Vancouver Canucks +130 @ Boston Bruins -130
I have so much confidence in the Boston Bruins tonight. The NBA proved that there are sports gods, and at the end of the day they will never let gutless teams like the Vancouver Canucks and Miami Heat win championships. They just aren’t worthy. The Bruins have too much pride to let Vancouver skate the Cup on their ice.
Everyday the Canucks give people another reason to hate them. After game 5, Roberto Luongo basically said that Tim Thomas sucks and that he would have saved that shot easily. I guess it was just the other 12 shots in games 3 and 4 that gave Roberto Luongo trouble. Then when the media pressured Luongo about those comments he cried because Tim Thomas hasn’t been telling the world how great Roberto Luongo has been. Luongo is just a greasy, count chocula look-a-like, cry baby. Tim Thomas is Wyatt Earp, Dominick Hasek, and Jack Bauer rolled into one. Then Aaron Rome says that even if he had a time machine, he’d still trying to give Nathan Horton brain damage with a late blind side hit to the head. There is nothing to like about this team.
For whatever reason the Bruins were unable to bring the same level of intensity in Game 5 that they brought in games 3 and 4. Now, with their backs against the wall and skating on home ice the Bruins will use their forecheck and hitting game to punish the Canucks and control the game. I love the Bruins as the favorite, and if they score first I would put a paycheck on them. The Canucks are front-runners and will quit in Game 6 if they get down early.
That felt great. The Stanley Cup Finals has displayed to the greater hockey world what the Vancouver Canucks are all about. They love to chirp, they play dirty, the dive, they bite, and they throw gutless blind hits to the head. Finally, somebody besides the Chicago Blackhawks has the sand to stand up to the Canucks and punish them for disrespecting the game of hockey. Now the Bruins have discovered the final piece to the puzzle that will let them beat Vancouver. If you punish them physically, out work them, and frustrate them…the Canucks will lose their cool, take dumb penalties, and quit. Luongo looked completely rattled for the last 40 minutes.
Last night’s game was an absolute beat down. The Bruins physically and mentally dominated the Canucks from the second period on. I feel vindicated by this series and I am 100% on the Bruin bandwagon. The Bruins are the opposite of Vancouver in so many ways. They have tough guys who are confrontational, but they are more than willing to answer the bell when challenged. I love the way they play. Even Tim Thomas got into the hitting game last night when he checked one of the Sedin Sisters.
The Bruins most likely will not score in abundance like they did in game 3, but they need to duplicate the level of intensity they brought for the duration of the series. They are still trailing and they must continue to attack Vancouver across all 200 feet of the ice surface. I was completely wrong about Shawn Thornton. I wanted Seguin in the lineup and I undervalued what Thornton brings to his teammates with his toughness and energy. Thornton is just flat-out scary and the ref tossing him out of the game mid way through the 3rd period may have save somebody’s life.
I have one final thought on last night’s game. Game exemplified why I love hockey and the NHL more than any sport. The NHL has an element of frontier justice. Burrows was a punk(and a difference maker) so Shawn Thornton smashed him early in the game to set the tone. Burrows takes a swipe at Tim Thomas late, so Milan Lucic turns into hockey’s version of Wyatt Earp and doles out the punishment immediately behind the net. No other sport or league has this mentality of self policing and standing up for your teammates. I can’t wait for Game 4 as I am sure the hatred between the teams is about to boil over.
Bruins in 7
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Vancouver Canucks +105 @ Boston Bruins -125
The Bruins are coming home after having their hearts ripped out in consecutive games in Vancouver. The Bruins have played much better than I thought they would and definitely deserved better in Game 2. Alex Burrows getting 2 goals and an assist in a game for which he should have been suspended for biting has got to be a bitter pill to swallow.
The Bruins essentially played the Canucks even in both games and are a good bounce or two away from maybe being up 2-0 heading home. The Boston Bruins have too much pride to bow out in 4 games and they will use their crowd made up of 18,000 guys from “Southie” to push them over the top.
It’s also time to give Seguin some bigger minutes. Skate him with Bergeron’s line every once in a while. He could give the Bruins an added dynamic and it could also keep the aging Mark Recchi more fresh if he takes a few shifts off during the game.
This is a must win game for the Bruins and they have the sand and the skill to get it done at home. The Sedin Sisters will fold like always in the face of a hostile environment. Bruins and the under tonight.
Boston Bruins +165 @ Vancouver Canucks -195
I want to say that the Bruins deserved better in Game 1, but that would be incorrect. Tim Thomas deserved better. Vancouver was the superior team, and their skating advantage was obvious. Tim Thomas was superman in Game 1. General rule of thumb is that I hate goalies, but Thomas is different. He has incredible passion and never stops fighting. Boston must get to the net in Game 2. All of their chances came from the outside. Luongo has a history crumbling when guys get in his face. The Bruins were physical in Game 1, but it seemed like the Canucks were often the ones initiating. Boston needs to be the “Big Bad Bruins” in game 2. Milan Lucic…I am looking in your direction.
Bruins will play desperate, Thomas will shine again, Bruins win a close one.
San Jose +155 @ Vancouver -175
This series is over. I called this series wrong at the start. I was way off. I thought that San Jose’s depth up the middle would be a major difference for the Sharks. I forgot about the fact that the San Jose Sharks have ZERO quality defensemen. None. That’s the only reason the Sedin Sisters have been able to produce. This series really makes my skin crawl. It’s so obvious now that the Blackhawks are still the best team in the league. One more game played by Bolland, or if Sharp was able to bury that powerplay goal the Blackhawks would be well on their way to defending their Stanley Cup championship.
Anyways, San Jose had their chance last game, but they couldn’t get the big home win they needed. The Canuck fans will be rocking and if Vancouver scores early and plays physical, San Jose will fold as always. I’ll have to look east for a team to take out Vancouver. I don’t know if Boston or Tampa Bay can do it, but I’ll be rooting hard for them.
I hate to do it, but for the sake of picking winners and bankrupting Costa Rica, I have got to go with the home favorite Vancouver.
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