It’s been a long season. Since the drop of the puck in Prague on Saturday, October 9, this Boston Bruins have played 99 games. Friday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning will be game number 100 for the Bruins. Their 100th game of the year, just happens to be the 60 minutes they’d need to win in order to earn a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. It’s been a long season. It’s been an even longer series.
The $2,500 sucker punch, we’ll call it: a solid right hook by Scott Walker to the face of Aaron Ward during game 5 in Boston. Ward may have some facial lacerations and a potential broken orbital bone after the scuffle while Walker will be skating in the next game, devoid of any type of suspension. Bruins’ fans are up in arms about the waived suspension, commenting on the incident on Boston.com, ESPN.com and other hockey media outlets. The feeling that the Bruins have been screwed yet again by the NHL front office is back on people’s minds. And as much as I disagree with that ruling, as much as I think that Colin Campbell secretly keeps a Milan Lucic voodoo doll underneath his desk, having Walker in the game tomorrow night will be the absolute best case scenario for the B’s. Simply put, the Bruins have found an enemy to hate.