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Just a month ago in early March, the Bruins were a team that seemed dead in the water and a certain victim of a first round playoff sweep…if they even made it that far. The team had just lost Marc Savard to a supposed season-ending concussion and initially failed to fight back in his honor.
After a late-season surge, the Bruins grabbed the No. 6 seed and a ton of momentum heading into the playoffs. The Sabres just got caught in the crossfire as this Bruins team actually seems ready to make some noise. The Bruins extended their wild season, knocking out the third-seeded Sabres with a 4-3 edge-of-your-seat win in Game 6.
David Krejci scored two goals, including a power play tally in the first and a goal early in the third period, to help lead the Bruins to their second straight second-round berth in the playoffs. Last year, the B’s defeated the Canadiens in four games last year before falling to the Hurricanes in seven games.
Mark Recchi scored his third goal of the series in the second period and Miroslav Satan added what became the game-winner in the third period with five minutes to go against Ryan Miller, who finished 28 saves but a losing record (2-4) in the series.
Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, outplayed the Olympian all series, including a 27-save effort in Game 6. He allowed a goal in the second (Patrick Kaleta) and two in the third (Nathan Gerbe and Thomas Vanek), but otherwise played like a brick wall.
“We wanted to close it out because we didn’t want to go back to Buffalo,” said Rask, who allowed an average of just over 2 goals per game. “We knew it would be tough.
The Canadiens have miraculously tied their series with the No. 1-seeded Capitals after facing a 3-1 series deficit. If the Habs somehow win Wednesday’s Game 7 in Washington, the Bruins will square off against the Flyers in Round 2. If the Caps survive, the Bruins will face the Penguins.
A Habs win would mean two things: the Bruins would avoid the Penguins in Round 2, and the Capitals would be eliminated. So, for the first time in your life, root for the Canadiens de Montréal!