Bruins force Game 7

Why Boston Won: Boston seems to have their confidence back after a great game five. They are playing with swagger, making cris passes, and not rushing plays under pressure. When Carolina applied pressure, Boston was able to collect themselves and restart. Moreover, Boston continued its trend of when they play well, they capitalize on scoring chances. Essentially, while in game five the Bruins relied on emotion a bit, in game six they won systematically. They prevented Carolina from getting too many scoring chances, and, when they had their own chances, they capitalized.

Why Carolina Lost: For Carolina, it was too little too late. They seemed to forget how to go to the net in periods one and two. Moreover, they were far too aggressive in the first 10 minutes of the game, which resulted in two Bruins goals. Finally, besides for an assist, Eric Staal was silent. If Carolina is too win, they really need him to be a gamebreaker.

Key Moment of the Game: In the second period, Carolina made it 2-1 on a Matt Cullen goal. Soon after, Bruins heralded, twenty year old winger Milan Lucic made an “MVP” play. He got the puck at the blue line, beat two Carolina defenseman to the net and made a beautiful dish to Marc Savard for an easy goal. It was one of those confidence-destroying goals for Carolina and one of the reasons the Bruins love “Looch” so much.

What to Look for Next Game: A big storyline for next game will be the health of Bruins go-to center Savard. He left the game after an inadvertent knee on knee hit by Chad Larose. Bruins fans everywhere are hoping it was just precautionary as Boston had a big lead at the time. Whether or not Savard plays, it’s a game seven so look for some intense, fun hockey.

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