I think by the time you are in the Finals, every game is a must win, but words can not describe the importance of a Game 5 with the series tied at 2-2. The team that wins tonight will be playing for the Stanley Cup on Monday with momentum on their side. Bruins win, then then Vancouver will have three losses in a row in the back of their minds. Vancouver wins, then the wind will be sucked right out of the Bruins, who without a doubt have turned this series in their favor after embarrassing the Canucks two games in a row.
Thankfully, if there was ever a time to beat Vancouver at home, it'd be now. Luongo isn't exactly a pillar of mental fortitude, and after chasing him out of the net by scoring 12 goals in 2 games, he's shaken. Not to mention that we're in at least half of the team's heads by now. They can't score on Thomas, and they can't get into his head.
Vancouver will keep doing what they do, take little slashes at Thomas, act like big tough guys while little Marchand and Seguin are around, but the second anyone close to their size comes over, they'll drop to the ice and suck their thumbs like the whiny babies they are. Which is fine, we want them to do that, hasn't worked for them the past few games, and the Bruins aren't taking any of their shit.
When it's all over, win or lose, the Canucks will find a reason to cry in the arms of the NHL and suckle on their teet like a hungry newborn.
After the jump, what's the DOY crew up to for the game?
The Bruins are now 3-0 when the DOY crew hangs out around the Garden, holding up signs and getting into mischief. We want to keep the spirit alive, but sadly the game is away and it would be silly to hang out outside the Garden
Or would it...
We're superstitious as hell, so there is a good chance that we'll be around the Garden at our normal times before the game. If you're going to be in the area, come on by and hang out with us. We'll probably be hitting up one of the local bars once it gets close to game time.
The defensive pairings are a bit of a wildcard since Julien may want to keep Chara and Seidenberg separate to shut down the Sedins since he has last change.
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid
- Seem like the Vancouver fans are about as demoralized as their team.
- We always like articles detailing the awesomeness of Timmy Thomas.
- Mike Milbury is a meany and Vancouver doesn't like him very much *tear*.
- TSN has a pretty good artice on the Bruins' blue collor work ethic.
- Haggs discusses how taking out Horton could be the worst mistake the Canucks could make.
Never too much Thomas!