Before every game, the coach of any sports team is bound to have a pep talk to get the team geared up. The Boston Bruins are no different. The end of the regular season was rough. I can say that as a fan, a writer, and I’m sure I can speak on behalf of some of the players. The Boston Bruins certainly did not end the season as I, or most for that matter, had originally anticipated, especially given how they started the season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs series was much harder than expected. Enforcer Shawn Thornton even mentioned that the team tends to put unwarranted pressure on themselves and make it harder for them to win. Game 7 of the series was better than any sports movie script ever written: the ultimate comeback story. The Bruins let up just enough to let Toronto think they had it won. But right when the Bruins were doubted most and people started turning off the television sets and shaving their playoff beards, they dug deep and tied up with seconds to go in the third period.
I’ve told everyone this and I don’t mind publically announcing it here either, the Boston Bruins should have never even thought there would be a Game 7 in this series, let alone a Game 7 OT win. The Boston Bruins were clearly the better team even if we weren’t playing with heart and passion. Despite all that, the Bruins came back from a three goal deficit and managed to win in OT. But talk about some frustration. Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond thrilled that the B’s pulled it out. I just wish that someone could explain to me how the Boston Bruins can score three goals in 10 minutes, but in Games 5 and 6 they could barely pull out just that, three goals. Something is just not adding up. Sure, I second-guess Claude’s decisions every once in a while, but overall I have a lot of trust in him and his choices. If he hired me to write him a speech for tonight’s game, because lord knows the Bruins need to come out of the gate with guns blazing, it would go a little something like this.
“Great moments are born from great opportunity…”
“I’m not going to yell and I’m not going to scream but what happened to the passion? What happened to the heart? Remind yourself now why you play this game. Remind yourself why you are here tonight. We are going to take this one game at a time. So focus on right now, focus on tonight, and focus on this game.
Do you remember how good 2011 felt? Do you remember feeling like a hero to one of the greatest cities in the world? Do you remember the accomplishment you felt? Let’s take that moment back. Let’s rewrite history, let’s control our future.
Let’s think offensively here, let’s step on their thoarts, and show New York and this entire league, who we are, what we are made of, and what we are capable of doing! Sure, there are plenty that doubt us. There are plenty that think we don’t have it in us. Forget about them, play your game and prove them wrong!
Seguin, get out there and rip that puck into the net. We have all seen you do it a million times, so what’s a million and one.
Bergeron, don’t think of the pass. See the shooting lane and take it. No hesitation. Lundquist isn’t going to let up on us, so let’s rattle his cage.
Enforcers, let’s cause some fear out there. Throw the body around. Set the tempo out there.
Chara, you are about 8 feet taller than any man out there. Use the body, use your strength, and protect our defensive zone.
Tuukka, protect this house and focus on your game.
This is the game we love. This is what we live for; this is what we die for. Knock some teeth in, play the body, let’s intimidate those Rangers. Let’s do what we do best and play some Blue Collar Hockey!”
The Boston Bruins face the New York Rangers, in Series 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, tonight at 7:30 PM.