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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Mark Recchi could barely speak as he sat in full uniform at his dressing room stall, 20 minutes after one of the biggest playoff collapses in NHL history.
“This is a pretty awful feeling right now,” said the 42-year-old veteran, barely above a whisper as he digested the enormity of the disaster at hand.
Milan Lucic, on the other hand, had no problem voicing his thoughts.
“There was definitely some complacency,” he said angrily Friday night after the Boston Bruins finished blowing a 3-0 series lead, beaten in Game 7 and bounced from the Stanley Cup tournament by the exultant Philadelphia Flyers.
Comeback complete for the Flyers.
Puck drops just after 7:00pm and can be viewed on Versus, TSN and RDS.
I won’t change my prediction from earlier this morning- Bruins win.
Not anymore, Scott Ferrall joins Deb Placey to preview Bruins/Flyers tonight.
I may be in the minority today, but I am picking Boston tonight. How about you?
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
In three straight games, the Bruins have blown tires in their attempts to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Tonight, they are down to their last spare.
With one more loss to the Flyers, the Bruins not only will have their season come to a close, they will also enter the NHL record book as only the third team to gag up a 3-0 lead and lose a playoff series. It is company they have no desire to join.
“It’s going to be a big game, probably for most of us, the biggest game of our careers,’’ said Zdeno Chara. “We just have to enjoy it.
“Everybody’s different. Everybody’s treating it differently. Some guys get nervous. Some guys are very excited to be in that position. Everybody’s feeling different.’’
Now comes this Game 7 date with infamy. Or, from a Philly standpoint, this Game 7 date with immortality.
Given the respective seasons of these teams, don’t be surprised if the final result is more about a team figuring out how to lose it, rather than win it.
-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star discussing game 7, Boston/Philadelphia. More from Damien.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
This Thursday, the Flyers wake up needing to win a single hockey game to host the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals. They have done the hard part, scratching their way back to tie this series even as their injury list has grown with every game. In the last two elimination games, they have outscored the Boston Bruins, 6-1.
Now comes Game 7. Friday night. In Boston. Winner goes to the Final Four.
“Now both teams have their backs against the wall,” Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger said. “It’s a dangerous position to be in, both for us and them. They’re going to come out with everything they’ve got. It’s do or die for them now in Game 7 in their building.”
Well, another game 7 on Friday in Boston.
Flyers have all the momentum now after winning their third game in a row after starting the series down 0-3.
Can Boston find enough offense on Friday to defeat the Flyers?
from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,
And so here we are, on the cusp of Game 6, and we haven’t the slightest clue of what to expect from the Bruins. More than seven months into this season, the Bruins have been good, bad and everywhere in between. Most of all, they have been entirely unpredictable.
Much of that explains why this hockey season in Boston has been positively compelling, of course, because let’s face it: predictable is boring. Instability results in so much more drama. The 2009-10 Bruins have lost 10 in a row during the regular season and won 7 of 8 during the playoffs, the more recent stretch ending with the Game 4 overtime loss to Flyers last weekend at the Wachovia Center. At the time, most of us regarded that game as nothing more than a hiccup from a Bruins team that had rediscovered its potential and seemed destined for its first trip to the conference finals in 18 years.
But now? Now we can’t be so sure.
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