Great American Hockey Show: First round preview
Wed, 11 Apr 2012|
A real, American preview of the first round series between the Bruins and Capitals
Welcome to another. Great American -- field. In Wilmington Massachusetts court shall -- gonna mind your hockey Joseph holy crap. It's the plants I'm supposed it resentment here you Tim. This is the play that's right I'm nervous about that you can -- coach. Act up and then headed to go pumped and -- by the play out the he's gonna carry us that I love it I am excited. Obviously this is something the veterans of the Bruins wanted all year I think there are slogging through waiting for it to get to this time of the year and now it's here it's going to be interesting -- -- -- right now. They can potentially have to go through Washington Pittsburgh in the New York Rangers as they go through the east try to get back to the finals. Such a tough for a yeah out of the Bruins get to this -- the number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and at first round matchup with the capitals take a look. Like most hangovers and it started with a cup. Not a red solo but the Stanley Cup Bruins going 37 in the month of October. But the promise of Thanksgiving Turkey turn things around and -- is going to combined one wanted to born November and December. All the while good. Well that's Tyler -- it is Indiana December morning in Winnipeg. You as a team meeting and subsequently became a 21 loss Bruins continue to play well into January going seven and pour. That is until. Tim Thomas skipped the team's White House visit. The second hangover was welcome and -- talk of FaceBook post is so much talk about FaceBook posts. From now on the first question I get about it every day -- I'm than it is for that day. I think. But dreadful Florida fit in March turned it around the Bruins and winning again and securing the second seed in the and the last game of the season utilized it. -- setting team records for being the youngest to lead the Bruins score. Washington voids. All right here's scouting report on largely capitals. Asked Claude Julian what's the biggest thing that concerns him. About that team from Washington the atypical number seven seed as I like to college here. Because there's so stacked in Julien -- biggest worry the offense the explosiveness. Of a bunch of their forwards their puck moving. Make things happen five on five let's face it Alex Ovechkin -- going to be the most explosive game changing force. In this series for either side. Also Washington Capitals team that can be. Provoked the can be hoped that they can be exploited there in the bottom third of the NHL. In defense goals allowed there in the bottom third of the NHL in penalty kill their team that has a rookie goaltender that's ever play in the playoffs before that's going to be expected start for them. They have a lot of weaknesses out there I think the biggest key for the Boston Bruins is to shut down their best offensive players seven. Ovechkin backstroke David Brooks lake. And also shut down their transition game with the defenseman Mike Green is not had a good year he's been bothered by injuries that we on the Dennis Wideman has foibles. His weaknesses of the Brewers can exploit those pulled down their defense and attack that rookie goaltender. I think they're gonna have a lot of success. We could see some scores settled in the series as well John thorn is not a big fan of Troy Brower. And I think that fight has been a long time coming we could see that bubble over in the playoffs. And you may see some retribution for that Jason Jim Mora hit. There's not out of my way to the beginning of the playoffs you should be really interesting. I think it's going to be a battle between Washington was. -- NB AQ this week yes special edition of because what we're doing this week as we're going to the Bruins players. More ask them questions that people have really wanted to know whether it's a pregame ritual what whether it's something that fans notice when they watch them on TV. Are just something out of curiosity is oftentimes. We don't get do you access enough. To really answer what the fans want to know so -- this time around we did that. Any questions you woman asking your players like how many cups of -- to Shawn Thornton and -- leadoff -- over under is five right there. Diesel to the -- uniform to receive I. This -- fearlessness is that when inquiring minds want to know right there. It's. You know it's a guide to where you're at and then. You know even fathom how far he has reached hit the post. -- Where it's sitting on your blade in the near. And believes that he can tower and learn over time and that is what makes adjustments in your senator -- -- guys. Well -- is the most on the senate club box article is doing when I was growing up I never exactly understood what they're doing. I don't know as long time ago I think at one point. Maybe ten years ago even. I was kind of lose myself -- them. Each Serena. As different markets and different things lineups you can bring -- to be different on each arena. But the -- hours since. So yeah. Instead it was taking me. A reference point from the board through the eighties to where -- -- and that -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- changes. I don't know why this is kind of thing -- Aaron Ward so we've used here and once you left. There wasn't anyone that was doing so. The minute -- step up and did it and it's it's worked for us is if you could just kept doing it so. That's the part of war zone and it's turned -- kind of team.