BOSTON (CBS) – Games one through six are in the books, and it all comes down to a deciding Game 7 Wednesday night in Boston.
Color analyst Bob Beers of the Bruins Radio Network called in to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak program this afternoon in what he described as “the worst part of the day waiting for this game to get going” — I’m sure many of you can relate.
The thing about game sevens, especially in hockey, is that the better team doesn’t always win. That’s what’s concerning to Bob Beers.
“You can break down x’s and o’s and things like that, but now you’re into an elimination game. From a Bruins standpoint that desperation level has to be matched or above Montreal’s.
“I honestly believe that if they play their best game, the way they’re capable of playing, I believe the Bruins are the better team. The one thing that really concerns me is that you can play a complete game and you run the risk of running into a hot goaltender or a couple of bad bounces — that’s the risk of a Game 7.”
As far as potential lineup changes from coach Claude Julien, Beers thinks you keep everything the same and just hope for a better effort. For defense, Beers thinks the team should stick with the superior skater in Matt Bartkowski as opposed to trade deadline acquisition Andrej Meszaros.
“I don’t think they make any real changes. They just have to execute better,” said Beers.
After a conversation was had about the Bruins and their game-to-game adjustments, the discussion circled back to Habs goalie Carey Price.
“I think Carey Price is still my no. 1 concern. The Bruins can play the way they’re capable of playing and generating chances and he just stands on his head. That’s a pretty simple way to look at it. A lot of things have to happen for the Bruins to win, and a lot of things have to happen for the Canadiens too.
“The Bruins have been very good this year at bouncing back from sub-par performances. They’ve done it in this series, and now they’ve got to do it again,” said Beers.
Listen below for the full discussion, including Beers’ take on the officiating, Brad Marchand trying to do too much and a lot more: