I’m sorry this is my first recap in the past three games, I really am. But you understand anything I had to say about the last two games would have gotten me fired, right? But, I was going to write this one anyway, because it would either be the season over, or it would have been going to a Game 7. The Boston Bruins did extend the series to the seventh game with a 4-3 overtime win over the Washington Capitals. Here are my five observations.
Number Five- Milan Lucic
Not to start this off on a sour note, but Milan Lucic looks really slow out there. He looks sluggish and his instincts seem dull. He was there on the game winning goal, and maybe that will help him in Game 7, but they really need him to step up.
Number Four- Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin has had a really rough series. He had only one shot on net before the third period, but he turned it around in the last two. He had a shot on Braden Holtby resulting in a rebound then an Andrew Ference goal. Then in overtime, he just barely deked out Holtby and still was able to score and win the game.
Number Three- Tim Thomas
This series is not Tim Thomas’ fault. When it looked like this season would end, most of the bandwagon was that Thomas cost them the series. No, he didn’t. He should have made the save on the Alex Ovechkin goal. But most of this series, the Bruins have not been able to score. That’s not Thomas’ fault.
Number Tw0- Referees
I won’t blame the referees, because I don’t think the Bruins have played well at all. But the refs in this series have been extremely inconsistent. The call on Beniot Pouliot yesterday was not that good, and there were some worse ones today.
Number One- Elimination Games
The Bruins have won every elimination game since last season. Against Montreal, Tampa Bay twice, Vancouver twice and now Washington. They have to do it on Wednesday now, and guess what? Tim Thomas is 9-2 in elimination games, his last loss in 2009, and that was against Carolina.