Call me a homer. Call me predictable. Call me Eddie Mush from “A Bronx Tale,’’ or call me a cab. I don’t care.
But I love the Bruins in Game 7 Wednesday night. At home. Against the Montreal Canadiens.
And yes, I’m secretly glad the thing went seven. This makes Wednesday that much sweeter. As long as . . . you know. . . the Bruins win. Losing this game is simply unacceptable.
Boston and Montreal have shared Claude Julien, Pat Burns, Tom Johnson, Chris Nilan, Dick Williams, Pedro Martinez, Bill Lee, and Frederick Law Olmsted. But our hockey history runs deep with blood, thunder, and hatred. This Game 7 will be the 902d Bruins-Canadiens game since 1924. It will be the Bruins and Habs’ 171st playoff game against one another, their ninth Game 7 showdown.
In one dismal stretch in the last century, the Canadiens beat the Bruins in 18 consecutive playoff series. Boston’s Baby Boomer fans never will recover from what Ken Dryden and the Habs did to the best Bruins team of all-time in 1971. Former Bruins coach Don Cherry (I think he became a hockey commentator of some sort) recently told Sports Illustrated that Boston’s 1979 Too Many Men On the Ice Penalty at the Forum “for a lot of people . . . was a little like when Kennedy was shot.’’
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