In an environment where everyone was expecting that Bruins coach Claude Julien and his staff could be near their end of days had the Bruins not made their miracle comeback Monday in Game 7 against Toronto, general manager Peter Chiarelli obviously wanted to restate his confidence in those he’s placed behind his team’s bench to steer this club into the second round and beyond.
I still don’t know which one the Bruins want to be.
Do they want to be like Dr. Jekyll, the mild-mannered English doctor in Victorian London? Or do they want to be the violent and evil Mr. Hyde? After all, both personalities would come in handy in trying to advance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Brad Marchand led the Bruins in goals and points during the regular season. Tyler Seguin was second in goals, third in points.
You know what they are right now as the Bruins’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against Toronto moves to a Game 7 Monday night at TD Garden? Dead weight.
The Bruins didn’t get the memo about Game 5 starting 7 p.m. Friday night.
By the time they started playing with any intensity, let alone playoff intensity, it was too late.
The Bruins’ 3-6 record in non-Game 7 elimination games under Claude Julien doesn’t do anything to deter the coach heading into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday night at TD Garden.
“I’m trying to make it 4-6 tonight. How’s that?” said Julien after his team’s morning skate.
If the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to slow down the hottest forward line in the NHL, it doesn’t appear they’re going to get any help from the injury bug.
Portions of this column are meant to be read with a grain of salt.
OK, David Krejci. We get it. You’re the Bruins’ No. 1 center.
We know how fed up you are hearing about Patrice Bergeron’s two-way play and his consistency and his Selke Trophy. You’ve won the Stanley Cup more recently than Pavel Datsyuk and you showed Ryan Kesler what he could do with his Selke in the historic 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
I guess five shutouts in a 48-game season just don’t count as much as they used to.
In fact, stats in general don’t seem to matter if you look at the three finalists the NHL general managers picked for the Vezina Trophy, which goes every season to the goaltender considered the best by a vote of the GMs.
The Bruins have won 58 percent of the draws through three games of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against Toronto.
In the aftermath of the Bruins taking a 2-1 series lead Monday night in Game 3, there was some talk about cheating on the draws, and center Tyler Bozak even admitted that the Bruins were just cheating better than him.
The 48-game schedule doesn’t provide us with a great sample size.
But if you’re wondering about Brad Marchand’s inability to find the back of the net in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against Toronto, you might be interested to know that playoff teams kept Marchand off the score sheet a lot this season.
David Krejci is supposed to be the Bruins’ No. 1 center.
He’s talked about serving in that role from around the time it looked like Marc Savard might never be the same right through present day. And for long stretches of the last several years, Krejci has been that player.
In his defense, Toronto coach Randy Carlyle was giving the Bruins and coach Claude Julien credit for their ability to get the Zdeno Chara-Phil Kessel matchup on the road almost as well as they do it at home.
But in telling the media Sunday that he thinks Chara might play close to 35 minutes for the Bruins in Game 3 Monday at Air Canada Centre, Carlyle showed he’s not much of a student of recent Bruins history.
Defenseman Andrew Ference just completed his second league-imposed suspension for an illegal hit in as many seasons.
This ban was just one game, and the Bruins missed him in Game 2 Saturday, as they dropped a 4-2 decision and let Toronto tie up the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at one game apiece.
Jaromir Jagr didn’t make any excuses Sunday for his poor play in the tied-up Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against Toronto so far.
In fact, Jagr didn’t say anything. When approached for an interview, he put up two hands, said he had to fix something, packed up his equipment bag and made a bee line for the Bruins’ players’ lounge while several media members made bewildered looks about what just happened.
Wake up, everybody. It’s playoff time in the NHL.
If some of the Bruins’ better offensive talents didn’t get the wake-up, now’s as good a time as any to shift out of regular-season gear and play as though the season is on the the line.