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The Boston Bruins Playoff Experience – what to expect

The Boston Bruins begin their series tonight against the Buffalo Sabres in what might very well be the best goaltending duel of the playoffs.  For the Sabres, you have United States silver medalist and tournament MVP Ryan Miller – defeating him is no short order.  On the other side you have rookie goalie Tuukka Rask, he of the minuscule 1.97 GAA and .931 SV%.  If you’re a fan of high scoring series, you might prefer to sit this one out.

Rask has gone from being famous for the milk cart incident to being whispered about as a Calder Trophy candidate.  The off season from former starting goaltender Tim Thomas has given Rask a chance to shine, and he has.  He does get some help from Boston’s defense, though.  The tight defensive core, led by captain Zdeno Chara, is second in the league during the regular season in goals allowed at 2.33.

On the flip side, however, their offense is a bit decimated.  They can crow all they want to over choosing second in the entry draft courtesy of Toronto’s first rounder, but losing Phil Kessel and his firepower gave their top six a hit.  Their top centerman, Marc Savard, was also given a hit – by Penguins pugilist Matt Cooke. Right now their offense relies on veteran Mark Recchi (who seemingly never ages), David Krejci, and Patrice Bergeron. With only one 20 goal scorer on their roster (Marco Sturm), the Bruins are hurting for firepower.  Their lack of goal scoring prowess led to a worrisome last month for the Bruins.

Tuukka Rask will steal them a game or two, but Buffalo just seems to have more of the pieces in place for a deeper run.

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