You never really wanna lose and throw a game to play the team you want in the playoffs in NY.
And while I think Sens match-up extremely against Rangers and I think that team overachieved this year, that is just a bad mentality going into the playoffs.
Teams tend to do well when everyone counts them out in a series compared to NYR who have not looked good against Ottawa in 3 out of the 4 games this year and will be looking to change that and Lunqvist in net.
Just get ready for Boston, show-up be physical and hope Anderson can play with Thomas. If they do that they will give themselves a chance.
If Andy isn't good enough, so be it. At least we know what we need to do there.
If Thomas is lights out so be it..just go the net hard though.
If Boston out works us every single game...I would be disappointed but would tin my hat to them
But other than those 3 things Bruins aren't the type of team that can afford to not show up in a given game and steal a game because they don't have game breakers....like Pittsburgh or Chicago.
Sens can walk into Boston, get completely outplayed, and if say Andy stands on his head a single or two plays by Spezz, Karlsson, or even ALfie can take the game.
On one hand i think the Sens have a better shot at upsetting the Rangers than the Bruins. But on the other, i'd hate to go into the playoffs on a three game losing streak.
Yeah that's my dilemma on cheering during this game as well. I think both NYR/BOS are going to be tough to beat, but at least there is more hope against the NYR since Ottawa has played well against them this year.
Win or lose I'm just hoping to see Karlsson break Lidstrom's record or at least get 20 goals to break the Ottawa defenseman record.
I don't even know what I want in this game. Basically I want them to fight hard, but it wouldn't be the worst thing if we lose by 1 goal. I don't see much of a chance against the Bruins because well... look at our record with them. I think we can play the Rangers and even beat the Rangers, not saying it'll be easy but I believe the team could do it. So best case scenario, they come out fighting, make maybe a stupid play, lose by 1 goal but still have a solid game. Then all we can do is hope Washington & Florida win and we're set!
This is it, boys. The end of the regular season. Who'd have thought that this Auld crew could Ko-knock-pa on the door to the playoffs in a rebuilding year? For such a Green-ing crew of rookies and veterans who have been around since before the Kuban revolution, this team has given sport pundits who predicted a last-place finish no argument to Fo-lignon. I'll admit, I was skeptical at the first of the year, too. It seemed like a Turris trap: efficient at first but sure to collapse. Unlike Don Brennan, I was wrong.
It's hard not to do well when your #1C is doing his best impression of a Spezz Dispenser: giving out assists like they were candy. It was just a matter of time before underperforming players would be shown to the Daug-house. The Butler may have served up the missed shots, but he sure couldn't serve a goal to save his life. But if there's one thing this team has taught me, it's that we shouldn't have a Cow-en when things aren't going our way. Even when we were treated like bigger jokes than Kids in the Mic-hal-ek, we proved the haters wrong. We proved the doubters wrong. I was wrong.
Condra-ry to popular opinion, though, we didn't need to blow it up. All we needed was a blackSmith who knew how to get all parts clicking. Paul MacLean is that blackSmith. With a Klink of his coaching Hammer, he's turned us into contenders seemingly overnight. He's gotten us to play tighter than a Phillips screwdriver. Gon-char the days where we were a lowly Bishop in the chess game that is the NHL. We're now full-fledged Rooks. Side note, chess metaphors are so h-Andy when you've got a guy named Bishop.
The fact is, our team may be built weirder than Alf. Maybe last year, we just couldn't find our Cark-eys and get the team revving up. Some of our defencemen look like they should have Gil-s, because they look like fish out of water. But hey, no matter what Regin you're watching from, no matter how ine-brien-ated this team makes you want to be sometimes, the goal going into the playoffs has to be a simple one. Just Win-chester.
I leave you with the man, the myth, the legend, the un-punnable: Erik Karlsson.