Playoffs - Day 14 and 15
Well, it didn't work out. The B's couldn't beat the Canadiens in Game-7. The first period was the key, but the same element which popped up time and time again during the season, and coach Claude Julien and I talked about it a lot on postgames, was the simple inability to put the puck in the net. The Bruins had many more scoring chances than the Habs in the first, but the Habs took a one-nothing lead on a lucky deflection off a Bruin. The B''s couldn't finish on a number of opportunities.
Which leads us to today (Wednesday). In their bye-bye press conference this morning, General Manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien addressed a number of issues. The number one need in the off-season ... add scoring punch. With Savard back and Bergeron back healthy at center, and a number of young choices for the lines behind them, the Bruins look strong up the middle. But off the wing: weak. And with Glen Murray showing his age and some wear and tear, it's time to not only add at least one big scorer off the wing, but maybe two. Boston should be aggressive in free agency. Marion Hossa, who jumped to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, is on their wish list. They'll get some competition for him, but they ought to be willing to spend. Plus, he knows, has played with, and gets along with a number of Bruins from his days in Ottawa and Atlanta, including Chara and Savard.
Bruins year-ender piece on NESN Sportsdesk tonight. Check it out. Bye-bye blog from me in a couple of days with some reader/viewer feedback. Til then, all the best.