|04.27.11 at 5:53 pm ET|
Join DJ Bean, Mike Petraglia, Joey the Fish and others from TD Garden for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals vs. the Canadiens. It’s do or die for the Bruins, and the blog will open at 6:30 p.m..
|04.27.11 at 5:24 pm ET|
A lot has been made of the fact that the Bruins and Canadiens will be playing Game 7 less than 22 hours after the conclusion of Game 6, raising questions about whether fatigue could be a factor Wednesday night. But the Bruins themselves aren’t too concerned about the turnaround.
“We’re at the stage here that we got trainers, we got good people around,” Claude Julien said. “That’s all been taken care of, and I’m sure it’s the same for the other side. I don’t think there’s much that gets left behind nowadays. Everybody has a job to do and everybody knows how to do it. You rely on your people around you. And our players are pretty well trained athletes as well that know how to hydrate themselves. Certainly we don’t plan on having that as an obstacle tonight.”
Shawn Thornton said Wednesday hasn’t been any different than any other game day.
“I can’t speak for everybody in the dressing room, but nothing,” Thornton said when asked what, if anything, changed in his game-day routine. “We got in early enough last night that I got the same amount of sleep as I normally would. I drank the same amount of coffee. ‘¦ Back-to-backs aren’t a big deal. We do them all the time.”
|04.27.11 at 5:14 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has seen the Bruins come up short in Game 7 multiple times. The team has seen their last three seasons end in such games, and on Wednesday they will go for their first Game 7 victory since 1994. The 32-year-old said prior to Wednesday night’s game vs. the Canadiens that he isn’t worried about the past.
“I’m not big on the history,” Ference said. “I always kind of laugh when they say ‘all-time records’ or ‘in past years, the Bruins have done this or that.’
“It really is in the moment. You play for today. What happened last year, the year before or the last 80 years of these teams playing each other, doesn’t have an effect on tonight. What happens out there is determined by the players on these teams.”
Claude Julien can certainly agree with his defenseman. All of Julien’s seasons in Boston to this point have ended with a Game 7 loss, but it’s the last thing the coach wants to think about.
“I think what’s in the past is in the past and you got to play for the present,” Julien said. “This is a pretty simple message, but that’s the message that you have to have playing those types of games. You’ve got to put everything behind you and look at what you need to do here to win.”
|04.27.11 at 5:04 pm ET|
With just two hours until the start of Game 7, Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo! Sports writes that the Bruins have no one — including the referees — to blame but themselves for again failing to put away a team in the postseason. Here’s the final paragraph of the Cotsonika column:
The Bruins weren’t able to bury yet another opponent, and if they don’t bury the Canadiens on Wednesday night, it won’t matter how they tried or how hard they worked. They will have had their chances, too many chances, only to keep falling short and keep their Stanley Cup drought at 39 years and counting.
|04.27.11 at 4:15 pm ET|
If you get a chance — though I’m sure you are already tuning in — listen to Rob Bradford on The Big Show as he simultaneously defends and yet manages to try and throw Claude Julien under the bus. A masterwork of double speak, really.
As we get closer to the start of Game 7, an interesting look from Michael Farber at how the Canadiens have developed a habit of winning elimination games (a hint: it has a lot to do with Carey Price).
|04.27.11 at 3:08 pm ET|
The Canadian Press is reporting that the Montreal police will be closing a large stretch of downtown Montreal during Game 7 on Wednesday.
“The police won’t tolerate any mischief or indiscipline from people or fans wanting to celebrate downtown,” Chief Inspector Sylvain Lemay said.
About a half-mile of the downtown will be closed off in an attempt to slow down the rioting that has become almost an annual happening in the city following a Canadiens series. In May of 2010, police were forced to use tear gas to combat fans after Montreal’s Game 7 win over the Penguins. Stores were looted and bottles were thrown at police in the aftermath of the win, leading to 41 arrests.
|04.27.11 at 2:15 pm ET|
Mitch Melnick of The Team 990 in Montreal was a guest of Mut and Merloni in the final hour of the show. Melncik — who picked the Bruins to win the series in seven games — called the officiating in Game 6 “an abomination” and “a total horror show.” Click here to listen to the entire interview.
If the Bruins lose, what’s the over/under on page views for this tomorrow?