Boston beat Montreal 4-2 yesterday to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Finally, a game in which Boston actually looked superior by far, and played like the President’s Trophy team that they are.
Simply put, this was Boston’s best game in the series so far. All cylinders were clicking…except for one. The penalty kill has been atrocious in this series, and really needs work if the Bruins are going to win anything this year. Aside from that however, the team played very well. The powerplay was rolling, the Bruins actually controlled the game, and the defense looked better than it has for most of the series. Good to see, and hopefully the Bruins can ride their momentum to a victory tomorrow to close out the series.
On an interesting sidenote, Shawn Thornton got fined almost $3 000 for spraying PK Subban with a water bottle during play late in the third period. I really disagree with this decision. Yes, Thornton should have gotten an unsportsmanlike penalty on the play, but the refs missed it…and how can Montreal complain, when the refs have “missed” so much in this year’s playoffs in their favor? Players shouldn’t be fined as a result of the referees’ incompetence. The officiating this year has been God-awful, and the player safety department (of all the departments!) shouldn’t have to clean up their mess.
I predicted that the team that wins game 5 will take the series, so I’m confident Boston will win this series. Whether that happens tomorrow or later is yet to be seen, but I sure hope it’s sooner rather than later. If ever a team that I support can win the Stanley Cup, it’s the Boston Bruins this year.
So, IB exams are coming up in a few days, so this is likely the last post for a bit over a week. I have a lot of stuff to discuss after that, but right now exams take precedence. I hope you follow it then, and I can’t wait to get back to blogging as soon as possible!