Resilient Bruins Will Not Be Rattled

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The Boston Bruins took today off from practice and understandably so. Boston fell short last night, losing the fifth longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history. Following what seemed like a never-ending affair, the Black and Gold were emotionally and physically drained.

Nine Bruins logged 30+ minutes of ice time, 4 of which eclipsed the 40-minute plateau. Dennis Seidenberg led the team with 48:36 played.

Boston registered 54 shots, recorded 59 hits, and blocked a whopping 40 shots.

Game 1 was fast paced, hard-hitting, and truly one to be remembered for some time to come. Despite suffering a crushing defeat, the Bruins played a fantastic road game and that they must be proud of.

In many respects, the triple overtime thriller each side engaged in was quite fluky. It’s not to often that a game progresses so deep and not be decided. But there is a great deal of hope for the Bruins heading into game 2. Claude Julien’s group could have very well of taken the opener, as they have a lot to build upon moving forward.

Two of the goals scored on the Bruins were simply bad bounces. Tuukka Rask stopped 59 shots, marking the most in a Cup game since the legendary Patrick Roy turned aside 63 back in 1996. He was flat out brilliant.

Patrice Bergeron dominated defensively, shutting down Patrick Kane. Bergeron won 27 of 41 draws. Boston’s top line had their way with Chicago, and their top four defenseman looked impenetrable at times.

Boston’s chances of winning game 2 will be much greater if Nathan Horton is able to play. He is an integral part of the Bruins number one trio and is a large reason why they are so dominant.

If he cannot give it a go there’s no need to worry. We can all recall the series against Vancouver two years ago. The Bruins emerged victorious even with Horton sidelined. Obviously it would not be an ideal situation, but never the less, Boston possesses way too much character and talent to be counted out at this particular stage.

In addressing the media Thursday afternoon, Claude Julien summed up the mindset of his team following the tough loss when he said, “I don’t think much is going to rattle our team. We’re a pretty resilient bunch of guys.”

Julien then spoke about who could replace Horton if need be, saying, “We’ve worked everybody hard. There’s nobody in the extra group that isn’t ready right now.”

Sure the Bruins have not trailed in a series this postseason, but that doesn’t mean a thing. Boston has been there and done that. Each and every Bruin is on the same page, as they understand what must be done come puck drop on Saturday.

 Frank O’Laughlin – Lead NHL Contributor – Titletown Sports Network

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