Game 7 - Bruins v. Blues

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I wonder if this is it for Chara. It just seems like all he has left is being tall. Even before he broke his jaw he was lumbering around not being much of a factor.
 

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Never seen Marchand this emotional before. I got to think with what guys like him, Bergeron and Chara were playing through that they especially wanted this one. Also must feel some responsibility in giving up that 2nd goal. These guys fought their asses off and to lose a championship in this fashion is a complete gut punch.
 

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I wonder if this is it for Chara. It just seems like all he has left is being tall. Even before he broke his jaw he was lumbering around not being much of a factor.
He just signed a 1 year extension at a discounted rate due to the B’s cap so it would be a real dick move to retire and saddle them with a 35+ cap hit. He’s not retiring.
 

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Marchand need only look in the mirror - he didn’t do what was necessary to prevent goal 2. He also almost certainly broke his hand in that hare-brained fucking public scrimmage.

I’m ok with the Bruins losing if they didn’t have the guns to keep up like in 2013. I’m not ok with letting a SCF G7 at home slide because of avoidable injury. Fucks sake, a fucking PUBLIC SCRIMMAGE like they’re the globetrotters or some shit
 

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Marchand need only look in the mirror - he didn’t do what was necessary to prevent goal 2. He also almost certainly broke his hand in that hare-brained fucking public scrimmage.

I’m ok with the Bruins losing if they didn’t have the guns to keep up like in 2013. I’m not ok with letting a SCF G7 at home slide because of avoidable injury. Fucks sake, a fucking PUBLIC SCRIMMAGE like they’re the globetrotters or some shit
...or the 46 Sox
 

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Cherish 2011 is the biggest lesson I’ve taken out of tonight. Teams with all the means in the world can literally go 50+ years without even getting to the point the B’s were at tonight, let alone winning the Cup.
 

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Cherish 2011 is the biggest lesson I’ve taken out of tonight. Teams with all the means in the world can literally go 50+ years without even getting to the point the B’s were at tonight, let alone winning the Cup.
This. So much has to go right for you to even be in the finals. The fact that they’ve been to three and won one without multiple top three picks in their prime is awesome.
 

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Cherish 2011 is the biggest lesson I’ve taken out of tonight. Teams with all the means in the world can literally go 50+ years without even getting to the point the B’s were at tonight, let alone winning the Cup.
Amen. We are kinda spoiled as Boston fans recently.
Most cities would kill to even have the chance to be in the finals, let alone a G7 at home.
Winning championships, despite the last 20 years, is generally a rare occurrence.

It sux to go out w 3/4 losses at home. But it was an amazing year.
Better teams dont always win, just ask all the Pats opponents.
Blues finished G7 and the Bs didnt.
 

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It was far more than one or two plays in a game. At certain points, it was one or two plays a shift.
Sure. Whatever. Dirty plays isn’t why they lost. Physical play is. Sometimes that went into dirty and the Blues paid the price by getting guys suspended and getting roasted on the PP. But if the Bruins couldn’t overcome the loss of their #5 defenseman, there were greater issues at hand. Which there were. Like the first two lines not showing up.
 

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they concussed at least 5 players this postseason with headshots....
So why couldn’t the Bruins overcome it when they only lost their #5 defenseman? The previous games have nothing to do with how they played in the SCF. I also have no idea what the other 4 concussions were but not every hit that leads to a concussion is inherently dirty. I don’t think the one on Gryz was a dirty hit. Happy it got a game but if it didn’t I wouldn’t have been ripshit.
 

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. What a ride! Awesome season! Did not end the way we all wished. I guess congrats to the Blues. To all you who post here thank you. It is a blast checking RMPS.

Sleep well. We shall get thru this. Slainte
 

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The ice quality at the garden for at least Game 5 and 7 was a problem. The puck could just never settle and it showed. Not trying to excuse the loss as the Blues imposed their will throughout the playoffs but losing 3 games at home in a series that goes 7 is an outlier as it is. And there’s no mistaking that the ice was trash in those two games. Constant skipping and bouncing pucks, played right into the hands of the Blues’ style.

The Bruins simply moved the puck a lot better in the Blues barn.
 

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So why couldn’t the Bruins overcome it when they only lost their #5 defenseman? The previous games have nothing to do with how they played in the SCF. I also have no idea what the other 4 concussions were but not every hit that leads to a concussion is inherently dirty. I don’t think the one on Gryz was a dirty hit. Happy it got a game but if it didn’t I wouldn’t have been ripshit.
might have had something to do with having to play the majority of games 2 and 4 down a d-man, and then getting screwed over hard in g5
 

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Sure. Whatever. Dirty plays isn’t why they lost. Physical play is. Sometimes that went into dirty and the Blues paid the price by getting guys suspended and getting roasted on the PP. But if the Bruins couldn’t overcome the loss of their #5 defenseman, there were greater issues at hand. Which there were. Like the first two lines not showing up.
I didn’t say that dirty play was the reason they lost.

I took issue with your silly counterfactual that was both silly and counterfactual.

If you felt better about the point you were making, you wouldn’t have to make up bullshit to support it. And you wouldn’t have to conflate it with a squirrel of the first two lines not showing up.

You do this a lot. It’s super weird.
 

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This was a rough one, but couldn’t quite get over the hump. Had their chances tonight and couldn’t finish, and the Blues could. Came out flying but just couldn’t get past Binnington on their good looks. It hurts, but it’s been a fun run, and most of my disappointment is because this group is older and might not get another shot.
 

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And all those people are Bruins fans! Self included. Your turn.
You complained about the refs and ice multiple times after game 5. What’s changed your opinion? Did the bruins deserve to win tonight? Maybe not. But calling for the ‘wambulance’ and and calling posters whiners is disingenuous. People have their opinions. You shared a lot of them no less than 6 days ago.
 

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Man I wish they could figure out a way to dump Backes and sign Mojo...
They could buy out Backes and sign Johansson on 7/1 if they wanted too. The problem is they have to pay McAvoy and Carlo. And based on their post season performances, their cap numbers are going way up.
 

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You complained about the refs and ice multiple times after game 5. What’s changed your opinion? Did the bruins deserve to win tonight? Maybe not. But calling for the ‘wambulance’ and and calling posters whiners is disingenuous. People have their opinions. You shared a lot of them no less than 6 days ago.
The ice has nothing to do with this. Ice sucked for both teams. So what.

Most of my anger was based on penalties not being called. Dirty has a sense of intentionality to it IMO. I didn’t think anything outside the Barbashev hit was explicitly bad. And he got suspended so I’m fine with that given he wasn’t getting thrown out of the game.
 

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Dirty play had nothing to do with Chara getting hit in the face with a puck. JFC.
You asked why they couldn’t overcome only losing their 5th defenseman.

He answered.

You’re not exactly covering yourself in reading comprehension glory. You’re making LeVar Burton sad.
 

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Dirty play had nothing to do with Chara getting hit in the face with a puck. JFC.
didn't say it did, you asked why they couldn't overcome it in the series, dirty play was only part of it, Chara's injury was just bad luck, but it also killed them in game 4
 

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The talk about the refs, physical play, dirty play is tiring. I was mad after G5 too. But they had 1 game to win the Cup and they just didn't play well enough. Series-wise, they did not play well enough 5v5. They had plenty of chances to score in G5 and G7 and did not get it done. Simple as that.
 

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I didn’t say that dirty play was the reason they lost.

I took issue with your silly counterfactual that was both silly and counterfactual.

If you felt better about the point you were making, you wouldn’t have to make up bullshit to support it. And you wouldn’t have to conflate it with a squirrel of the first two lines not showing up.

You do this a lot. It’s super weird.
I think the Blues has a couple of dirty plays. I don’t think they played an inherently dirty game. You disagree. I used that as a jumping off point of people who seem to be blaming dirty play on the Bruins losing. Which is stupid. Sorry if I mixed up a couple of responses. We can’t all be you.
 

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Truthfully, if you go into the other team's barn and win 3, you deserve it.

That's what I told the Toronto folks before game 7 of that series, and its's true here, too. .250 at home doesn't cut it in any sport, at any time of year
This sucked but at least they showed up. The Habsburg Game 7 a few years ago fucking killed me.


Felger & Maz will shape it as you will assume because fans are dumb.
Not just the fans. As always, don’t listen to those idiots.

Tough way to end a great season.
 

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I think the Blues has a couple of dirty plays. I don’t think they played an inherently dirty game. You disagree. I used that as a jumping off point of people who seem to be blaming dirty play on the Bruins losing. Which is stupid. Sorry if I mixed up a couple of responses. We can’t all be you.
More’s the pity.
 

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Game 5 this and Gryz that. We had Game 7 at home and couldn’t score. That’s the story of the series.
 

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Reread what you wrote then.
You asked why they couldn't overcome dirty play that only cost them their 5th d man, they didn't lose 4 games because of dirty play, it's a 7 game series and they other team are professionals too, but considering dirty play cost them at least 1, arguably 2 games in a 7 game series, I'd say it was a pretty big factor
 

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This one hurts as much as 2011 felt good. Not sure if this core can get back to this position again.
Probably not. Chara’s 43 next year, and there has to be a frank talk about what happens beyond 2020. Bergeron is part of the Class of ‘03, which includes more than a few guys in their mid-30s whose game fell off a cliff the last year or two (prime example being Corey Perry). Krejčí was ‘04 and Marchand ‘06, so they’re likely not far from decline. Rask is an ‘05 draftee, but goalies can age weird often.

They could easily make another run soon, but the odometers on this guys are really starting to get high, and at minimum, others have to make up the eventual difference needed.
 

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Probably not. Chara’s 43 next year, and there has to be a frank talk about what happens beyond 2020. Bergeron is part of the Class of ‘03, which includes more than a few guys in their mid-30s whose game fell off a cliff the last year or two (prime example being Corey Perry). Krejčí was ‘04 and Marchand ‘06, so they’re likely not far from decline. Rask is an ‘05 draftee, but goalies can age weird often.

They could easily make another run soon, but the odometers on this guys are really starting to get high, and at minimum, others have to make up the eventual difference needed.
On the other hand though, look at the young defense core that they’re building. McAvoy, Carlo, and Grzcelyk are already top 4 guys. Vaakanainen and Lauzon are going to be contributing next season. When those guys are all between 25-28 that could be a great position group. The future isn’t bleak in the least.