The Marchand nose has actually lost its scent for the net a bit, with the gritty Boston forward scoring only once in his last six games. He’s clearly still an inspiration though for Bruins fans determined to be shut out at the bar after the game.
So, is there an update on Bergenheim since our last post a few hours ago?
Of course not.
Are there any other lineup changes of note?
Not likely, but there’s a possibility that Guy Boucher could opt to reverse course from his Game 6 lineup sans Bergenheim and slide in Randy Jones as a seventh defenceman.
Home is where the Game 7 wins are
Earlier today our very own Rick Moldovanyi took a look back on the many Game 7′s we’ve had in these playoffs, a highly hyped conclusion to a series that often doesn’t live up to its billing. While running through the potential scenarios in play tonight, USA Today’s Mike Brehm points out that the home side is 5-1 this postseason during Game 7′s. Overall the team with the home crowd is 41-40 this spring.
The late bloomer story of Teddy Purcell
Every year it seems our thirst for a Rocky-esque hockey storyline propels one previously overlooked player into the national spotlight during the playoffs. Powered by his five goals against the Bruins, this spring that player is Lightning forward Teddy Purcell.
John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times shares the story of Purcell, who’s one of five active Newfoundland-born NHL players.
Leafs fans laughing at Kaberle will change their tune for one night
Tomas Kaberle has been horrifically horrible since being acquired by Boston at the trade deadline in a deal that sent prospect Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first round pick in 2011, and a conditional second round pick to Toronto. Although he’s contributed more offence of late with five points over his last five games (all assists), Kaberle still remains the primary scapegoat for the team’s brutal powerplay. He has only three powerplay points during the playoffs, and just six over his 41 total games in Boston.
Leafs Nation has no doubt enjoyed watching their former defenceman struggle, and seeing his love affair with the pass continue. But tonight they’ll hope his resurgence lasts just one more game, because that second pick goes from conditional to reality if the Bruins either sign Kaberle to a contract extension this summer, or if they advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Rene Rencourt warms up before tonight’s game, looks to himself for inspiration