The Bruins have a chance to take a commanding 3-0 series lead and potentially put a stake in the hearts of the Rangers. The thing we can't forget here is that the Rangers have been down 0-2 in a series this year and then came back to win 4 out of the last 5. Also, Boston has lost a 3-0 series lead before. And I'm pretty sure that Henrik Lundqvist isn't going to play as horribly has he has the past two games. I just can't fathom it. I can't picture him being horrible for an entire series.
He's to good to do that.
I expect the Rangers to come out and play with some desperation tonight. Losing tonight, at home, and playing another poor game of hockey will probably crush this team. A lot of people are speculating that they're tuning out Tortorella because he's a fucking child with a mustache. Seriously. Who goes on national television and tells the media that a guy stinks because he's too jittery? Because he's god damn jitterbug. Who says that?
What's that supposed to do? Fire the guy up?
I'm sure Torts doesn't verbally abuse his players all season (but I'm probably wrong) and I'm sure he saves his dickish stuff for the media, but at some point his players are going to tune him out right? In Game 2 the Rangers looked like they weren't even trying. They didn't look like they were into the game at all, especially in the third period. That was Bruins-esque in terms of not caring.
I hope that Boston takes care of business tonight. It wouldn't surprise me if they came out and played terribly, because the Bruins will do Bruins things like that from time to time. I mean, I know Game 2 was great, but they still had 16 turnovers. Dougie Hamilton was horrible on both Ranger goals, especially the first one.
I think Seidenberg is going to be in the lineup tonight, which should solve the Hamilton issue. He's just not playoff ready. It will come with time.
While Seidenberg may come back, the search for Tyler Seguin and Jaromir Jagr continues. I'm done predicting that either of these guys will do anything, because it's obvious it's not going to happen. Jagr can't stay on the ice for more than 30 seconds at a time towards the end of a period. Tyler Seguin can't fucking deke around someone without losing the puck.
Seguin is playing with two corpses. Seriously, it's fucking Corpses on Ice out there. Chris Kelly, outside of taking faceoffs, has been rendered utterly useless. 0-0-0 -5 in the playoffs so far. Nine games and nothing. Rich Peverley: 1-0-1 -3 in 8 games. Tyler Seguin: 0-1-1. -2 in 9 games. Pathetic.
They're fucking pathetic! And Seguin leads the team in shots with 35.
I hope the Bruins buy out Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley when the time comes. They have two amnesty clauses and it's obvious that neither guy deserves the contract that they were given. Yes given, not earned. I'll get more into this in the offseason when I do my "What Should The Bruins Do Now" type of post, but buying these two guys out give the Bruins $6M in cap space on top of the $6M they will already have and the possible $4M from Savard's contract should they long term injury reserve him again.
I mean, come on man.
Still - Seguin and the rest of the Walking Dead on the third line need to wake up.
After the jump, the rest of the preview...
Bruins' Projected Lines
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley - Chris Kelly - Jaromir Jagr
Shawn Thornton - Greg Campbell - Dan Paille
Zdeno Chara - Dennis Seidenberg
Johnny Boychuk - Matt Bartkowski
Adam McQuaid - Torey Krug
DOY Flying Bear T-Shirt
Game Day Video/Image
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