Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bruins set the stage for a game seven showdown

With their playoff lives on the line, the Boston Bruins increased their efforts and were rewarded with a heart stopping finale to game six.

The Bruins played with intensity and a hunger that the Canadiens have been lacking for two games now, never panicking when they suffered a setback and quickly returning to their game plan with rewards twice in the last two games.

Montreal looked to have this series put away with a 3-1 lead, but the resilient Bruins have impressively shown no fear as they chipped away at that Habs lead both in the individual games and the series.

Once again, Montreal could see the finish line on Saturday night, carrying a 3-2 lead into the final period when sheer craziness broke out on the ice. Suddenly teams that were more inclined to play a defensive minded game upped the offence racing end to end to put a flurry of goals on the board in the third, until the Bruins were finally ahead by one and victorious by a score of 5 – 4.

It marked the second night that the Bruins seemed to find the answer to Carey Price who let in five goals for his second straight game, a rather steep learning curve for the rookie who had been stoning the B’s in the early going.

Saturday’s was a result that left the Bruins with a rapturous send off from TD Banknorth Garden crowd, clearly hoping that the local hockey team has more plans for more hockey to come in April and beyond. After a long wait in the hockey wilderness their Bruins are playing the kind of hockey that Boston fans long for, full of heart, determination and a never say its over attitude.

For Montreal, the tension builds even more as they have seen their almost insurmountable lead disappear, making for what will hopefully be another game to remember on Monday night between the two long time rivals.

Globe and Mail-- Bruins force seventh game
Winnipeg Sun-- Beantown Believers
Montreal Gazette-- Bruins win 5-4
Boston Herald-- Phil the thrill indeed
Boston Herald-- They're as cool as ice
. Stats Pack

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