We shall see. B's are playing last road game of the 6. It's 3 rd game in 4th nights..should be tough. I don't see 6-1 blow out. Really...why? Unless they committ al those stupid penalties again...5-on-5 B's were decent this year.
After Dallas game B's offensive aspect has been improved and lines started to gel. Finally Knuble is playing on the first line with Thornton and Murray again. Third line of Axelsson - Rolston - Bergeron is also doing some scoring. Surprisingly even line #4 is providing some offense for us.
Still Samsonov - Green - Lapointe line while doing many good things isn't scoring much (if it ever will...too much of a talent difference).
I think key for the B's to this game:
1) Discipline!!! No stupid and unnecessary penalties.
2) Play physical like in the last 2 games.
3) Goaltending...was good in all games this year. Must be exellent in this one.
4) Don't fall 0-3 or 1-3 again early. I don't see another come from behind game.
I would say 4-3 Colorado or 3-2 Bruins...although 4-3 B's is also possible.
I don't think the smaller Avs will be able to handle the bigger Bruins squad. A very small, offensively gifted top 6 can only carry a team so far...
This is only if B's will actually decide to hit...and play. We've seen everything this year from ugly and boring B's against Dallas and Panthers to B's that really wanted to win no matter what against LA and Anaheim.
Well... Which B's team will show up?... If the first it will be complete disaster (and B's know it), if the second...well then who knows.
I promise one thing ..it won't be a boring game to watch....
Sakic, Hejduk, Samsonov, Foppa, Muzz, Kariya, Thornton,Salami, Rolston, Tanguay, new Knuble in one game can't be boring!!!
If you are interested in rookies look for Patrice Bergeron. For 18 years old second rounder he's got some underrated skills and maturity.
I didn't like the Avs' effort on the Bruins goal. Tanguay was just floating about 2 feet from where Foote was...yeesh. Crap, Forsberg lazily tried to one-hand the loose puck and missed it completely...leaving Rolston wide open to wrist it home.