BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Bruins Legend Ray Bourque joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak on Friday to break down Saturday night’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The series is all tied at 2-2 after Chicago’s 6-5 overtime win in Boston in Game 4.
“You know it’s coming down to crunch time, and it’s down to a best of three. You’re looking at the past game looking in terms of what we could have done different,” said Bourque. “Even playing the way they did they had a great chance to win the game. I’m feeling good about them going into Chicago. This is a huge game. If they find a way to win this one and come back with a chance to win the Cup in Game 6, that’s exactly what they’re looking for.”
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There were a lot of questions before the season and playoffs began surrounding netminder Tuukka Rask, and some of those have returned after he allowed six goals on Wednesday. But Bourque said Tuukka will be just fine, and people are crazy to doubt him.
“I think he’s already shut up everybody by how he’s played in the playoffs. If anyone doubts Tuukka right now they need a good doctor,” he said. “If you’ve been watching him throughout the first three rounds and the finals, the difference in the saves and how easy he’s made it look, he’s in total control. He didn’t have a bad game (Wednesday) night; lots of tips and lots of traffics – the way you have to score goals now.”
“You can’t fault him for very many goals the other night, and I’m sure he’s going to bounce back and be ready (Saturday) night,” said Bourque.
As for Corey Crawford, Bourque wants to see the Bruins continue to attack him where he is most vulnerable: glove-side.
“I noticed it Game 1,” Bourque said of the goalie’s struggles. “I had great seats to watch Milan’s two goals, and then Paille’s overtime winning goal, all the goals last game – there has to be something there. It’s not even top cheese all the way up; it’s in the middle between the glove and the pad. Even when he makes the save it doesn’t seem like he catches it, he knocks it down. The Bruins know that and they’re going to attack that.”