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Monday, May 13, 2013

Puckmania: Game 7!

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Puckmania: Game 7!
By Wild on Sports NHL Analyst Josh Tarr

“I had to give this prediction a lot of thought. Neither team is standing out right now in any positive sort of way, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, the Bruins just don’t let up many goals, especially on the PK. That seems to be Toronto’s specialty. If Phil Kessel does well in this series, maybe that changes the outcome, but I don’t believe he shows up.
Bruins win”

April 29th, 2013

I’m surprised to see how accurate this prediction has been, sans Kessel, but many other factors have come into play during this series. The resurgence in the play of Leafs goalie James Reimer, who has suddenly found control in his rebounds and found a way to stay on top of the puck. The leafs defense has kept Bruins forwards away from the front of the net and zeroed in on their scoring chances. The Seguin-Bergeron-Marchand line has been completely shut down and of course, Phil Kessel has been very productive through the first six games of this series.

The series will be decided tonight in Boston. The winner moves on, and the loser tees off at 9:30 tomorrow morning- if this happens to be the Bruins, Claude Julien may be looking for a new job.

Is this fair? No, not at all, however, the power of sports media in Boston has such a strong influence on the course of it’s executive decisions that the Bruins may not have a choice but to look for a new leader behind the bench.

This is not the first time Julien is on the hot seat before a game 7. Two years ago when the Bruins played the Canadiens in the first round, the Boston media was hyping the importance of that game to the point where many believed a loss would be the end of his tenure.

So, if the Bruins lose tonight, which I think they will, I seriously hope Claude Julien gets another chance with this team. A lot of people under estimated the Maple Leafs in this post season and that should not be put on the coach. If anything, that should be put on the Boston media which completely dictates the minds of those who are incapable of making up their own.


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