It has been a tumultuous ride through the first round of quarterfinals for the Bruins.
The anticipated matchup against long-time rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, has been frustrating but undoubtedly exciting. During the start of the seven game series, the future for the Bruins was looking grim with the Habs coming out on top (2-0 and 3-1) during the first two games at the TD Garden.
As the Bruins headed north to the Bell Centre, they came out on top in games three and four with two wins in a row (4-2 and 5-4), and it was back to Boston for Game 5. Although extremely nerve-wracking, Game 5 brought forth plenty of excitement as it went into double overtime, with Nathan Horton finally getting one in net producing a 2-1 win for what seemed like a never-ending game of hockey.
Last night, however, the Bruins were not so lucky. Hoping to take the series with a fourth win they instead struggled against the Canadiens eventually losing 2-1.
Perhaps the Bruins penalty minutes could be to blame. Milan Lucic received a ten minute game misconduct as well as a five minute boarding penalty following his check on Habs defenseman Jaroslav Spacek. Patrice Bergeron received two minutes for delay of game and Chris Kelly took a high-sticking penalty behind the Habs net late in the third. Because of this loss the TD Garden will host a Game 7 for the third time in three seasons.
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spoke to the press earlier today, and despite his teams loss last night at the Bell Centre, he wasn’t entirely unhappy about the Black and Gold’s efforts during Game 6.
“It’s one of those games where we tried, we worked hard, we had our chances and we weren’t able to bury them,” he said.
Tonight performance will be the B’s last chance to redeem themselves, and they are aware that this will be no easy task.
“It’s all about tomorrow, it’s a Game 7,” captain Zdeno Chara said after yesterday’s loss. “We have to get ready for that.”