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Analysis by BruinsUnite
As Lucic remarked, “there’s only one way to overcome this 2-0 loss and that’s for the Bruins to unite”
“We’re going to have to unite as a team here, and do it together.” (Video)
But there’s another component missing here: Focus. No fan who knows this team well really doubts that they’re hungry to go further, and some are even hungry for the ultimate prize. But that goal seems so distant right now that the focus must be on the here and now: Game 3.
What keeps a Bruins from plunging into misery right now is the insight that 2 separate commentators contributed this week on The Sports Hub (98.5 Boston). They remarked that a trip to Montreal is just what the Bruins need right now and that the Bruins went into Game 1 with a little too much uninformed confidence; overconfidence makes you gutsy and sloppy. Maybe a taste of the Bell Center is just what the doctor ordered.
Obvious retort: The Bruins haven’t won a game in Montreal in a long time.
Obvious reply: This is the playoffs and an entirely different set of rules apply.
Maybe the Bruins will suddenly start playing like themselves again.
Maybe they’ll stick to short passes, realizing that long passes get intercepted (hear that, Julien?) and score another goal– recall the short-pass goal from Marchand to Bergeron in the last game.
Maybe Lucic will start playing like a professional athlete again.
Maybe Thomas will act like the Vezina winner he is, and begin to control his rebounds.
Maybe they’ll stop turning the puck over and taking unnecessary penalties.
All this doesn’t seem like much to ask, and if it’s what we get from the Bruins, this will suddenly become a 2-1 series and those numbers ain’t bad. A one win difference will calm everyone down from their current state of panic.
One Natural Goal Scorer, Please
The reason for keeping Tyler Seguin out of the lineup was his tendency to make bad judgments, due to inexperience, and turnovers. Of course that’s what everyone else on the Boston Bruins has been doing in Games 1 and 2. What would have been lost if he were to have been added to the lineup then? Nothing. What would have been gained? Maybe a goal. This quickly occurred to me after observing the team’s performance in the first period of Game 2. So it should have occurred to Julien sooner than that.
There was no good reason to keep Seguin out of the lineup. He would at least have brought speed and one natural goal scorer to this team. One natural goal scorer would have tied up the first game and very possibly provided the confidence needed to win the second.
Yes, hindsight is 20/20, but dressing Seguin in Game 2 was a real possibility after observing the team’s performance in Game 1. No, he won’t be the Bruins’ savior (this kind of talk has been flooding the media and is absurd), but at this point, the Bruins can only benefit from his presence.