The 1942 Leafs, the 1975 Islanders, the 2004 Red Sox and the 2010 Flyers. Come Friday night, that just might be the answer to the following question: Which four professional sports teams have come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven game series.
I sure am glad I only have a “Tier III” rooting interest in the Boston Bruins because otherwise, I would be sweating right now, worried that my team was slowly becoming a historical footnote. That is still a ways off but if the Bruins play as poorly on Wednesday as they did last night, then we are headed for a game seven in Boston on Friday and that means all bets are off.
I don’t follow hockey close enough to know exactly went wrong last night. Most accounts claim the Bs showed up with no energy. That seems to be the catch-all explanation for any hockey losses but it seems on the mark to describe last night as the Bruins didn’t do much to knock Philly off the puck. I will also add these two cents: I thought the Bs played stupidly, taking needless penalties that usually resulted in a Flyer rolling around on the ice. Whether it was gratuitous boarding or high sticking, the Bruins seemed more focused on hurting the flyers than beating the flyers.
What happens from here is anyone’s guess. I guess a lot depends on whether Flyer goalie Brian Boucher is done for the series. If he’s out, the Bruins probably gain a big edge. But that assumes Boston netter Tuukka Rask plays better in game six than he did in games four and five. Quite frankly, he has taken a turn for the worse.
And so has the offense. Losing Marco Sturm in game one hurt but injuries happen and he is replaceable. But losing Dave Krejci seems to be another story. The Bruins had very few good chances last night and some of that is probably attributable to losing Krejci, who was probably Boston’s best center through the first nine playoff games. But so what ….. losing Krejci is not exactly like losing Cam Neely, injuries are part of the game and the Bruins needs to find some offense from the guys who are available. The End!
To conclude, I would urge the Bruins to take care of business tomorrow night because they shouldn’t want any part of a game seven, even if it is at home. This bunch lost one of those games last year as a considerable favorite and the pressure will only be worse this go around if they are trying to fight off the Flyers and history. And making matters worse, the sports gods will be watching and after blessing the 2004 Red Sox, they may be looking to even things out. So guys, end it tomorrow!