BOSTON (CBS) – The Bruins push in overtime ensured that Thursday night’s Game 4 against the Red Wings would be better than their last Game 4, and history would not repeat itself.
Last June the Bruins found themselves in a similar position to the one they were in Thursday night, albeit in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Bruins had a two games to one lead over the Chicago Blackhawks, and there was a tie game on their hands heading into sudden death overtime. The 2012-13 Bruins let that game slip away, and ultimately lost the best of three series that followed it.
The situation Thursday night was beginning to seem eerily similar as it headed to the extra frame. Heck, Brad Marchand was even struggling in both contests (he finished a pointless -3 in last year’s game 4).
But the 2013-14 Bruins made sure that history wouldn’t repeat itself, and found an extra gear in overtime to take a 3-1 stranglehold in their first round series over the Red Wings.
Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti believe that this is a game that the Bruins four years ago would have lost 4-1. Tony said that this is starting to have the feel of the Patriots dynasty years, where the team just finds a way to win.
Mazz was so impressed that he exclaimed, “If you can’t be satisfied by a win like that one last night, then you’re not a sports fan!”
It was a game that left Felger saying he was, “Pleased.”
That’s right, Michael Felger is pleased with the Bruins.
The two went on to praise Tuukka Rask extensively, especially his overtime stop on Justin Abdelkadaer that kept the game alive.
Both believe that Rask kept them in the game during the first period, and Felger said “I think the team gets the feeling that he can do that on a consistent basis… that’s gotta make you feel good.”
Felger also credited the Bruins depth for the win, saying, “For the first time, I really feel like they have difference making talent on the third line.”
He specifically lauded Carl Soderberg, and the talent differential that has developed between him and average third line centers.
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