Game seven is here. You can argue that it shouldn’t be, but it is. The Bruins had a done such an effective job on the penalty kill in games one through five that statistically in the series their powerplay was better than Tampa Bay’s. Fortunately for the Bruins, probability plays no favorites. With the Lightning scoring three powerplay goals in a row and going well above even their average performance its unlikely they will manage the same or more today. Both teams have been to game sevens before, both teams have one them.
- Win faceoffs. Six games, six times this statistics leader has won the game. It is not a coincidence.
- Passes with a purpose, and bodily motion on the powerplay.
- Calm focus. When the Bruins bring their “A” game, any one else in the NHL is getting a “C” when graded on the curve.
- Smarter play in front of Thomas. We’ve seen at least three goals in the past two games because defensemen were creating screens they shouldn’t have been.
- 21,600 seconds of smart, effective hockey need to be played.
- The Bruins need to recognize which players, particularly on defense are on the ice against them and do as much as they can to exploit the weaker players.