Discipline. It's one of the keys to victory in playoff hockey. Initiate, don't retaliate; right, Bruce? So while everyone expected a rough and perhaps even mean-spirited game from Boston on Tuesday night after the
It'd be easy to say Walker stirred the sleeping bear with his haymaker on
Even though Carolina didn't let up on the physical end, laying 40 hits on Boston, the Bruins were using their bodies a smarter way.
By the third period, though, holding a 4-1 lead, the Bruins played like a team trying too hard to cocoon its lead. Realistically, they're a far better team when on the attack; giving the Hurricanes offensive momentum, like they did in the third, won't help them win Game 7 on Thursday. After Carolina came back with a goal early in the third, Boston took back-to-back penalties with plenty of time in the game. That's not timely discipline. And if not for some strong saves by goalie
For the Hurricanes, they just couldn't muster up enough to get over the hill. As soon as they started to get something going, it puttered out before reaching its potential, and every time Boston scored a goal, it seemed to deflate the 'Canes and put them back at square one, working to get it going again. Despite five shots, an assist and more ice time than any forward,
In Game 7s, desperation may be the tone, but discipline will win the game.