I don’t know what to say…
Here’s the highlight video from NHL.com
Just… what the hell happened?
I had the game on the radio. I listened intently and felt very distraught when Kessel made it 3-1. When the Leafs went up 4-1 in the third I shut it off.
I posted the following on Facebook:
God damn it I hate being right sometimes. I knew this was coming as soon as I saw the match up. Friggin Bruins.
I guess I was wrong. In this case I am very, very happy to be wrong.
They came out with serious energy in the first. I was pleased by that. They did not have that kind of energy in games five or six. I thought they were going to be different in game seven, but instead of playing with the necessary intensity they went overboard and took bad penalties. That took them out of the game, and then it was back to the blah blah blah of the previous two games. They uninterestedly floated their way into the third period and the Leafs lit them up. It’s the same garbage we’ve been seeing from them for more than two months now. At 4-1 I was done. I couldn’t take it anymore and I shut the radio off. The hell with them.
That’s when they started playing for real. Three goals in the last 10 minutes. Where the hell was that Bruins team for the previous 2.66 games? They had sucked like no 4th seed should ever suck and then, boom. They are playing like contenders again. What the hell? Why didn’t they play that way all series? What’s wrong with them that allows them to coast their way to the brink and then suddenly play like an all time great team? I don’t get it.
To recap though, I have to give Tuukka Rask a break. He did make some gigantic saves last night, and they did win a must win game with him in net. I am not going to let him off the choke hook until they win a Cup with him as the number one goalie, the choke against Philly in 2010 will not be forgotten so easily, but he came through when we needed him to hold it together in a big game. Granted, four goals against is a crappy game for any goalie, but he did what was necessary.
Also, Patrice Bergeron is the best player we have, and he’s been the best player we’ve had since the day he was drafted. No offense to Joe Thornton, or Marc Savard, or Zdeno Chara, or Tim Thomas, or anyone else. Patrice Bergeron is our best. Watch that highlights video. You can see it in his face. He just decided the bullshit had to end, and he scored the game tying and game winning goals. As we move forward in these playoffs it will be how Bergeron goes, the Bruins go.
Bring on the Rangers.