A best-of-seven series to decide who passes to the second round is not unique of the NBA, as this is also how teams are able to quality in the NHL, and it seems like everybody at Boston should be celebration the classification of not one, but two of the local professional sports teams, as apart from the Celtics beating the Heat in a 4-1 series, the Bruins had also advanced to the semis as they defeated the Sabres 4-2, with the last victory coming for Boston on Monday Night.
The match between the Bruins and Buffalo finished 4 goals to 3, with David Krejci scoring two and assisting in one, while Tuukka Rask, the goaltender that has been phenomenal during the postseason, ended up with 27 saves. Rask managed to outplay Ryan Miller, the goaltender for the Sabres, and the one that was the Olympic MVP.
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Mark Recchi (who also had an assist) and Miroslav Satan scored the other two goals for Boston, whom are now waiting to see who they are going to meet at the semis. If the Canadiens beats Washington, then Boston will play against the Flyers, but if instead the Capitals manage to beat Montreal, then the Bruins will play against the Penguins.
Now, going back to Rask, he is probably one of the main reasons why the Bruins are where they are at the moment. He is certainly one of the top goaltenders in the league and a clear proof of that is his current status at Boston, since he steal the starting position from Tim Thomas during the regular season (the backup for the USA Olympic team).
Even Bruins coach, Claude Julien is aware of the hard job applied by Rask, as he pointed out that it is not easy to go against Ryan Miller in a game, and especially in the postseason, where matches get more aggressive. He also said that Rask has now an excellent reputation in the league, which is a factor that gives Boston an advantage on the semi finals since the team which they will meet knows that they will have a hard task on scoring.
The Sabres even had home advantage on the series against the Bruins as they qualified to the playoffs as a 3rd seed, while Boston did it as a 6th seeded team. They certainly didn’t knew how to handle themselves against the Bruins, a team that has enough time to rest and prepare before their next match of the postseason.
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