By MyFM's Jake Archer - Well, my series prediction of Bruins in 6 does not work anymore. After the B’s lost 1-0 to the Senators last night at TD Garden, they fell into a 3-1 series hole. Now the team must win four straight games to push it to a seven game series and win. It’s going to be a tall task, but it’s not like it hasn’t been done before.
The B’s came into the night a little bit healthier, as Colin Miller came back to the lineup after being injured in the first game of the series. Hopes were high for Boston fans as I think many expected the team to bounce back and knot the series up at two games apiece.
To start, the Bruins came out looking pretty good. They were fast to the puck and they seemed to have a good energy about them. Despite the Bruins frantic pace, Ottawa outshot them in the first period 14-12. Both teams were getting a lot of shots off and finding ways to get great chances but neither could get on the board.
In the second, the Bruins finally found the back of the net. Rookie sensation Charlie McAvoy scored to put the Bruins up 1-0 and the Boston crowd went nuts. However, Ottawa coach Guy Boucher would challenge the goal because he thought that the B’s might have been offsides. After the replay showed that Noel Acciari was indeed offside, the goal was taken off the board and the Bruins were deflated.
The game certainly had slowed down and there was an uncomfortable feeling as a Bruins fan. That feeling turned into a gut punch when the Senators finally got one by Rask as Bobby Ryan scored early in the third period. At this point, the Bruins were in desperation mode. They needed a goal to avoid putting themselves in a very bad position with their backs against the wall in the series.
The Bruins would pull Rask from the net to get the extra body on the ice with about two minutes left in the game. They created some chances to score but Senators goalie Craig Anderson was just too good. He stopped 22 shots and registered his fourth career playoff shutout to help his team win. Rask on the other hand made 26 stops on 27 shots but it just wasn’t good enough to win on this night.
Now the Bruins have their backs against the wall and will be fighting for their playoff lives against a team that just has their number. Last night’s win was Ottawa’s fifth straight in Boston and their seventh in the last eight games overall. This series has also continued the trend of close games between the two teams as every game has been decided by one goal. They’ll play Game 5 on Friday night in Canada with the Bruins attempting to force the series back to Boston and Ottawa attempting to close them out.
I will say, I haven’t yet wavered on thinking the Bruins are going to win this series. I guess that’s the Patriots effect because ever since the Super Bowl I’ve been conditioned to think it isn’t over until it’s over no matter how bleak it looks. Of course, this Bruins team is not the Patriots but hockey is a funny sport and this series could turn at the drop of a hat. So, facing elimination I believe the Bruins fight back and the tide turns. Bruins in 7 is the new prediction.