OK Boston Bruins fans – your day in the the sun is here. So what’s it going to be – champs or chumps?
I’ve heard about your hatred of the Canucks. The cheap shots, the dirty play, a team of “skilled” players in contrast to the Bruins’ hard-hitting style. I’ve seen your Bruins beat up the Canucks 17-3 at the Garden, now the question is – can you actually beat these girly men?
The home team has won every single game in this series, as has the team that has scored first. But while Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo has been leakier than Anthony Weiner’s blackberry at the Garden, he’s been consistently a step ahead of Tim Thomas at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, where game 7 will be held tonight.
I’ll be out in the neighborhood of the Garden to watch the game, and while my rationality tells me the Bruins will win, my instincts tell me the Canucks will hoist the Cup. The Bruins have proven to be deeper, to be more physical, to have the better goaltender – all of the attributes that typically make up a championship caliber team. But the Canucks have proven that they protect their home ice, that their offense can flash on when necessary, and that they’ve got the entirety of Canadian hockey swag behind them.
The Bruins have talked a lot this week about how they were out-muscled in their game 5 loss in Vancouver, vowing not to let this happen again. I can’t get the doomed little thought out of my mind that the Bruins will let the excitement in Rogers Arena get the best of them and over-do the physicality, leading to inadvertent penalties and the Canucks’ prestigious power play finally coming to bite them in the ass. While you all seem to think that I hate the Bruins for some reason, I’m going to pick the Bruins basically in spite of you all. God knows it will make my night that much more fun – so who have you got?