Bruins need defense to come through against the Canadiens

Credit: USA Today Sports

Credit: USA Today Sports

The Boston Bruins were locked in a defensive struggle with the Montreal Canadiens in a pivotal Game 4, but an overtime goal tied the series up. Boston then used a dominant game 5 performance to take a commanding 3-2 series lead and then got ousted in game 6. The series is tied and now the Bruins defense needs to show up big at the TD Garden in the all-important game 7.

After allowing 11 goals in the first three games, Tuukka Rask and the rest of the Boston defense, tightened things up and made life extremely difficult for Montreal in games four and five, but game six was the same old problems. Rask and the young Bruins defensemen, have been the main reason why, both good and bad. Rask finally started looking like he did in the regular season when he was a fantasy hockey standout. Montreal’s goalie Carey Price has also played great.

In the first round, Boston had very few problems with the Detroit Red Wings as they won the series in five. Montreal has shown that they are a more legitimate contender. They absolutely dominated Tampa Bay in a first round sweep, and they have been strong offensively all the way up to Game four. The team has already shown they can compete on the road in Boston, but the veterans for the Bruins are hoping that they can protect home ice and move on in the playoffs.

During the regular season, Boston only gave up 2.1 goals per contest. The defense is starting to look like it did in the regular season, and that is good news for Boston fans. The Bruins young defensemen will need to rebound from the game six debacle and tighten up in between the blue lines. Expect some of their top fantasy hockey offensive players to finally get in rhythm in Boston as well. Krejci and that first line are on the brink and Boston has been waiting.

Dave Frankson

 

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