Arguable. But, it was inevitable. Knew they were cooked when Bergeron wiffed. What were they going to do in the next round w/o him anyway?
Moving TT would be akin to the habs trading Roy, or the Devils trading Broduer. No TT, we lose that series in 5 or 6, even less. Rask can sign and prove he can stay healthy, and that he deserves the #1, and not a moment sooner.
Detroit has a ton of cap, just as much prestige, and he and Suter want to sign together. No guarantees, they may have to make moves some aren't going to like.
B's have to get back to where they were w/ Savard. Having no PP cost them that series, they were lucky to ever win a Cup w/o one to begin with. They need to get faster while they're at it.
Thomas was outplayed by a rookie; Krejci didn't show up; PP is abyssal... It's going to be an interesting off-season.
Ineffective PP, Bergy at 50%, no Horton, no McQuaid... it all caught up with us.
Strange end to a rather strange season.
But the future looks positive all the same.
Thanks for the ride boys.
This has me worried.
Who ever dissed him for the open net has no clue...the puck was bouncing and he is obviously not at 100%
He got his bell rung once this series and was mostly ineffective since....I also think there has to be some type of upper body injury and/or a groin issue....he's our best faceoff man and he only took one all night long? In a seventh game?
I don't think Horton will ever be the same and when he went down it altered the lines far more than they should've....so much for the vaunted depth claim.
McQuaid has some of the same issues. His nastiness is part of his game and if that is neutralized...well, we'll need another #4/#5.
To me, the Bruin of the series was Seidenberg....he absolutely ate Ovie up and was cool, calm and collected out there, seemingly making the right play almost every time.
Overall, the Caps did what they had to do and you have to applaud them for it. It wasn't pretty but it sure was effective.
Its a game of inches boys. I personally think the caps have a shot against anyone in the east. For those people trying to say we didnt deserve to win -----well we did about as much as they did---flip a coin. Who knows what wouldve happened if we won. Look at the montreal series last year -we deserved that less than this one. We won all 3 ot game. Once it get to ot its usually a flip of a coin bergy had the game on his stick couldnt do it--they come down minorly bump thomas and put in a rebound. I think the powerplay has too many problems to address. I love julien but i dont like our powerplay personel--id have seguin krej on the 1st unit all the time---will that fix it no but throwing rolston up front and pouliot who i like in general on the num 1 pp just doesnt make sense to me. I really dont think we have great pp personel but we should be able to get a little better. I know all you guys hate wideman and im fine with the trade but P.C has been trying to replace him since he left without any sucess. the injury to bergy hurt bad especially on draws they ate us up on important ones tonight. I told you guys after game 6 it was going to be a nail biter game 7 i didnt really get how people thought six-one goal three overtime games was suddenly going to go away. This is the nhl of 2011-2012 and so on---everyone is so so close. Both goalies played very good but make no mistake neither one won or lost it. We flipped a coin and lost ---fortantly last year we won them all and had one great time.
We didn't deserve this series. Absolute garbage series. We never once played our game and we deserved to lose. The better team won.
Totally agree. We played tentative pretty much the whole series. It was obvious that some key parts were missing this year, like Horton, Rex and Ryder. The injuries didn't help but the will to win just wasn't there this year. even with the injuries there were way too many passengers, escpecially for a game seven. Like I said in the last game thread I want to see both DK and Lucic gone, especialy Lucic who is as slow as molasses. And they can take the stinky poo with them. Some replacement he was for Ryder. Looks good on ya Chia, who also failed miserably in not adding scoring depth at the deadline. And don't get me started about the PP because it was beyond sad, just like last year, but lady luck was on our side last year.
Changes must be made if we are to be a legitimate contender next year, starting with the suggestion above.
I admit I never expected this team to repeat as cup winners-I just think it is too hard a trophy to repeat. However I did hope they would get deeper.
I think injuries caught up to the B's this year. I also admit that when Bergeron was injured and clearly couldn't take face offs, I had doubts the team could get any deeper than the 2nd round even if they survived this game.
I am sad, and wish they had gone deeper, but now they get to rest the rest of the summer, hopefully acquire a few players to fill some holes, and even more hopefully fire the PP coach and get a better one.
Then the team can come back next year ready to fight.
This^. Making it all the way to the Cup last year allows us long time fans to take a less bitter perspective on 1st round loss. I'm interested to see what moves they make over the summer, pretty likely that Timmy might be moving on.
Really hope the Flyers don't win the East.
Caps celebrated a round 1 win like they should be carrying the cup around center ice, ummmm few more to go boys and it gets harder from here, Caps out in 2nd round guarunteed , just no depth.
ummmmm?.... they just beat the heavily favoured the reigning Stanley cup champs in OT of game seven. They should be able to celebrate however they want. I have no doubt that we would have celebrated the same way if we had scored. And to say they're not deep? They beat us and we're a deep team.
Just saw a post game interview with Bergeron. He has to be one of the classiest guys in the league. And is tough to boot - I wonder specifically what his injury is....shoulder, ribs? Bruins couldn't win a power play face off tonight without him...
agree. LIke I said in the other thread. I feel like we have had no offseason from last year. The players must be exhausted. There is a reason 9 of the last 11 cup winner are bounced in round 1 the following year.
I mean I am tired from the last to years and I am not playing.
Too few people realize or understand this. The playoffs are a modern-day running of the gauntlet anyway, and the Bruins played almost the equivalent of an extra third of a season last spring. The toll it takes must be staggering.
And citing Pittsburgh and Detroit as repeat winners is silly - that was before the salary cap and the insane parity we have today.
Guess some people just don't appreciate the finer points of the game like shot blocking, defense, great goaltending.
FWIW Holtby was good becuase the Caps stuck to the plan and played solid team D in front of him.
Time to give them some credit. They just dropped the deffending champs.
Simply because the Bruins never play in this series like the defending champs. The Caps weren't really better, by a big margin the less intersting serie even if my favorite team, thats tell you how I found this serie.
honestly, the whole season has been painful, the Bruins had streaks of good games, but overall there was confusion and an overall neutering of the Bruins game this year after coming off the Cup win
Chara has played soft all year, Lucic ends up in the box the moment he tries to play anything even half his game, suspensions, the league willfully took the Bruins game away from them all season and the effects carried into the playoffs where we saw almost no physicality the whole series
the Vancouver Boston game way back in the middle of the season was the turning point of despair for me when I saw how the league was going to take the Bruins game out of the game and we would be vulnerable and likely doomed