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Today the Bruins kickoff their playoff run when they take the ice tonight to battle the Washington Capitals.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bruins play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher joined Gresh and Hardy to discuss tonight’s game and this first series as a whole.
Is Goucher getting a different feeling from the team this year as opposed to last year?
“Yeah I think so, what they went through last year I think is irreplaceable in terms of experience and if you back the calendar up a year ago they had a ways to go.”
During last year’s playoff run the B’s didn’t really face a team with a game changer type player like Alexander Ovechkin until they met up with Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Finals. Does a detail like this change the mindset going into the first round?
“I do think there’s a lot more to it from the Bruins standpoint than just Ovechkin and can they contain Ovechkin. There’s no question that they’ll try to get Chara and Seidenberg out there as much as they can, but if you look at some of there other high end skill it’s pretty high with Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin.”
This Capitals team struggled on the road this season and have the worst record on the road than any of the teams in the playoffs. Do they just have issues on the road or is it all about Ovechkin?
“I think a lot of it’s kind of the makeup of their team to a certain extent in that you’re not sure which team is going to show up. I don’t know if the Capitals know what team is going to show up.”
Plus, the past couple of times the Capitals have made it to the post season they were seeded a lot higher and more was expected out of them. Unfortunately for them they have always had an early exit, but now that they are the underdog will that help them out?