The Bruins have to win Wednesday night if they hope to continue playing hockey. The Bruins are no strangers to Game Sevens after last season’s playoff run.
The B’s played and won three Game Sevens to win the Stanley Cup Championship.
The Bruins forced the series to a Game Seven after a 4-3 overtime Game Six win on Sunday.
Former NHL center Jeremy Roenick spoke with Toucher & Rich about the amount of violence in some of these first round match ups, the approaching Game Seven between the Bruins and Capitals, Caps goalie Braden Holtby and Tyler Seguin.
Many are surprised with the amount of violence in some of these first round match ups. Usually when playoff time rolls around this kind of stuff is toned down as teams try to avoid taking penalties. Many think that this has caused the officials to call a tight game and some say too tight a game.
Does Roenick think that because of the way this all started the officials have gone too far in the other direction?
“I think the refs are a little nervous because there’s been a lot of things going on and they don’t want to miss calls. And, because they don’t want to miss calls you see a lot of guys jumping to conclusions and really jumping the gun making a call that wasn’t even a penalty.”
The guys moved on to discuss a situation the Bruins face on Wednesday. How important is it as a player to have home ice for a Game Seven along with the experience of playing these types of games in the past?
“Number one you saw what happened last year, three Game Sevens and they prevailed in all of them, so I think they’re very comfortable in that aspect.”
Washington’s young goalie Braden Holtby has no experience in this kind of situation. He has been very good throughout this series giving up just 14 goals in 216 shots he’s faced.
How does Roenick see the young goaltender reacting to the pressure of a Game Seven on the road?
“He’s played so well and his team has played so well in front of him. He’s really gone well past expectations I think that people were expecting him to play, his team was expecting him to play. He really doesn’t have too much pressure on him.”
Tyler Seguin had been quiet all series long until his performance in Game Six that led to a goal by Andrew Ference and then his huge game winner in overtime.
Should we expect a big offensive game from Seguin on Wednesday?
“Absolutely, as a goal scorer the hardest part is getting that first goal. Once you get that first goal and the pressure is relieved, especially as big a goal as Seguin scored the other day, he’s feeling really good about himself right now.”
Also does it really matter at this point in the season who you skate with?