Playoffs - Day 6
The Bruins are in a good spot. Yes they're still down two-games-to-one, but they have a few factors that have not yet turned their way. Factors that should, or could, turn their way.
They've managed to escape 18 Montreal power plays with allowing only one goal (unfortunately it was Kovalev's game winner in Game Two). What could change there: allow less than six PP chances a game. Stay out of the box.
They haven't really finished their chances. As I pointed out to Claude Julien starting out our post-game interview after Game Three, "I was concerned we'd be talking tonight about the Bruins not finishing their chances ..." as we have on a number of previous occasions. Let's face it, it's not the most offensively gifted team, but often the B's follow-up a lack of "finish" stretch, with a couple game scoring spurt. A great time for that. Plus, put a couple behind Price early, and he'll quickly lose his swagger. I noticed he lost it a bit in Game Two after the Bruins tied the game in the third. Unfortunately, the Bruins were short-handed that entire overtime, and the young netminder faced NO sudden-death pressure at all.
Also, the Bruins have momentum and they're comfortable again playing their game. They recovered from the shell shock of Game-1 rather remarkably, and played solid hockey in Two and Three. If that momentum continues, their ability to improve, then we've really got a series. There's not doubt they are working hard.
Doesn't look like Bergie will play Tuesday night at home, despite reports and rumours to the contrary. In fact, we've heard Game-2, Game-3, and Game-4, but Bergeron's not ready and we learned today that he's not been cleared to play by the doctor(s). However, he still continues to work his butt off to get prepared, and this morning, had his most physical practice to date. He and Andrew Alberts were intentionally getting very physical. Hitting and board-work drills. Bergeron actually knocked Alberts down at one point as the two neared exhaustion. The more games Boston plays, the more likely we see Bergeron this post-season.
Still no Saku Koivu for Game-4, and probably the series (scheduled for another x-ray on broken foot this week), and D man Francis Bouillon is day to day.
Booked our flights to Montreal this morning for Game-5. Let's hope when we return to Boston, we're planning for a Game-6. Talk to you tomorrow. All the best.