Bruins prevail

Tyler Higbee, Staff Writer

In the first round of the 2011 NHL playoffs, the hockey nation was able to see one of the oldest rivalries in hockey to this day when the Boston Bruins took on the Montreal Canadians. This series was not just between two rivals but also was happening only a month after Zedno Chara put a vicious hit on Max Pacioretty that broke his spinal column and could have possibly ended his career. “There was a little bit of blood in the air,” said Bruins Forward Alex Bergeron.

            The Bruins had home-ice advantage and lost their first two games and slid in a deep 2-0 hole. A couple of bad turnovers in their defensive zone killed the Bruins, losing each game by one goal. It seemed as if the speedy goal scorers of the Canadians would be too much for the Big Bruin Bullies.

The series went then to Montreal where the Bruins took game three by one goal and won game four in an overtime thriller. The series tied at 2-2 meant it would be another great series between these two backyard brawlers. Game 5 was in Boston and the Bruins stole the game in overtime to take a 3-2 lead. With the fate of their season at hand in Game 6, the Canadians stepped up and won 2-1 and sent the series back to Boston for a game 7. After a grueling Game 7 with big hits and fast pace hockey, the Boston Bruins took home the game and wrapped up the series in overtime winning 4-3 and sending them on to the next round in the playoffs.

            The Boston Bruins are currently in a series with the Philadelphia Flyers where they are up 3-0 in the series. If they win, they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Conference Finals.