All jokes aside, I really don't like our bottom six. It's like, we finally get an awesome top six (and I guess the jury is still out on that, though I do think it'll ultimately become one of the best in the league. Because I say so), and the bottom "bottoms out." mehhhhhh
I am sort of torn here. We could be a team like the Oil and be on a 7 season playoff drought trying by trying to play all of our young kids or we can be like the wings and be on a 22 season playoff streak doing what we do.
Is there no in between?
Does giving a couple young guns more ice time necessarily mean the end of our playoff streak?
Also, being tired is a lame excuse. Thankfully, Howard agrees:
"They won in every statistic tonight," Howard said. "Every battle. I'm not going to make that excuse that we were tired or anything like that because I kind of think it's pathetic. We need a better effort out of all of us."
To win in Boston tonight the PP's gonna have to execute.
We got lucky last night. And even the Sabres game, if Vanek hadn't hit iron on that one shot...
Point being, gotta bring our A game tonight, and for the full sixty. And that whole our-power-play-is-our-enforcer business better start, y'know, being true, and stuff.
The Bruins are a very good team that very nearly took the 'hawks to seven in the SCF. I like that I've not seen or heard a single "We basically won the Cup, sort of" from anyone in Bruins Land; their fans (and players, I'd say) are generally classier than they get credit for. (No, I absolutely will not miss tangling with the 'hawks and their legion of braindead bandwagon fans 80 times a season.)
A win tonight would be huge for us, a nice early statement.