The Great American Hockey Show congratulates the Bruins on their sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Bruins have advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, their second appearance in three years, and Joe Haggerty and Mike Giardi are quick to claim the credit.
Three years ago, the Great American Hockey Show was born, and that year the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. Now, for the second time in those three years, the Bruins will again be playing for the Cup. Haggs and Giardi think they may have something to do with it, and they want everyone to know about it.
Going back a little over a week ago, no one - no one - predicted that the Bruins would sweep the top-seeded Penguins and do it in such convincing fashion. The Penguins managed just two goals in the entire series - as many as Brad Marchand had in Game 2.
Friday's Player of the Game award goes to Adam McQuaid for scoring the game-winning goal that finished off the sweep.
Haggerty says the turning point was right in the first period when the Bruins came out of the gate looking sloppy and out of sorts. The Penguins were unable to capitalize and after about ten minutes, the Bruins clicked and played lock-down hockey the rest of the way.
It's hard to discount the role that luck plays in any hockey game or series. The Eastern Conference Finals were no exception, and one need look no further than the final two minutes of Game 4, in which the Penguins managed an offensive onslaught, but were unable to break the goal line. With less than a minute to play, Tuukka Rask dove on his stomach in an effort to make a save, leaving the net wide open. What should have been a game-tying goal for the Penguins turned out to be yet another disappointment as a shot was covered up by a diving Zdeno Chara. Close, but no cigar.
For more, including why Giardi and Haggs are rooting for the Blackhawks and the circumstances in which they would end up living together with their three dogs, check out the video above.