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Bruins Eliminate Red Wings, Move on to Face Habs

Milan Lucic

The Bruins once again looked stellar in their game 5 domination over the Detroit Wings to close out the series with a 4-2 win and advance. Backed by offense provided by Loui Erikkson, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla, they looked like the overall favorites that they are expected to be in terms of securing another Stanley Cup.

Tuukka Rask had another stellar game between the pipes, with 31 saves. He needs to maintain his focus and not let distractions like being nominated for the Vezina trophy get him sidetracked.

With that being said, the Bruins, and more importantly Claude Julien, need to switch their focus to the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal made quick work of Tampa Bay in round 1, and Boston needs to recognize this. In order to defeat the Habs, Boston needs to continue to play physical, like we witnessed in game 2 and 3 against Detroit. Their main goal should be to become a thorn in the side of either Carey Price or Dustin Tokarski, depending on who they decide to start. Getting back to the physicality of the game — Boston’s defense needs to do everything in their power to protect Rask and keep guys like Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta away from the net.

The on-ice chemistry between guys like Chara, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug needs to be in full effect if they want to make it any further in the tournament.

Additionally, on the offensive side guys like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand need to step it up in the next round. An overall lack of offense in the playoffs is not going to help the B’s win down the road. And where were Gregory Campbell or Shawn Thornton when you need them? Hopefully Daniel Paille will return soon and help the B’s defeat Montreal.

My prediction- Bruins win in 6

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2 comments for “Bruins Eliminate Red Wings, Move on to Face Habs”

  1. “they looked like the overall favorites that they are expected to be in terms of securing another Stanley Cup.”

    They did look good against an aging Wings team that shouldn’t even have made the playoffs. I think the defending champion Blackhawks who just smashed the Blues 5 to 1 to close the series has to be the favorites

    Posted by Hawks | April 28, 2014, 2:28 pm
  2. Boston Strong

    Posted by Renee Luoni | April 30, 2014, 11:04 pm

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