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Bruins coach on Game 7 resume: “You’ve got to like the experience you have”

Apr 22, 2012, 7:09 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins seemed oddly calm about being down 3-2 to the Washington Capitals, but the reasoning was pretty simple: they’ve been there before. Speaking of which, the Bruins’ core has certainly been through the tensions of a Game 7 a lot lately. Counting this first round matchup, four of Boston’s last five series* went the distance, so Claude Julien didn’t deny the potential benefits to Stephen Whyno.

“There [are] no guarantees but you’ve got to like the experience you have,” Julien said.

While the Bruins’ recent Game 7 memories are mostly warm and fuzzy, the Alex Ovechkin-era Capitals haven’t fared as well in those decisive showdowns:

2007-08: Lost to Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7
2008-09: Won seven game series against Rangers, then lost miserably in Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
2009-10: Lost a tight seven game series to the Montreal Canadiens.
2010-11: No seven-game series.

So if history is a harbinger of things to come on Wednesday, then the Bruins should be confident. That being said, aside from blowing out the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup, last year’s Game 7’s probably turned quite a few Bruins fans into chronic nail-biters.

Then again, it would only be fitting if there was next to no margin of error considering how this series has gone, right?

* – Actually, five of their last six, but something tells me that the Bruins probably won’t use that infamous reverse sweep loss to the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers as a bullet point.

  1. terriers4 - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Im still nervous, but i like the Bruins chances. I just hope it doesnt go into OT so i dont get mini heart attacks after every scoring chance

  2. dropthepuckeh - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Much appreciated that you did not include the reverse sweep, although the Cup did a lot to soften the blow, it still hurts and shows anything is possible.

  3. pastabelly - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Tim Thomas is not having a great series and I’m worried. Good to see Seguin and Krecji wake up. But Game 7 will probably more closely resemble the one against Montreal and not the one against the heartless Canucks.

  4. grudenthediva - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Get ready to have zero power plays for Game 7, Caps. Totally coincidental, of course.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      Considering the blatant seven-men-on-the-ice noncall tonight….

    • homelanddefense - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      they have actually gotten most of the calls in the past two games. So who knows.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

        thumbs down all you want Caps fans. But you have gotten the better of the calls the last few games. If you are going to whine about it at the beginning of the series at least deal with it when you get the same.

  5. swizope82 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    the Capitals were supposed to basically be swept in this series. Props to Braden Holtby for holding his own… Capitals win in game 7….

    • banshee950 - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM

      agreed, major props to Holtby, but no one who has been around hockey for any amount of time says something like “supposed to be swept”. Only pundits paid to dumb down coverage for the lowest common denominator say expect a sweep just cos they are seed X playing seed Y.
      any B’s fan (following for more than one year) should have been worried about this seris. Caps have too much fire power to be over looked and the red hot goalie is a nasty surprise.
      no complaints though, awesome games. I hope we send the Caps packing, but I d@mn sure wouldn’t put money on it. Go B’s!!!

      • homelanddefense - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        I agree. As a Bruins fan I was worried about Washington. It looked like they would get Ottawa for weeks, then it changed on the final day. Washington came in hot, and was a much worse matchup for Boston.

        That and the Bruins seem to always play down to their opponent.

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