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Finally…Game 6 Returns to the Garden!

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm

 

Tonight I’ll be watching the Black & Gold from the last row of the Garden for the first time in many months.

(I couldn’t make it to the opener, and I’m pretending that game never happened anyway).

As a Bruins fan, I want to say that anything less than a Stanley Cup Finals appearance will be a disappointment.

As a detached observer, I’m saying the same damn thing.

This Bruins team is young, it’s skilled, and it’s tough and it belongs in the hunt for a banner.

But some – many, even – will say that last year’s squad overachieved; that they got lucky; that they played over their heads. Some will say that without disgruntled forward Phil Kessel, this Bruins team can’t score. ┬áThose critics will just point to the first game against the Capitals and say, “Look! No Kessel means no goals!”

Some will say that the Bruins of last year were an aberration; a fluke; a freak outlier in the middle of a long, consistent string of futility. “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while,” they’ll say.

To them I say this:

Just watch.

This Bruins team is a group constructed around rugged warriors like Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara. They have skill up front and strength in back. And they have a Vezina-winning hothead named Tim Thomas minding the net, and a guy behind him in Tuukka Rask who has the potential to be just as good. If not better.

So, the haters can hate and the critics can criticize, but the fact is this:

The group of guys taking the ice tonight at the Garden know how to win, and they will. Because of them, Boston is a hockey town once again.

And that’s not going to change any time soon.

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