The Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings today by a score of 4-2 to win the series 4-1, and will now advance to the next round to play the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs and the Bruins are huge rivals, and the series should be great.
Boston played well today to close the series. All aspects of the team were working well, and in the case of goaltending, were working exceptionally well. The offense was there, the defense was there, and the special teams was there. It was a great all-around game for the Bruins. After losing Game 1 to Detroit, they never really gave Detroit another shot at winning with their dominant playing style, even when they went down 2-0 in Game 4. I was certainly expecting a tougher first round, but Detroit has been plagued by injuries, making it difficult to knock off the best team in the league. Still, Detroit is a great team with a bright future, and I’m happy the Bruins could take them out without too much difficulty.
The Habs swept the Tampa Bay Lightening in Round 1, which was extremely surprising. They’re a good team, but I don’t think they’re good enough to take out Boston. Boston has a lot more depthand experience compared to Montreal, and more importantly, a better blueline. I’m confident the Bruins will defeat the Canadiens. Like Detroit, Montreal won the season series with Boston 3-1, but two of those games were decided by one goal, and Boston just showed that the season series is irrelevant in the playoffs. It’s going to be a great series, and I can’t wait for it to begin!
Obligatory prediction: Bruins in 5
>Go down 2-0 to Detroit
>Overtime win 3-2, go up 3-1 in series
Boston now has a chance to win the series on Saturday on home ice, and I’m hoping the home ice advantage will help with a win. Even after the Bruins went down, they played really hard and came up with a huge win. It’s not good to see them go down 2-0, but the way they played after that is the way championship teams play. Once again, words can’t describe the stellar play of goalie Tuuka Rask. Maybe a couple lucky bounces in this game, but hey, a win is a win, especially in the playoffs.
Hopefully the Bruins win on Saturday! I’ll see you then. Go Bruins!
A textbook victory. Detroit will have no chance if Boston continues to play the way they’ve been playing. Yes, the Bruins capitalized on a couple unusual mistakes by the Red Wings, but they also played an all-around solid game. The special teams was great, and enough can’t be said about the goaltending – Tuuka Rask should be a clear-cut Vezina Trophy winner this year, with the exception of a couple other netminders. If Boston can win the next game, I feel confident they’ll take the series; if they lose, however, things certainly will be interesting. Can’t wait till Game 4!
On a sidenote, who would have thought the Montreal Canadiens would have swept the Tampa Bay Lightening? Incredible. I hope Montreal loses some steam if Boston has to face them in Round 2.
The Boston Bruins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in game 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs opening round.
It was a textbook game for the Bruins. If they keep playing this way, there is no way they’re going to lose the series. They forced the Wings to play their game, and it really worked to their advantage. The offense did its job, the defense did its job, the special teams did its job, and Tuuka Rask was simply incredible. Hoping for more of the same as the series shifts to Detroit, where it won’t be easy by any accounts, but if they stick to their game plan, the may very well come out ahead 3-1 in the series.
‘Till the next game!
The Boston Bruins fell 1-0 to the Detroit Red Wings in the first game of their playoff series.
Goddamn Pavel Datsyuk. He’s only an amazing player when he isn’t against your team, because when he is, you hate him for his creative talent. This was a pretty worrisome game for the offense of the Bruins. Having the best offense in the league wasn’t enough to solve Jimmy Howard and the Wings’ defense. I really hope Boston can pull through in the next game, which will be crucial; you can’t go down 2-0 into the Joe Louis Arena and hope to leave alive.
Well, all isn’t lost yet. I’m anxiously looking forward to the next game!
This is going to be the last non-hockey post for a while because of the NHL 2014 playoffs, so let’s get right into it.
This is Gates’ autogbiography, in which he writes about his years as the Secretary of Defence for the US during the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War. Gates has held several important defense positions in American politics, and was the first Secretary of Defense to serve two Presidents. He’s a respected figure, so I was looking forward to reading this book.
I was disappointed. The content is interesting; any personal insight into somewhate covert politics is fascinating. However, Gates’ method of delivery in the book was boring. Very boring. Extremely boring. I really think Gates would have benefitted by letting an author help him write the book. There were some parts of the book that were engaging, but they were punctuated by long stretches of uninteresting writing. The writing just didn’t appeal to me. A lot of it seemed mundane to me, and slightly repetitive.
That being said, Gates did give (or at least I think he did) an honest account of his years as Secretary of Defence. Part of the writing may well be that the job had repititve and mundane tasks, tasks which were nevertheless necessary to carry out. I really love reading autobiographies, but I wasn’t into this one. I wish Gates would have written a memoir including all the interesting highlights of his illustrious career; he held important positions during the Cold War, for example. He may yet write something like that, but I’d leave this book to the side until then.
If I had to rate this book, I’d give it no higher than a 6.5/10. The writing really isn’t great, as it fails to engage the reader for large periods of the book. I don’t recommend this for a read, simply because it bored me so greatly. I may be wrong, and the book may appeal to other people, but I just don’t see it. If you’re looking for a book to read, I don’t think this is the one; however, please do check out some other reviews on my blog if you need something to read!
I am not going to let the NHL playoffs distract me from more important stuff this year.
….And the whole evening’s been wasted.
Though wasted isn’t the right word. It’s playoffs! Best time of the year. Go Bruins!