You gotta love hockey fans. NOTHING is sacred….girlfriends and co-workers are all acceptable targets. Imagine the dejected Blue Shirt lovin’ Rangers fan walking into his office to a cube engulfed in Black & Gold.
Just imagine the number of brooms that will be “donated” if the Bruins win Thursday night in Game Four.
The Boston Bruins fourth line was big in game 3 scoring both of the team’s goals en route to a 2-1 victory
The Boston Bruins have put the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination, and have put themselves in a position to go to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three seasons. Game 3 was a big for New York as they desperately needed to get a victory and get themselves back in the series. Heading back home the Rangers found themselves down 2-0 in a series against the Bruins, in an all too familiar position.
For the Rangers, being down 2-0 heading back home is a repeat of the first round against the Washington Capitals. New York was able to come back in win that series in 7 games. In game 3 I think it was fair to assume that the Rangers would come out with a ton of energy on home ice. Fortunately the Bruins were up to task, they dominated the Rangers through the first two periods, and despite being down by 1 after the first 40 minutes, managed to come back and score 2 huge goals to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
There was plenty to get excited about in game 3. Johnny Boychuk scored the equalizer early in the third period as he continues to score big goals for the Bruins in the postseason. He has 4 goals so far in the playoffs, which is impressive considering the fact that he only scored 1 goal in 44 games during the regular season. Boychuk has been pretty big for the Bruins in the playoffs besides the goal scoring numbers. He leads the NHL in blocked shots in the playoffs with 37, and he is fifth in hits with 41. He has stepped up in a big way after a somewhat lackluster regular season, and has helped Coach Claude Julien play three rookies in the lineup in wake of the injuries suffered by Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, and Wade Redden.
Another major part of Boston’s 2-1 win was the play of the Bruins’ “Merlot” line. I still think Dan Paille was robbed of the Bruins’ Seventh Player Award by some pink hats. Tonight was their night in a big way, not because they were out there for both of the B’s goals, but because the tight checking/grind it out type of game is their bread and butter. They provided a much needed spark to the Bruins offense that had been stifled by Henrik Lundqvist all night. Game 3 was looking like the type of game King Henrik would steal for the Rangers, but the Bruins fourth line was able to turn the tide.
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is having a Tim Thomas-esque post-season thus far (check the numbers it’s true), so give the man a little respect. Don’t touch the technology. Toucher and Rich said that someone holding a 98.5 the Sports Hub was fiddling with Rask’s Ipod dock by increasing the music volume.
Being born in 1973, I am too young to remember Derek Sanderson’s playing days with the Bruins. However, every fan of the Black & Gold knows he fed Bobby Orr on his iconic and Stanley Cup clinching goal in 1970. The team’s first championship in 29 years.
My first memories of Derek Sanderson was in the broadcast booth with fan favorite Fred Cusick. Their voices are ingrained in my mind while I watched the Bruins on WSBK Channel 38. They are forever part of my hockey loving fabric.
If you want a two word review, here it is: roller coaster.
This book will literally blow your mind following Derek Sanderson through his ascend in becoming one of the most coveted hockey prospects in the 1960’s. Some labeled him as being as good or even better than Bobby Orr.
Read about “The Turk” and his playing days in Boston. Sanderson was an instrumental part of two Stanley Cup winning teams with his grittiness and tough defensive play.
He was the first million dollar athlete. He became the king of Boston nightlife opening hot spots such as Daisy Buchanan’s (something I never knew). Sanderson had every temptation thrown in his path to potential greatness such as money, women, drugs and alcohol.
Sanderson went from media darling to sleeping on park benches in New York City penniless. His hockey career fizzled and his life spun out of control. The former Bruins superstar almost lost his life due to his demons.
However, the best part of this book is how Sanderson rose like a Phoenix from the ashes of his life of decadence. He found his way and dedicated himself to helping others. He educated young people not to make the same mistakes he had.
Derek Sanderson is a true inspiration to any one that struggles from within. No matter how dark your life may get, you still can steer yourself to the light with the “three F’s” family, friends and faith.
This is a MUST read for any hockey or Bruins fan or anyone that enjoys a story about redemption.