There are few phrases the draw the fire of chowderheads as easily as "this is their Stanley Cup’, and with good reason! It’s an excuse to take the blame away from an underperforming team losing to a non-contender, for reasons like "resting" or "not needing to send a message". The users of the phrase say. If our team is going to make the playoffs, why should we worry about dropping a few games to Buffalo?
Because the playoffs are a different beast altogether. Just on the first round, we’ve been on both sides of underestimating an opponent- failing in games five and six to eliminate the Toronto Maple Leafs, giving them confidence- and eventually- a 4-1 lead halfway through the third period of game 7. Toronto was playing the better Hockey, and it was their Stanley cup.
Then the Bruins got confident. Three straight goals, by Horton, Lucic , and then Bergeron sent the game to overtime. The bear had finally woken up. We’ve seen the flashes throughout the season, but something was different this time- the bear stayed awake, winning the game in overtime.
The first game against New York was just as promising, despite the, again, close score. Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski stepped up. Game two was a 5-2 dissection of Henrick Lundqvist. Game three is tonight, and this is where we’ll find out if the team is ready to roll over and keep hibernating, or become the beast of the east once again, and step on the throat of the Rangers, and every other team we will have to play. Choke the Breath out of them and keep rolling. This isn’t about this game, or this series.
This is our Stanley Cup. Time to fight tooth and nail to prove it.