Bruins not fretting over having to go seven games with Leafs
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 25, 2018,
Apr 25, 2018, 15:03
They've had a sporting eternity to dream about what it might be like.
The Toronto Maple Leafs earned an emotional victory for their city on Monday night, and they kept their season going in the process.
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The Bruins are clearly frustrated they couldn't finish this series in Games 5 or 6, but Boston needs to shake these two losses out of its head and get ready for Game 7, or it could be headed for the golf course with plenty of questions to answer.
"I don't think there's any panic at all in this group", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "When you slash and break a stick, it's not what you are trying to do, but that's what happens, you've got to call it".
Theoretically, the odds still favor the superior possession team playing at home, especially given the Bruins still boast multiple veterans from the 2011 Stanley Cup team and 2013 team that lost in the final.
Yes his team turned over the puck, yes it was a 2 on 1 but an $8 million year goalie in the playoffs should make that big save. It's all a matter of perspective. In fact, prior to previous year, the two teams had not been in the post-season at the same time since the square opened in 2010.
The Maple Leafs/Bruins series is the only first round playoff series to go the full seven games.
That list includes some of the core players on the current squad but also names like Spencer Abbott, Erik Westrum, Brayden Irwin, Jamie Devane and Nathan Perrott.
"It's the same kind of pressure we've felt these last two games, where we've been facing elimination", he said. That's what we've been harping on, no matter what the situation in this series, keep sticking with it. They can take no comfort in the brighter future to come.
Toronto has managed 29.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Boston is averaging 38.2 shots per game over its last five home outings.
If the seventh and deciding game of an National Hockey League playoff series can be broken down into simple components, then the Toronto Maple Leafs' chances of success Wednesday night ride on two things. Game 7 tomorrow. I can't wait. So what can we do better?
"We need to score is what we have to do different", said Cassidy. It's going to take a lot more traffic in front of Andersen and better disguising of their shots to reverse this trend in the series finale. They slapped us around.
Hanley Ramirez stood out among the Air Canada Centre crowd last night, wearing a Boston Bruins sweater to Game 6.
"None of that really matters now". Everything is good. Like I said at the beginning of the year, we're stronger. "They've been here a bunch, so they know what to expect".