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2011 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Game 5 Morning Skate Transcript
May 23, 2011
COACH GUY BOUCHER

Q.  Is Dwayne Roloson going to be your starting goalie tonight?
COACH BOUCHER:  We’re preparing like usual.  He’s preparing like he prepared for all the other games.  So we’re prepared.

Q.  Why will you not just say for sure whether he’s going to start or not?  Is there a competitive advantage not to say, yes, he will be our starter?
COACH BOUCHER:  He’s prepared.  He got out.  He’s done his morning skate like usual.  He prepared yesterday.  We had a good talk.  And he knows what’s coming up.

Q.  Can you give an update on Steve Downie, he appeared on the ice?
COACH BOUCHER:  I’d love to update you.  I need to talk to — he was doing better this morning.  That’s the one update I can tell you.  But before he had gone on the ice, he had done better.  But I need to see how he feels right now, and they said half an hour after he’s gone off the ice, I need to go back to my therapist and see how he’s doing.

Q.  So there’s a chance he could play tonight, then?
COACH BOUCHER:  He’s doing better this morning.  But better and ready to go, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the same thing.  But at least it’s better.  So there’s something positive — and Tyrell, same thing.  He was sick last game.  Couldn’t play much.  So today — and yesterday he was much better.  And today he’s fine.
So if he sits down, he’s not playing.  Tyrell’s ready to go and Blair Jones will be in the lineup if he’s not.  So that’s who we’re going to go with.

Q.  What have you guys done, Game 3 notwithstanding, to be so effective offensively against Tim Thomas, especially when you look at the regular season?  Statistically he had one of the best seasons ever by a goaltender.
COACH BOUCHER:  I don’t think we were that effective against him.  He shut us out.  And he won the other game.  So I think he’s done very well for his team.  He’s a very confident goaltender.  You can see from his comments yesterday.  He said that they were going to win for sure, so you can see how confident he is.
And we’ve had some good moments, but we’ve had some where it didn’t pan out for us, and we’re expecting him to be at his best tonight.
So certainly not ready to say that we’ve done very well against him.  If we had done very well against him, we’d be up in this series, so we haven’t.

Q.  It’s the best of three series now.  Obviously Boston has home ice advantage with two of those games.  But you guys seem to laugh in the face of that, winning six out of seven past games on the road.  What is the key to you guys doing so well on the road and carrying it through to tonight?
COACH BOUCHER:  Well, I think it’s not just us.  I think it’s throughout the NHL.  Teams have a bit more trouble winning at home this year than previous years.  And I think probably it’s the pressure of doing well in front of your fans and not wanting to disappoint, I think, is probably the focus of a lot of the players going into these games.
And you try to talk about it.  You try to prepare for it.  But the entire year, you tell your players that you don’t want to disappoint your fans.  And then you come into the Playoffs, it’s something that you built throughout the entire year, that mentality of doing it right at home and getting everybody to perform at their best, because people pay to come and see you play.
And so when you get to the Playoffs, you still have that in mind, that you want to perform for your fans, which puts a bit more pressure.  Since in the Playoffs you always have more pressure, more emotion, it’s probably a little harder to manage.

Q.  We talked so much about Victor Hedman taking so many steps forward in the last little while.  I was curious, the last game or so, what you’ve seen from him, if he’s kind of maintained that upward arc or maybe flattened out a little bit.
COACH BOUCHER:  No, he hasn’t flattened out.  What happened as a youngster, you know, he plays amazing when he doesn’t try to push the offense.  When the offense comes to him, he’s playing really well.  But when he’s pushing the offense, it’s not working out for him.  In the first period of the last game he was trying to push it, and he created a few turnovers.
And what I liked is the fact that we didn’t sit him on the bench, and we didn’t bring him down even further.  I think Dan Lacroix taking care of defense men, did a very good job with him of calming him down.  And he was terrific the second and third period and he was part of the goals that we got back.
So I think in his case, the entire year, it’s about managing expectations, that when you’re drafted that high, people are expecting a lot of offense from you.  And I think the type of player he is, he’s just beginning to figure out who he is in the NHL.  And it’s not a run-and-gun offensive guy.  It’s a guy that’s going to be able to do it all and be solid at all aspects of the game.  Therefore that means consistency.
Right now he’s learning how to get consistency as a 20-year-old.  And I would say the last three months of the season he was great.  In the Playoffs he’s really surprised us, because I was expecting a real nervous young guy that would be difficult to manage, and hasn’t been that except for a few instances.  So he’s been terrific for us.

Q.  With this down to a best of three, is it hard not to get caught up in the what-ifs and trying to stay in the now and not look forward to what could happen?
COACH BOUCHER:  Well, I hear best of three, but I never have that in my mind.  It’s one game, it’s tonight.  It’s the first five minutes of tonight.  That’s how I always take it.  I never get further than that.
If people are trying to get me further than that, I stop them pretty quick.

Q.  When a young player comes in and has the type of impact that Tyler Seguin has, as a coach, what do you do to kind of make him make adjustments in order to kind of shut him down a little bit?
COACH BOUCHER:  Well, I’ll be honest with you, we felt he’s played really well.  But if you’re going to focus on him, then you’re not going to focus on the other guys, and they’re the ones that are going to get you.
So the reality is there’s too many good players on that team.  They’ve got a terrific team with a lot of guys who can make the difference.  So if you start focusing on one guy in particular, you’re going to focus on the wrong thing.
So we’re aware he’s got speed.  And the rest, we play them like we play everybody else.
You got Krejci on the ice, if you just focus on him, Lucic is going to score and Horton is going to score.  So we did the same thing with Washington.  If you just focus on Ovechkin, the other guys would have done the job.
So it’s a real team thing.  It’s always been our attitude.  And it’s everybody’s job to play against anybody that’s in front of them.  Sometimes we match, but most of the time we trust our fourth line, third line guys to do the job, and I think that’s one of the reasons why today they’re helping us offensively, too, is that they were allowed to score goals during the year, they’re allowed to think that they can get on the second and third and first line when they play better on the first and second liners.
So whether we play against Seguin that’s playing really well or other guys, it’s a team defense that we’ve played all year long.  So we’re not going to change that.

Q.  Blair Jones is a guy who has been in and out, mostly out.  But when he does have to go in, he does seem to give you some good minutes.  What’s been your take on him?  What have been your expectations of him?
COACH BOUCHER:  Well, when you get a guy from the American League coming up, first thing I think any coach — now I’ve figured it out as an NHLer, is that you need a guy that’s reliable.  It’s not a league for development.  It’s a league for performance.  You’ve got to be able to perform now and start by not hurting your team.  And then, second, contributing defensively and offensively after.
And in his case, the minute he came in for the first games he played with us, you can see he’s got a lot of grit.  He pays the price in all areas of the game.  What I liked is I can put him out there and he won’t hurt you defensively at all.  As a matter of fact, he’ll block shots, be first on the puck, and do a great job on the back check sorting out who he’s got.  So it gives me the freedom to put him on at any moment during the game.
So that’s a plus that a lot of youngsters don’t understand.  They come up and they think gotta fill the net and they wonder why they’re sent down after.
It’s a winning league, and the players have to understand they need to be reliable first, and then they can add on the rest after, and I think he’s figured that out.
So I’m real pleased with the way he’s playing when he plays.

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2011 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Game 5 Morning Skate Transcript
May 23, 2011

COACH CLAUDE JULIEN
THE MODERATOR:  Questions for Coach.

Q.  Coach, so much has been said about Roloson getting yanked in a couple of games.  And Timmy has let in just as many during some games, yet you’ve never pulled him.  Have you ever thought about it?  And how do you protect him more tonight?
COACH JULIEN:  Well, I think the one thing we have to recognize from Tim is that when you look back at some of the games we played, whether it was in other series and other things, Montreal was a good example of that, we’re up 3-0 and two really weak goals go in on him. He stood on his head at the end of the game and helped us win those games.
So for me, I have a lot of confidence in Tim being able to bounce back from giving up bad goals.  That’s why we haven’t pulled him yet.  And there’s certainly some reasoning behind that.

Q.  Your team, regular season and especially in the Playoffs, has had the ability to bounce back from a difficult loss.  Why is that?  Why do you think your team has that ability?
COACH JULIEN:  I think we’re a resilient team.  No doubt about that.  You hear that word quite often.  But we realize that we’re also a team that has given up some leads, and we need to get better in that area.
But even if we have done that, the one thing we have been able to do is bounce back.  And we understand our faults and we understand where we’ve gone wrong.  And the next game we try and redeem ourselves.
This team is one of those teams that has done that all year.  I don’t expect any different from them going into the game tonight.

Q.  When you watch a guy like Kaberle who has been up and down obviously in the Playoffs since he got here, maybe even more down than up at times, coming off a tough game, at what point do you start to think about potentially making a lineup change when you see a guy clearly struggling with his confidence like that, and are you in a position where you can make that change with Kampfer and Hnidy if you decide to go that way?
COACH JULIEN:  Well, I think if you know the game well enough, you would understand that there’s some experience back there.  And you gotta also think:  Is that guy coming in a better player than Kaberle?
And the other thing we’ve done is some people wanted certain players out of the lineup earlier on, and our patience has paid off.  And I don’t know why we decide that we should be taking him out of the lineup when there’s other players, too, that have struggled.  I don’t know.  We haven’t talked about that.
That’s because we have patience, that we believe in those guys.  And Kaberle, last game, that second goal, maybe loses the puck, but our system calls for support on that.
And our support was but wasn’t there.  So according to our system, he’s not the only one to blame.
The last winning goal, he blocks a shot, makes a great play.  He’s trying to get off the ice.  We turn the puck over, so do we keep blaming Kaberle?
I think people are a little hard on this guy.  And I’m one of those guys that’s going to support him.  I’m one of those guys that’s going to keep him in the lineup, in case you want to know.  And he’s going to be a good part of our hockey team.
We got him because we believe in him, and until last game he played two really good games.  So that’s how we see Kaberle.

Q.  When they get their forecheck going like they did in the second period of Game 2 and change things around a little bit, what’s the best way to counter that when they want to be aggressive on their forecheck?
COACH JULIEN:  The one thing, I don’t think there’s anything when they changed that puts us on our heels, because the forecheck that they’re using, it’s forechecks that we’ve faced all year, aggressive forechecks that most teams do.  We have been able to handle that.  So it’s not about what we need to do.  It’s more about their execution.  And if anything, our team has committed more mistakes I think in this series than we’re used to.  And we have to cut down on those.
And I would prefer taking the responsibility on our team and saying what do we have to do better, more than look at them and what are they doing to us to cause those things.
I think it’s really about our execution, and we’ve been able to handle that in the past.  So I don’t see why we can’t handle it now.

Q.  When you have the puck tonight, they’re not going to give you much with speed on the rush.  What do you need to do better in the neutral zone when it comes to if it’s dumps or retrievals or support, or maybe it’s just a combination of all those things?
COACH JULIEN:  To me, through the last game especially was one of those games where — you know, both teams if they are at their best, they’re not going to give much in the neutral zone.
I didn’t think we spent enough time in the offensive zone like we had in previous games.  We didn’t seem to be as strong in the puck.  And that happened from the second period on.  They just seemed to — we went in there, we didn’t do a really good job of protecting it, and then making the right decisions with it.  And consequently we turned pucks over and they were back in the rush.
I think it’s more that than worrying about getting through the neutral zone.  I don’t think it’s been a real issue as far as in most games.  We haven’t really thought about that as being an issue more than just how much time do we want to spend in our own end.  We’ve got to get it in there to start with and we’ve got to get it back and hang on to it.

Q.  I know teams make adjustments throughout the course of a game, throughout the course of a series, but what kind of adjustments have you thought that Tampa has made against Tyler?
COACH JULIEN:  Against?  I don’t think they made any adjustments.  I don’t think their game’s changed.  They’re just aware when he’s on the ice.  I think that’s what you do when a player does a lot of good things.  You say:  Listen, we’ve got to be aware when he’s out there.  And it’s as simple as that.
Tyler really played well the first few games.  He certainly didn’t play bad in Tampa, but he didn’t have the same impact.  And that’s what happens when you’re on the road.  You don’t have that last change in different situations.  It’s a lot tougher for everybody.

Q.  I wanted to find out if there are any lineup changes for tonight.
COACH JULIEN:  I think right now I’m going to dress 23 for the warm-up, and that’s basically what it’s going to stay at for now.  And if there’s changes, we’ll make them after the warm-up.

Q.  And the other question is a lot of guys in the locker room after the game, and yesterday as well, they spoke a lot about losing concentration in the last 40 minutes of the game.  When you start to sense that the concentration is slipping, what can the players do, what does the team need to do to kind of neutralize that?
COACH JULIEN:  I think a lot of it starts before the period even starts.  After the first period, it’s so important for us to stay focused and realize there’s lots of game to be played.
As you know, those first two power plays that generated nothing gave them some momentum.  And when they did get the momentum and they scored a goal, it would have been really important for us to really push back and take that trend, get that momentum back, and we weren’t able to do that.
So because we weren’t able to do that, they just picked up more and more momentum, and by the time they scored a few goals, they had us on our heels.  And that’s what we’ve got to be able to push back and be strong enough to understand that those are the kind of things following a goal or following a power play.  Even if your power play maybe struggles, that next line out has to go out there and regain the momentum.
And that’s why you see a lot of changes in games, because a lot of things depend on shift to shift.  And if you give the other team momentum and you don’t work at getting it back, it just builds for the other team, and all of a sudden, because you got a lead and they’re coming back at you.
Once you’ve lost that momentum it’s really hard to get back.  So we have to make sure that if we got it, we don’t give it up that easily.

Q.  You mentioned about focus and concentration.  Of course, it’s been a long playoff grind, and you’re hoping to keep it going longer, too.  Are you one who tries to keep his finger on how mentally sharp each of your guys is, where each person is mentally, as well as physically?
COACH JULIEN:  Yeah.  Well, physically it’s certainly something that you really want to do at this stage of the season.  And you give your team rest, and sometimes, for example, yesterday I don’t know if it was so much about conditioning, because there wasn’t a ton of things that I think we could correct on the ice yesterday, more than we could correct in the dressing room.  And at the same time, when it comes to individuals, you know, as a coach, you work with individuals every day.  Every day you’re talking to individuals.  And you’re trying to get certain guys back on track.  And that’s what we do.
I mean, you guys don’t hear and will not hear everything that’s going on.  But there’s not a day that goes by that I’m not having a one-on-one with players or a player or whatever the case may be.  Could be lines, could be groups of Ds.  There’s always something going on.  And that’s on a daily basis.

Q.  You mentioned earlier about Kampfer.  He skated in the warm-up for the first time.  He did that with Tyler earlier before he played in the first two series.  How much is it the rookie who hasn’t been in the Playoffs before, even if he doesn’t play, just being around and being part of that preparation, how much does that help a guy like that?
COACH JULIEN:  I think when you’re not playing, I think that’s the best thing you can do for a young player is give him that opportunity to be in the dressing room and the surroundings and, like I said before, you look at how players prepare.  You look at the feeling out there in the warm-up.
It’s a lot different than the regular season.  Obviously, there’s more at stake, and guys are obviously really focused for these kind of games.  And I think for a young guy to experience that really helps.  And when he’s called upon to come out and play for his first game, at least he’s got something under his belt.  It’s a lot better than saying:  By the way, you’re playing tonight, you’re going to be in the warm-up.  And all of a sudden, he’s never experienced anything.  I think was good for Tyler and hopefully it will be good for Kampfer as well.
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  1. Boucher really gave them a lot of information on who is going to play tonight and who isn’t, lol..

  2. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 2 Latona lunch points!!) on

    repost from my carping…

    morning ILB and all!!

    Latona
    well done

    ILB
    you have 19” tires on your iphone? Did you have to do the lift kit? I have 18” ones that barely fit and I’m worried about fender rub.

    Unless filatov is had for gilroy, not sure I would do it (I was all for trading mdz at the end of the season, but at least he had the decency to pay his respects to a fallen comrade, which is more than few rangers from last season).

    Manny?

  3. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 2 Latona lunch points!!) on

    CCCP?

    no carp, really, thank you!!

  4. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 2 Latona lunch points!!) on

    I would think so…

  5. Somebody was asking about Filatov? Well, I guess even I overvalued him.

    From the Edmonton Journal: “I found it funny that Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nikita Fila tov is running a hockey camp for amateur players in Moscow. What’s he going to show them? How to work hard? Filatov was anything but a hard worker, which is why he’s not playing in the NHL.If Columbus could get a third-round pick for the former first-round draft pick at the entry draft in June, they would be overjoyed…”

    Of course, the Rangers don’t have a third-rounder…maybe 57th overall for Filatov? I could live with that.

  6. MannyFried? on

    Wow. Gaborik looks very angry. He also looks like an ogre. They look like the mafia and he is the enforcer.

  7. Filatov seems like another Zherdev/Kovalev. Insanely talented, but just doesn’t have the drive/motivation to play this game at the level it’s supposed to be played.

    Maybe a change of scenery would do him some good, but where have we heard that before??

    LOL! Manny, he reminds of Bruce Banner before he transforms into the Hulk.

  8. ok, I’m done with this insane midwest weather! Sounds like a hurricane is going on right now. My sanity for a NorEaster, please.

    Lunch involved a tornado warning. Life or death situation means I should win, Yes?

  9. MannyFried? on

    He does look like Banner!

    Mickey – Satchel Paige used to drive an axe (double sided) into the ground when a Tornado was approaching. You have to be sure to put the axe directly in the path of the tornado, this will split the tornado in two and keep you safe. Satch was pretty superstitious.

  10. Nikita is still very very young player who has almost no NHL experience, whatsoever!

    Saying he doesn’t have it at this point in his career is foolish ;)

  11. That’s true, but it’s the same old story with guys like him.

    It’s always the same excuses used year after year. He’s young, maybe he needs a change of scenery, the coach is too hard on him, etc.

    Then a few years later, he’s in the KHL.

  12. Filatov is entering his last year of EL contract which includes a bonus. The bonus can not deferred until next season because of expiration of CBA. Hence, his whole $2.2M will count against the cap next year. A bit too much for a player who will, potentially, ride the pine.

  13. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 2 Latona lunch points!!) on

    mickey
    I DO NOT miss that weather at all, the humidity really blows as well!

    is that boyle behind gabby, he looks none too pleasant as well (not that anyone would of course)?

  14. Wicky, it must be hard on all of them…We felt horrible, but they were friends.

  15. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The proud winner of 2 Latona lunch points!!) on

    ILB
    yep, so true.

  16. Manny- no. Looks like that was what they meant by “rapture”

    Wicky- I have no doubts whoever didn’t attend had very legit reasons.

  17. MannyFried? on

    Yea everyone that didn’t attend has a Concussion and therefore can’t fly per Doctor’s orders.

  18. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Satch also said: “Don’t look behind you, somebody might be gaining on you.”

  19. I am a Boston fan, but I am growing a liking to Boucher. The guy is intense and cold blooded. I would rather have him as Bruins coach than Claude.

  20. ilb2000 – …which might be one of the reasons this Edmonton writer is valuing him so low…I’d have no problem with the cap hit, seeing as though if he doesn’t make the team, he’s Hartford bound anyway. Actually, this has all the trappings of a typical Sather deal. High risk, high reward. Low cost to get it all done. I’d do 57th overall for Filly.

    He’d be our best offensive prospect aside from Christian Thomas. I just doubt his stock is that low, though there is a rumor he’s about to bolt again for the KHL. I’m also not sure how this emotional Russian would fare with a coach like Torch.

  21. MannyFried? on

    I wonder if Brian Boucher’s family pulls him from the dinner table from time-to-time. Just to keep him on his toes.

  22. MannyFried? on

    I can just see him getting mad and throwing his helmet and breaking some plates. Then rebounding the next night and having a great dinner.

  23. He pulls himself, Manny….Those habits are tough to overcome, even at your family dinner.

  24. phill- disagree on cap hit. The team will be against the wall during the summer, cap wise….What happens after training camp, is irrelevant….They will count every penny during summer though….

  25. bull dog line on

    Orr,
    I agree with you on Filatov, but please do not put Kovalev in that category. Kovalev has managed to score 1000 pts in his career. Filatov, and Zherdev could only hope to get half of that.

  26. LOL! LMAO at “He pulls himself, Manny?.Those habits are tough to overcome, even at your family dinner.”

    —–

    If Filatov’s available for a draft pick, we should take him. Why would you pass on a 21 year old with talent like that? It would be a smart move to get him for a pick or a prospect, IMO. We need scorers…

    Even if he becomes a bigger enigma than Zherdev, he only has a year left on his deal anyway…so, no big deal…

  27. Sorry all. Busy around here today.

    Lunch?
    Manny?
    wicky?
    CCCP?
    Carp?
    ilb?
    Sally?

  28. MannyFried? on

    *Lunch:* Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Peanut butter loaded with peanuts. Topped with Polaner All Fruit Senior Citizen style strawberry Jam and placed in between two multigrain slices of bread. Later. A Cliff Bar (Chocolate Chip) to fill the void left by my lack of substantial lunch.

  29. WOW! Brian Rafalski is retiring!? That’s surprising…he’s leaving a lot of money on the table…

  30. wow rafalski retiring look for shea weber to be a red wing. hes an rfa prob will go to arbitration play on a one year deal then next year be a ufa and in 2012 go to wings

  31. Ha! You think Red Wings would be interested in trading Datsyuk’s game worn jersey for Wade Redden? I think Slats would go for it…

  32. I’ll never forget how awesome Rafalski was for the USA in the 2010 Olympics. I believe he led the toruney in scoring for a while…

    Hats off to Brian for a great career (that got off to a late start)…Definitely one of the all-time best US-born d-men…

  33. i guess he decided to spend time with his family.

    3 Cups, two Olympic silver medals… 11 years pro career in NHL… sounds pretty damn good.

  34. its funny though… some of the best American and Canadian hockey players have that pansy Euro blood in them. The Greatest Euro pansy – Wayne Gretzky (Russia) :)

  35. I thought he was Polish, CCCP. Another big Polish Euro pansy- Krzysztof Oliwa

  36. per wiki:

    Walter Gretzky was the son of polish immigrants. His father came from Grodno, then poland (now Belarus),and his mother from Pidhaytsi of interwar Poland (now Ukraine)

    so… he is from BelarusKrainian :)

    All of his relatives who stayed behind speak Russian…

    here is the article (for those who didn’t read it) i posted here last year about Gretzky finding

    http://penshead.com/2010/02/05/wayne-gretzky-is-playing-for-team-belarus-in-vancouver-2010-olympics/his relatives in Russia

  37. mike smith in net tonight for tampa over roloson. terrible move. guy boucher pused all the right buttons all year now he is overcoaching.

    i dont like the move

  38. Trivia:

    Name the only NHL goaltender who won the Stanley Cup as the captain of the Cup-winning team?

  39. Thanks, Eric. I’m surprised he is still playing. He’ll have some ribs after the first period, for sure.

  40. what’s happening with the game?
    in the basement due to tornado warning
    happening right now.

  41. What’s more and very interesting to note, the pointman did hardly anything but keep the puck in the zone (still an impossibility for the rangers), but it looked lethal as ever. No wasted movements, no passes “just because” they actually created space and the potential for a good play.

  42. for some idiotic reason i can’t watch on nhl.com
    due to “blackout restrictions”
    WTB??!?!!??!!?!?

    i live nowhere near boston nor tampa
    unless it’s just a matter of living on planet EARTH!!!!!

  43. speaking of playoff beards
    has anyone else noticed
    the large number of ginger beards
    in this year’s playoffs.

    not knocking anyone but
    just interesting that so many out there.

  44. somehow, on the nhl.com site
    i either swiped and clicked on it
    or it just popped up….
    a full page in regards to coyotes
    season tickets………tour the arena.
    interesting.

  45. ORR!!
    does that mean you’d pee a little
    when confronted with sedin twins
    “Friggin ginger” + Euro-pansies!!!!!

    the horror
    the horror

  46. Manny, you get the lunch point.

    Wasted PPs seems to be the story of these playoffs…

  47. well,
    some really freaky cloud formations
    some which looked like they touched down
    but no tornado here.
    system is moving east.

    too bad that game is tied.

  48. orr

    why you rooting for boston just curious

    as a ranger fan dont you have more hatred for bost then tampa

  49. JimboWoodside on

    Bolts had all the early advantages, but didn’t put the sword to the B’s, and now they’re in danger of losing this game – gotta take advantage of those opportunities!

  50. Not suggesting either of those goals is his fault, but Smith was late moving from left to right on both plays. His puck handling is better than lateral movement.

  51. i dont hate boston teams either.

    pats red sox celtics i dont mind winning just the bruins except when they play teams in our div

  52. jimbo

    you it right on the head tampa up 1-0 had pp and failed to extend lead. thats what they will look back at should they lose

  53. JimboWoodside on

    Nor do I hate the Boston teams – and I was happy that the B’s beat the Habs – but in this matchup, I prefer TB……not by a tremendous amount, but because of the classy way they closed out their season.

  54. I wasn’t around for the Bruins/Rangers rivalry, so that also has a lot to do with it. In my eyes, there’s no rivalry between the teams.

    There should be. Need a playoff series between the two to light a fire under it.

  55. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, eric – it almost always happens – if you don’t put up goals and build a big lead when you’re totally outplaying your opponent, it usually will come back to bite you in the butt later on in the game.

    That first period was ridiculous – B”s couldn’t get a shot on goal for 3/4 of a period, and only went into the dressing room down one goal!

  56. JimboWoodside on

    Correct, Orr! NYR – Bruins had *enormous* rivalries that lasted decades, up until about 1973 – then, as you said, we didn’t have to face them in any playoff series, so the “heat” simmered down…

  57. also since i have nhl center ice

    the bruins announcer jack edwards is definitely the biggest homer besdies pens guys

  58. JimboWoodside on

    We also got much “closer” rivals, like the Fishsticks and the Debbies to worry about. The B’s were our closest rivals until expansion in 1968.

  59. JimboWoodside on

    In the old Original Six setup, only *2* teams didn’t make the playoffs every season – and it usually was the Rangers & Boston who fought hard all season to make the last playoff spot – and more often than not, the B’s had a better record of getting in than the Rangers did.

  60. That looked like a high hit to me, surpised there was no call.
    OMG how did Thomas stop that!! Wide open net..
    Damn nice save by Smith

    pbp brought to you by Calad!

  61. wasted pp early in game up 1-0 did tampa in.

    now go home and win a home game and you get another chance in boston on friday.

    that simple

  62. JimboWoodside on

    I think they’ll go back to Roloson, too – not that Smith played badly.

  63. Yeah, I don’t know if you want to put that kind of pressure on Smith. Roloson would be the better option for an elimination game.

    Smith did play well. Too bad his team couldn’t come up with a goal on at least one of those PP’s.

  64. JimboWoodside on

    Thomas seems to be having a lot of fun in these games – you can see him laughing and smiling when all kinds of havoc is going on in front of him. Stuff doesn’t seem to bother him very much.

  65. JimboWoodside on

    Yeah – missed opportunities for the Bolts killed them. They had so much of a territorial advantage, really until Boston got the lead, and by then they couldn’t get anything past Thomas.

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