Re: Boston vs Detroit round 1 thread.
posted at 4/19/2014 9:54 AM EDT
In response to biggskye's comment:
-Small, fast teams are a bad match-up for the Bruins. This could get real bad.
-Lucic needs to stop the cheap shots. No way to justify that.
-People need to quit responding to Stanley, so that the majority of us, who have the good sense to have him on ignore, don't have to be exposed to his never-ending regurgitation of his myopic views on certain hockey players.
I see Stanley is still calling for his beloved Spooner, but the fact the Bruins were down 2 forwards, and Spooner still did not get the call, was kind of surprising, and is an indication too me, that they are not that high on him.
Bad time of year for a flu bug, but this team seems to thrive on adversity. They were sluggish for a few games after the Olympic break, then went on that tremendous roll.
I am hoping they can do it again.
They gave the "small, fast" Wings one goal late in the third. People were talking about the Leafs' speed last year when the Leafs came back on the Bruins, but remember how the Bruins absolutely dominated them for whole periods when they'd wake up and realize the Laffs, despite their reputation and experience, were not going to roll over? It was like the Red Army vs. TimBits out there. That game will come.
As for Spooner, I don't think they picked Florek over Spooner because of anything Spooner's done wrong. Spooner had an assist on the OT winner last night, is right on pace to match his scoring rate from last year - just under point/game - and only Florek and Sweethands have a better +/- on that team. If anything, the "problem" is they need a high energy third line winger who can play a Kelly-like game. Florek's been good in his limited viewing - skates hard all over the ice, sound positional player, and he had some scoring touch in his first go-round. There's also the P-Bruins playoffs to think about - a lot of guys down there with a bad taste in their mouths after last year. Spooner's value in Providence is probably much better than in Boston, and leading their O in the playoffs is likely better for his development, too.