Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Canucks @ Bruins Preview: Game 4

The loss of Horton is one that is going to sting. He is probably the Bruins 2nd best scorer, and there is very little they can do to make up for that. Yet, the Bruins have a lot going for them. Thomas proved he is by far the best player in this series. Most people didn't notice just how good he was in Game 3, but he might have been the most impressive player.

The Bruins also could be in Roberto Luongo. He looked terrible and the Bruins learned all they really just need to go high on this guy and he can't handle it. So, maybe this is the beginning of the end for him.

The Bruins came out with a vengeance once Horton was knocked out. That won't be the same tonight and I expect a much closer game. That being said, when I think of this series it makes me think back to 2002 when McLaren injured Richard Zednik of the Montreal Canadiens with an elbow to the face and was suspended for 3 games. The Bruins got crushed the rest of the series and eventually lost the series 4-2. I think this is going to be a similar event for the Canucks. The Bruins lost the better player, but this team now has a rallying cry.

The only thing that worries me is that the refs are going to call such a tight game that there will be a ton of penalties. We all know that favors the Canucks, but I will side with the vengeance/momentum over banking on the refs.

Bruins win 4-2
Player of the Game: Thomas (goes without saying), and Peverley
Game starts at 8pm on Versus

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