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After the game, I needed to calm down. At about the midway point of the third period of game 6, I started to lose hope that the Bruins would win. IT’s been about an hour since the end of the game, and I am slightly less angry. But, please, allow me to vent this morning for this is the only space I feel comfortable doing it besides terrorizing my dog by constantly yelling at my television screen and threatening to punch it out.
I am just so very angry.
What team is this? The team I watched over the course of the season seemed to grow stronger as they grew more injured. The team I watched knew how to keep the puck in the attacking zone during a power play. The team I watched seemed to know how to complete passes, even to conduct blind passes, and seemingly knew where each of their teammates were on the ice as if they had eyes on all sides of their head.
How could the team I watched all season let this Leafs team back in the series? Sure, the regular season record against the Maple Leafs wasn’t great, but they managed to win one while still going through their injury crisis. I need not remind you that the beginning of this series started out with blowout wins by he Bruins. Is that what’s fooled me? Was that just an aberration that I was fooled to think would be the norm?
I have believed in this team all season, even when they started off poorly and injuries hit critical mass. And I’m not sure how I feel about the game on Wednesday. Will the threat of elimination make this team play like we’ve seen them do before?
One thing that I’m sure about is that Tuukka Rask was not the problem last night. In fact, I defended Tuukka Rask against the know-nothings who want Dobby to start game 7. Did you know that Tuukka is supposed to motivate his team? Or that Dobby apparently does such a good job cheerleading that the team plays differently in front of him? Yeah, I didn’t know these were things.
Don't be that guy. Tuukka was not the problem tonight.
— VA (@VAfromRI) April 24, 2018
Game 7 is at 7:30 on Wednesday night in Boston. If you are an avowed superstitionist, please have all your appropriate clothing items/ food/ beverages on hand. The B’s need all the help they can get to win this one.
Post Script: Watching an episode of Aggretsuko on Netflix totally made me feel better.