Hockey fans have a love/hate relationship with Game 7’s. If your favorite team is playing in a one, it can be as dreadful as it is exciting. If your favorite team isn’t playing, it’s a thrilling spectacle.
It’s all or nothing for the Bruins tomorrow night against Toronto. Win and move on, lose and hit the golf course. The big question that looms over all of Wednesday: will they win?
In taking the temperature of the fan-base online, many B’s fans aren’t too confident. The Bruins have really struggled to find the back of the net over the past three games. Tuukka Rask hasn’t been the greatest, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that the defense hasn’t been too hot either.
The B’s have been pretty snake bitten especially over the past two games, scoring only four goals in those two contests.
The key to winning Game 7 is pretty obvious: solve Frederik Andersen. The Bruins must get him moving and get quality shots on goal, not like the dozen they fired right at his chest in Game 5.
While Rask has born the brunt of the criticism, some blame needs to be placed on the defense. The Bruin blueliners have really struggled at times in the series. Kevan Miller has probably been one of the best defenseman. Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, and even Zdeno Chara have struggled to contain the speedy young guns of the Maple Leafs.
If anyone’s looking for a reason to be confident going into tomorrow, just look at the history books. In 2013, the Bruins took a 3-1 series lead against the Leafs and failed to finish the series in Games 5 and 6. You remember what happened in Game 7 that year (though it’d be great to avoid the whole “three-goal deficit” thing).
My take? I think the Bruins take home a Game 7 win tomorrow night. Am I confident about it? No, not really.
But I think in the end, the Bruins will move on to the second round. They have a much more talented team and solved Andersen earlier in the series.
All they need is one more.