Bruins. Lightning. Game 7. That Is All.

The BSMW messageboard is down for a bit – I stupidly neglected to renew the .net domain that hosts the board. I did so this morning, but it will take a day or two for the board to come back. In the meantime, have at it here in the comment section below. (I might create a game thread for tonight) or at the BSMW page on Facebook.

The Bruins have another chance at history tonight, a chance to return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. A chance to get into position  for their first Cup since 1972. Is the Sixth time’s the charm for Cup-starved Bruins?

Bruins have a date with destiny - Mick Colageo thinks that one team is going to win big tonight, he’s just not sure which team it will be. Stephen Harris says that anything but a less-than-complete effort won’t do. Joe Haggerty lists out changes that the Bruins need to make tonight. Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins need to get more shots on the Tampa goal tonight. Barbara Matson says that the Bruins seem confident heading into tonight. Rich Garven looks at the winner-take-all scenario.

Factors in series all added up to a 7 - Bob Ryan looks at how we got here, and what this game means to the Bruins. Jackie MacMullan looks at whether the Bruins can get it done tonight. Steve Buckley says that both teams know what it is like to play a game 7. Bill Burt has Ray Bourque, who was 6-0 in game 7′s with the Bruins, giving some advice to the current squad.

Game 7 a fitting conclusion to East final - Steve Conroy says that it is fitting that things have come down to this for this Bruins team. Mike Loftus looks at the back-and-forth just in this series.

Bruins need Thomas’ best in Game 7 - Joe McDonald notes how huge it is that Tim Thomas have a big game tonight.

Making noise at end? - Matson’s notebook has Nathan Horton possibly squirting a Tampa fan with bottle of water Wednesday night. The Bruins notebook from Steve Conroy looks back at the power play woes of game six.

For the second straight day, the Red Sox pounded out 14 runs, this time in a rain-shortened afternoon in Detroit, with Carl Crawford again the catalyst with four hits in a 14-1 thumping of the Tigers.

Red-hot Carl Crawford settling in - Gordon Edes has the outfielder raising his average .32 points in two days. More on Crawford from Michael Silverman | Maureen Mullen | Peter Abraham 

Landing Aceves best ‘accident’ Sox have had - Tim Britton looks at the smart decision the Red Sox made in snatching up for the former Yankee.

Hazelbaker, Lin take one step up - Michael Vega’s minor league notebook has a pair of outfielders earning promotions.

Another stop for Josh Reddick - Scott Lauber’s notebook has the outfielder getting the call up yesterday, and feeling more prepared for the Majors. The CSNNE.com notes from Mullen have more on Aceves, as does the Globe Red Sox notebook from Abraham. Britton’s Red Sox Journal has more on Crawford.

Coverage has been slick - Chad Finn looks around at the local coverage of the Bruins.

Examining coverage of Bruins playoff run - Mike Shinnick has more on the Bruins coverage.

New on-air spin for Tornadoes - Bill Doyle looks at the broadcasts of the Worcester Tornadoes, which will not be on the radio for the first time in seven years. Instead, all 94 regular-season games will be broadcast online, at ustream.tv, and on the team’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, facebook.com/worcestertornadoes and twitter.com/worctornadoes.

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  • Major I

    Can you imagine the s#itstorm if Bruce Allen the Redskins GM forgot to renew a domain?

    • tl;dr

      With the amount of money the 'Skins have as an organization, they can afford to buy it back from whatever person snatched it up while it was available.

  • tl;dr

    If George McFly was covering the Bruins, would he say they have a date with density?

  • Tony

    Oh, how I remember those 1990 Finals. Contrary to recent conventional wisdom, the Bruins were NOT expected to be waxed that easily by the Gretzky/Coffey/Fuhr-less Oilers in that series. Edmonton had just 91 points that year, finished behind Calgary in its division and fell behind Winnipeg (yes, it was a long time ago) 3 games to 1 in the first round of the playoffs. Boston, on the other hand, led the league in points and had won 9 of its last 10 playoff games heading into that series. The entire thing turned on a dime when Glen Wesley missed the open net (I believe in the 2nd OT) in Game 1 and Edmonton ended up winning the game in the 3rd OT. After that, the B's were just deflated and barely showed up for the remainder of the series. Man, 21 years was a long time ago. I really hope they get it done tonight.

    • mandb97

      Tony you forgot to mention who was in goal for Edmonton during that final. It was nonother than former Bruin Bill Ranford who Terry O'Reilly and Harry Sinden thought was mentally soft. How did that work out for them? That being said, Mark Messier was spectacular and is why I honestly believe he might be the best leader in NHL history. I'm not saying best player but a guy who could will a team to victory. He was that good.

  • mandb97

    I find it funny that Ordway and Holley are starting their vacation on the same day of game seven of the Eastern Conference finals. Dale Arnold and Steve Buckley, two guys who are far more knowledgeable about hockey, are filling in. Wolfe and Kahn I bet are cheering like a couple of school kids for Tampa to win so Bruins talk will finally die down. There is no question the Bruins have been a reason for the station getting destroyed in April.

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