The Six Inches….In Front of Your Face!

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Cam Wants It

Cam Wants It

I don’t know what to say really. Three hours to the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today. Either we heal, as a team, or we are going to crumble. Inch by inch, play by play ’til we’re finished. We are in hell right now, gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here and get the s*** kicked out of us or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell, one inch at a time

That’s the Al Pacino speech from Any Given Sunday but it could just as easily be a transcript of what Cam Neely is going to tell this Bruins team before tonight’s Game 6. 

Looch Wants It

Looch Wants It

Over the last 2 days, Game 6 has turned into something bigger than a second round NHL playoff matchup. It has become a full-fledged battle, a hockey war, to be fought between two entirely different schools of thought. On one side you have the cheap shot artist Hurricanes, who think it’s acceptable to slash legs from behind and punch defenseless guys in the face. On the other you have the Bruins, an original-six squad and the NHL’s marquee blue-collar hockey team. When Scott Walker suckered Aaron Ward in Game 5, a line was drawn in the sand. Those Bruins who wish to defend their dignity and respect will step over that line tonight, and fight for a win. 

Tonight’s game is not about retribution for Walker’s cheap shot. It’s not about proving that the Bruins deserved to be the number one team out of the East. It’s certainly not about exacting revenge on the Carolina Hurricanes.

Sugar wants it

Sugar Wants It

Tonight’s game is about dominance. It’s about wanting it more than the other guy. It’s about sticking up for your teammates and protecting that guy next to you. Really, it’s a reflection of everything that’s good and pure about the game of hockey. 

Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, they made it about this. It was the worst possible thing they could have done. In Games 2-4, it looked like the Bruins had forgotten why they were here. They were sloppy and tired, and they let the Canes push them around. They weren’t hungry. They weren’t mad. 

Now they’re mad. 

Milan Lucic has only to look at Aaron Ward’s bruised face to know exactly what this game is about. Ward is ready. He told reporters today that after looking at an x-ray of his face, a doctor advised him to wear a shield. 

“I haven’t worn one in 16 years,” was Ward’s response. “I’m not going to start now.”

I bet the captain, Zdeno Chara, took note of that. Felled by a cheap slash in Game 5, Big Z knows better than anyone what needs to happen tonight in Raleigh. The fans will be loud, sure, but the Bruins need to be bigger, and badder, and better than anyone in that arena.

O'Reilly Wants It

O'Reilly Wants It

And they will be. Because each and every guy on that roster wants it and now they have a target.

Expect them to find that target tonight, more than once.

Now I can’t make you do it. You got to look at the guy next to you. Look into his eyes! Now I think you’re gonna see a guy who will go that inch with you. You’re gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team because he knows, when it comes down to it, you’re gonna do the same for him!

That’s a team gentlemen. And either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals.

Now, what are you gonna do?


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