Let’s be real, the Bruins and Leafs were destined to go to a game 7. It wouldn’t be a huge rivalry if it didn’t. Bruins fans know how the last game 7 against Toronto ended and Toronto will do everything in it’s power to keep that from happening again.
How did we get to a game seven? Well… Boston took the first two games in the series. Toronto took game three, and Boston stole game four in Toronto to take a 3-1 series lead. Toronto took game five in Boston and game six in Toronto. So, here we are at game seven.
Both the Bruins and Leafs have shown they have what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. They’ve shown they have a powerful offense, they’ve shown they have a good defense, and the goaltenders have shown they can be brick walls at times.
It’s all or nothing in game seven. The winner goes on to the second round to play the Lightning, while the loser goes home for golfing season. If the Bruins lose, it’ll be one of the biggest choke jobs since the Capitals falling out.
So, what will Bruce Cassidy do to enhance his lineup? Some fans say he should insert Ryan Donato into the lineup. Donato is fast and can score goals with the best of em’. The problem with putting him in the lineup is his inexperience. He hasn’t played a full season in the NHL yet and tends to get knocked off the puck as he needs to put on some more weight and muscle. But, if you insert him on the third line with Nash and Backes, he will get the protection he needs to be effective.
Some also say that Danton Heinen will be inserted back in for game 7. Heinen has been pretty ineffective in the series and hasn’t gotten himself on the score sheet but he has a terrific two-way game which the Bruins will need in game seven to stop the Leafs quick offensive outbursts.
This brings me to my next question, what will Mike Babcock do to enhance his lineup? His guys have played very well over the past 3 games and I don’t think Babcock will want to do much to his lineup. He’ll probably have more of a “let’s keep doing what we’re doing approach.”
These teams will pull out all the stops in game 7 and it’s going to be one of the best game seven’s we’ve ever seen. Both teams are fast, highly skilled, competitive, and have what it takes to win. TD Garden will be energized as the B’s once again look to close out the series and move on to the second round.
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