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from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
What’s left to be said? Not a lot. The Hurricanes either win tonight and keep the Stanley Cup in their sights, or they have a bittersweet ending to their season and start facing the speculation about who returns and who won’t for next season.
“It’s Game 7. You want to play in those games,” Staal said. “Obviously, we wanted to finish it off when we could, but it didn’t happen. We look forward to Game 7, look forward to the challenge. You dream of playing in those games growing up as a kid, and it’s going to be fun.”
When they led 3-1 in the series, the Canes talked about theurgency of winning Game 5 andand finishing off the Bruins in Boston.
Now, the common refrain—as if the Canes were trying to convince themselves of it—is that that they gladly would have accepted and embraced a one-game, winner-take-all scenario before the series began against the Eastern Conference’s top seed.
Imagine losing power at 3:00am this morning and the first thing that comes into your mind is how in the heck am I going to watch the game 7’s tonight?
Thankfully power was restored about ten minutes ago and all is well.
I am sure many of the fans who have teams involved in game 7 tonight are trying to make the hands of the clock spin faster. It is a day of anticipation, both in a good and bad way and I hope you are dealing with it in the best way you can.
from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
Claude Julien’s skaters are attempting to do what no Bruins team has done in 20 previous tries: come back to win a series after trailing, three games to one. Milt Schmidt’s Bruins couldn’t do it in 1947 against the Canadiens. Bobby Orr and Friends couldn’t do it against the Rangers in ‘73. Cam Neely and Ray Bourque couldn’t make it happen in ‘95 against the Devils.
So it’s up to Chara and Tim Thomas to boldly go where no Bruins have gone.
“From the time we fell behind, three games to one, our goal was to create Game 7,” said Julien (who enjoyed one of those Bill Belichick nights in which everything he touched turned to gold). “We’re there now. We need to decide what we’re going to do with it.”
On to Boston for game 7 on Thursday, game starts a little after 8:00pm ET.
added 10:29pm via Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Claude Julien said Marc Savard will be good to go in Game 7. Savard left the game at 6:12 of the third period with a knee injury.
via Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,
Hurricanes forward Scott Walker has been fined $2,500 for his altercation with Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward but will not be suspended, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.
“We are satisfied with the ruling,” Rutherford said.
In case you missed the punch Ward received from Walker, you can watch it here.
The Boston Bruins shutout the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. Chara was dominant on the ice tonight and the Canes could not match the desperation the B’s played with.
added 10:27pm, With the game well in hand, Bruins up 4-0 and about three minutes to go, Scott Walker of the Canes punches Aaron Ward of the Bruins.
Ward received 2 for roughing, Walker, 2 for instigating, 5 for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct.
added 10:57pm, Julien said in post-game presser that there is some fear Ward may have a broken orbital bone.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Sunday morning, Claude Julien dipped into the universal bag of coaching tricks and started casting aspersions at the hurricanes, the team that happens to hold an unexpected three-games-to-one lead on his heavily favored Bruins entering Sunday night’s Game 5.
Early in his Sunday morning presser, Julien accused Carolina of playing the trap—as ugly an accusation as he could come up with, I guess—to such great effect in taking control of the series. Then, he further the attack by suggesting it was hypocritical of Carolina Maurice to adopt such a cynical defensive system after railing against it during his tenure as the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“They played four guys back and they just wait for us in the neutral zone,” Julien said. “That’s something a little surprising from Paul because I know he used to complain about that last year when he was in Toronto—us killing them with the trap. They’ve created a pretty tough situation for us getting pucks in, but we have to find a way to get pucks in and play more in their end.”
The Hurricanes, by the way, haven’t played the trap in this series.
What team has a happy flight to Anaheim after the game today?
Will the Bruins find their game and win to extend the series?
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
“Obviously, we’re in a deep hole,” said Zdeno Chara. “We all realize that. But you have to win four games to get to the next round. It’s 3-1 and it’s not over yet.”
That said, the Hurricanes made the Bruins look like bantams for most of last night, with little resistance from the Black and Gold. The once-proud Bruins, now looking like paper tigers, have buckled at the exact point where winners strut their best stuff.
“I think our team has probably picked the worst time of the year to play their worst hockey,” said coach Claude Julien. “When you look at the whole team right now, there isn’t anybody that’s played up to their potential. Obviously, out of synch. Our passes are not crisp. We’re not in synch. You can see the frustration on the players right now. It’s certainly getting worse.
“This is something that has to be resolved before the next game. We don’t have much time to do that. You’ve come too far in the season to all of a sudden say, ‘You know what? It’s not working.’ We’ve got to find solutions. That’s got to come from coaches. And it’s got to come from players.”
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