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davetherave

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SCP '09 GAME DAY: TUESDAY MAY 12--BOSTON AT CAROLINA, 7PM ET BosBoston at SCP '09 GAME DAY: TUESDAY MAY 12--BOSTON AT CAROLINA, 7PM ET CarCarolina


GAME SIX, STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS EAST SEMIFINALS
HURRICANES LEAD SERIES 3-2

7:00 PM ET, May 12, 2009
RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina

TSN/RDS/Versus

Bruins-Hurricanes Preview

MORE FROM ESPN:http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/preview?gameId=290512007

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Boston Bruins aren't going down without a fight. Or several of them, actually.

One loss from early elimination, hockey's top remaining seed got itself back into the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Carolina Hurricanes with a series of hard hits, bruising checks -- and, yes, an occasional skirmish.

After cutting the Hurricanes' lead in the best-of-seven series to 3-2 with a shutout romp in Game 5, the Bruins are looking to even things in Game 6 on Tuesday night and go back to Boston for a decisive Game 7.

This much has become clear: What was a surprisingly one-sided affair for a while suddenly has become a series again -- and one with a rough edge, if not some old-fashioned hatred.

"I know we're a team that plays on the edge, as far as being physical and playing with a lot of emotion that way, and (Game 5) was certainly more our type" of game, Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday. "Now whether it plays more to our advantage, I don't know. It's certainly the type of game that we want to play."

Except, of course, when it costs him a key player.

Defenseman Aaron Ward was a question mark after he was dropped to the ice in the final minutes of Game 5 by a right cross from Carolina's Scott Walker, who was not suspended but was fined $2,500 by the league. Team doctors who initially feared Ward had a broken orbital bone were re-evaluating him Monday, and the defenseman was expected to travel to Raleigh.

A day later, the knockdown remained a hot topic for both teams. Julien called it a sucker punch, Boston forward Shawn Thornton vowed to remember it and Carolina forward Erik Cole simply said of it: "That's hockey."

"We have long memories, how about that?" Thornton said. "It's not something you can obviously address this time of year. Winning games is more important than anything else. But things are not forgotten."

That dustup marked the crescendo of a chippy game that featured a combined 29 penalties and 83 penalty minutes and at times devolved into "Slap Shot" hockey. Carolina defenseman Tim Conboy twice came to blows with Bruins and Boston's Milan Lucic delivered the hardest legal hit of the night when he checked Dennis Seidenberg by the corner boards to set up the first goal.

That started a flurry of scoring in which the Bruins began to resemble the group that claimed the No. 1 seed in the East, swept Montreal in the first round and won its first five playoff games before dropping three in a row to Carolina. They hope the 4-0 victory gave them confidence that they finally have figured out Carolina goalie Cam Ward, who in Games 2-4 held them to a total of three goals during his three-game winning streak.

"We lost our focus a little bit. I think we got caught up into their style of game," Cam Ward said. "We were taking a little bit more penalties than we did in the first few games, and got caught up in what was going on after the whistle was blown. We've just got to get back to back to playing the way we did in the previous three games.

"We're still in a good situation."

The way the Hurricanes see it, losing in such lopsided fashion might wind up working to their advantage because -- unlike those nagging one-goal losses that usually lead to soul searching at this time of year -- this one was easy to forget.

"The good news is, it wasn't one of those heartbreaking losses that lingers," Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour said. "That one's pretty much easy to put behind you."

Now the heat is on the Hurricanes to close out the series on home ice.

They would prefer not to make another trip to Boston for a winner-take-all Game 7, a matchup in which they'd face both the pressure of possibly blowing a 3-1 series lead and the wrath of Bruins fans who certainly won't forget Walker's knockdown of Aaron Ward.

"It's not a must-win because we'd have another one," Brind'Amour said. "But we definitely, obviously, want to take care of it here."

davetherave

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OK...who wins this one?

Predictions of the score?

Heroes?

Zeroes?

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Canes take this one tonight, but it will be a one goal game, you don't embarrass Ward like that twice in a row. 3-2 or 4-3 Carolina with Samsonov getting the winner.

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B's take this one.

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If Ward can win this series, I think there will be a a lot of consideration for Ward as the starter for the 2010 Olympic team.

Luongo has dropped the ball in a large way, and a lot like Spezza has never shown he can come up big, in big situations. Luongo is on a very sketcy path right now.

As of today, Ward is the best goaltender Cananda has.

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Neely4Life wrote:If Ward can win this series, I think there will be a a lot of consideration for Ward as the starter for the 2010 Olympic team.

Luongo has dropped the ball in a large way, and a lot like Spezza has never shown he can come up big, in big situations. Luongo is on a very sketcy path right now.

As of today, Ward is the best goaltender Cananda has.

Luongo definitely cracked under the pressure in the series against the Hawks.

His tearful postgame interview was--and I was shocked to see his lack of fortitude--pathetic.

Ward has worked on his game diligently, and shown he has the strength of character to be a leading candidate for the Olympic squad.

Right now though, Cam Ward is just focused keeping some hungry bears at bay.



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If Ward can knock off the two "in season" favorites to come out of the East, he will have his spot on that Olympic team, be it as the 1, 2, or 3 guy.

Ward is most defently proving to be one of the best (maybe the best) current money goaltender in the game.

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Anyone think that giving Luongo the "C" distracted him in the post season?

Normally, goalies are left to themselves in the post season, but when you have the "C", there are other expectations.

EDIT: This should have been in the Van/Chi thread... oops.



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Giving Luongo the "C" is irrelivant IMO. Its a little extra white paint on the chin of his mask.

Win or lose, no matter who the captain is/was/will be, it was all going to fall on Luongo. Not his best showing and once again, he has yet to prove he can be a money goaltender. I hope for his sake he isnt going to be one of those regular season wonders who has never learned how to get it done when it matters.

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Ward has a mental toughness that is underestimated because he plays for the Hurricanes.

He proved that by besting Brodeur.

Technically, he is--right now--as strong as any goaltender playing in the SCPs.

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davetherave wrote:Ward has a mental toughness that is underestimated because he plays for the Hurricanes.

He proved that by besting Brodeur.

Technically, he is--right now--as strong as any goaltender playing in the SCPs.

He is 2 for 2 against Brodure in playoff series. He is a money goaltender and is proving that 06 wasnt a fluke, win or lose.

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the Bruins are coming out hard tonight to try duplicate the last game carolina has to weather the initial storm and find a way past thomas tonight and boston also need to have short memories about the walker punch and play their game im hoping for a boston win just so we can have a game 7

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Hockeyhero22000 wrote:the Bruins are coming out hard tonight to try duplicate the last game carolina has to weather the initial storm and find a way past thomas tonight and boston also need to have short memories about the walker punch and play their game im hoping for a boston win just so we can have a game 7

and there will be the Storm Squad, which is a really good reason to be rooting for the Canes to proceed into the next round :drooling:

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SensFan71 wrote:
Hockeyhero22000 wrote:the Bruins are coming out hard tonight to try duplicate the last game carolina has to weather the initial storm and find a way past thomas tonight and boston also need to have short memories about the walker punch and play their game im hoping for a boston win just so we can have a game 7

and there will be the Storm Squad, which is a really good reason to be rooting for the Canes to proceed into the next round :drooling:

i just want a game 7 carolina can win then i just want more hockey

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Hockeyhero22000 wrote:
SensFan71 wrote:
Hockeyhero22000 wrote:the Bruins are coming out hard tonight to try duplicate the last game carolina has to weather the initial storm and find a way past thomas tonight and boston also need to have short memories about the walker punch and play their game im hoping for a boston win just so we can have a game 7

and there will be the Storm Squad, which is a really good reason to be rooting for the Canes to proceed into the next round :drooling:

i just want a game 7 carolina can win then i just want more hockey

oh yeah actually me too, game 7's are the best, wish every series went 7, nothing beats the intensity/excitement of a game 7, especially if there is OT or multiple OT's.

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