity. It’s been an amazing run considering all that they have been through.
PH: What do the Bruins need to do to win tonight?
RC: They need to put players with size in the crease like Milan Lucic and Blake Wheeler. They need to get these players out on the ice, Mark Recchi included when the Flyers have their rarely used third pairing defenseman out there. The top two Flyers defensive pairings are logging incredible minutes and at times were a bit weary of the Bruins dump and chase tactics. The Bruins need to figure out if their strategy is dump and chase or defense first. That coaching message seems to be lost on the players right now.
PH: What do the Flyers need to do to win tonight?
RC: Keep making sure Boston’s shots are coming in clear lanes so Michael Leighton can see them. The defense did a great job of that. Perhaps switching Giroux’s linemates so he can shine again, JVR hasn’t really produced. Maybe move Giroux up to the second line since you have to limit Gagne’s minutes since he re-tweaked his toe injury. Scott Hartnell has to crash the net to try and upset Tuukka Rask, who was very good last game. His glove save on Leino, when he had a penalty shot, was as good as it gets.
PH: If the Flyers manage to win tonight, where will this comeback rank in hockey/sports history?
RC: It would be second to the Red Sox, because the New York Yankees were a much better team than the Boston Bruins, let’s face it. The Windsor Spitfire just did that but it’s not on a professional level so it’s not the same.
PH: Any predictions?
RC: I think it will be a close game. I think it will go into overtime and like a lot of these games I think the player who scored the game-winning goal will be somebody you weren’t expecting. I really don’t have a great read on which team will win but Boston has to take the first lead in the game to keep the crowd behind them. If they were to fall behind early, the crowd could turn on them.
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