That has to be the mantra of the Bruins fan this morning after Boston blew a three goal lead and induced Post Traumatic Stress Syndrom onto a city. You know what I'm talking about. Don't tell me that last night's game didn't conjure up thoughts of the Bruins/Flyers series from the playoffs, specifically Game 7 where Boston choked away a 3 goal lead. I know that it is tough to bring up and live through, but we have to. Last night's game was a virtual mirror image of the Bruins collapse to the Flyers. Instead of doing a normal game recap, I'm going to break this game down in two sections. The first section will be known as Act 1 and the second will be known as Act 2. Without further aideu, I present to you:
After the jump, let's look at Bruins vs. Ranger: A Broadway Tale...
Bruins vs. Rangers: A Broadway Tale
Act I: Domination
To enhance the feeling of jubulation, Chris Kelly (BINKY) finally scored his first goal as a Bruin, putting the team up 3-0 and looking like they were going to cruise to victory. Like I mentioned earlier, the team was out playing the Rangers, but then something happened. I can't quite put my finger on it, but once Kelly scored - the team started to coast. I'm not sure if this was a strategy that Claude told them to do or if the team got complacent and dediced that it was over. For the Rangers, though, the game was just beginning.
Please take 15 minutes to use the restroom and get snacks. Thank you.
ACT II: MELANCHOLY AND THE INIFINITE CHOKE JOB
The thing is, you can't take your foot off of the pedal and then slam back on it because it doesn't work out that way. While the Bruins increased their shot total from the second period (4) to the third period (7) the Rangers did the same (9 to 12) and basically outplayed Boston in the third period. Brandon Dubinksy tied the game four minutes into the third period and Michael Sauer scored a minute later to make the game 4-3 for New York. Derek Stepan hammered in the final nail to the black and gold coffin with an empty net goal with about 5 seconds left in the game.
Seriously, I think Bruins fans need to step off of the ledge for a minute and realize that Boston was coming into this game with nothing to lose. If they won, they still wouldn't have moved up to second place in the Eastern Conference because they still need Lady Luck to turn into a bitch and strike the Capitals (who have a cake schedule to end the season). If they lost, they do no worst then third and face the Canadiens. For people to believe that this game will be the downfall of the Bruins in the playoffs is not only rediculous, but it is also on the side of inane.
Also, lets look at the bright side of things - losing this game means the Leafs are virtually dead and won't make the playoffs.