It’s playoff time baby!
With just over 48 hours until the B’s take the ice at the Garden to kick off what promises to be another thrilling cup run this city could not be more ready. On the heels of an emotional memorial to the tragic events that occurred at the marathon last year, it’s time to once again show the world what Boston is made of.
It’s not like the B’s haven’t been blowing the doors off almost every team in the NHL all year, but the playoffs are a new level – a clean slate. In a best of seven series any team can get hot. Pucks will bounce, and any team can get lucky. It’s nearly impossible to predict the outcome of a hockey game. All of this is completely true, but in this series anyone who thinks Detroit has a stone’s throw chance at moving past the B’s should save it and go buy a Tiger’s hat.
I could not be more shocked at how much people are raving about Detroit. They barely made the playoffs! I don’t care how hot they’ve been in April, the Bruins have been on absolute fire since the word “go.” Sure, it’s an original six match up and the Red Wings are a team dripping with history. But unfortunately for Babcock’s crew they are caught in a chapter of Bruin’s history besieged by heroes and bursting at the seams with victory.
As Bruin’s fans we are left to think what could be next? After Horton’s overtime goal against Montreal in 2011, the Cup Finals against those weasels in Vancouver, and the surreal comeback that shattered the city of Toronto’s spirit last year even Scorsese couldn’t write it better.
I get that Detroit is a good hockey town with a solid team this year, but I just don’t care. The Bruins lost the season series 3-1 blah, blah, blah. The B’s won the President’s Trophy with the best record in the NHL and I bet they’ve already forgotten about it. The regular season is nothing to hang your hat on. Right now, it doesn’t matter.
With the impending absence of captain Henrik Zetterberg, the Wings are counting on some younger talent to step up as they’ve done late in the regular season to get them a playoff berth. It just won’t work. Young guns like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tartar are going to look like little kids being pushed around on the playground by the enormous foreign exchange student from Slovakia. I’ll take the group with proven playoff experience every day of the week.
People making this a six or seven game nail-biter of a series can take a lap. Detroit is a fine team, but the Bruins are simply unstoppable. Tuukka will stand on his head and Jimmy Howard is going to get peppered harder than a fat kid during dodge ball in gym class.
As Ham Porter said in The Sandlot, “Hurry up batter. It’s gonna be a short game and I gotta get home for lunch.”
Bruins in 5 –Detroit steals one at home off the stick of the Magic Man Datsyuk.