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Game 4, Eastern Conference Semi’s = Game 3, 2004 ALCS

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2009 at 4:27 am
Gut check time for the B's

Gut check time for the B's

Game 4 of the Bruins’ Round 2 series against the Hurricanes tonight felt a lot like Game 3 of the ALCS against the Yankees in 2004. Both games were blowouts. Both were brutally frustrating to watch. And both Boston squads looked like beaten teams.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 3 0 3 5 2 0 4 0 2 19 22 1
Boston 0 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 15 0

We all know what the Red Sox did in 2004, down 3-0. Can the Bruins find it within themselves to do it against the Canes, down 3-1? I don’t know. Tonight wasn’t encouraging. The B’s looked great for the first five minutes and I really thought they were going to turn things around. Then the Canes netted a cheap goal after a stupid penalty and that was that.

And what was with the healthy scratch of Shawn Thornton? Sugar 22 is only guy who comes out each and every night and gives it everything he’s got. He works hard during every minute he plays and he absolutely hates coming off the ice after shifts. Watch him – he milks his shifts for all their worth, flying around looking for action well after all of his line mates have left the ice. And have you ever seen him during the anthem? He bounces around like a boxer before a title match. Maybe Claude wanted to shake things up, give Bitzy a chance. Maybe he was looking for a spark. I can’t blame him. But Bitz didn’t show me one damn thing out there tonight, so I fully expect to see 22 back where he belongs on Sunday – on the ice, in Boston, for game 5.

So can they do it? You’re asking me. But I will say this:

I didn’t give up on the Sox in 2004 after they lost 19-8 to the Yanks in New York. And I’m sure as hell not giving up on this 2009 Bruins team. The Garden better be ready to go on Sunday night. There’s a lot of work to be done.

There’s only one thing to turn to in times like these. Cue it:

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