The Bruins stunned the Ottawa crowd on Tuesday with a 6-3 win in the Nations Capital. The Senators were trying to eliminate the Boston Bruins and win the Eastern Conference title but Devin Setogucchi had other plans. Gucchi notched 2 goals including the game winner to send the series back to beantown for a winner take all sudden death game 7.
Win or lose, both teams have battled hard this series with Boston winning games 1 and 2 at home only to watch the Senators win the next three. For the Bruins to waltz into Ottawa facing elimination and come out victorious was huge. Lost in the drama was the fact Vokoun was seen leaving the rink to catch the team bus with a crutch. Team trainers are downplayin the situation and are calling it a 'lower body injury'. Everyone expects Vokoun to play in thursdays game 7 but Martin Gerber has been taken off the black list as has been told to be ready to play if needed. Tobias Stephan started game 3 but has not seen action since being pulled in that game midway through the 3rd period. Gerber was perfect in releif and those close to team managment think Martin will start game 7 as backup in case Vokoun pulls up lame.
In the West the Red Wings face elimination again as they try to force a game 7 with the defending NEFHL cup champion LA Kings. Whether Detroit can weather the storm remains to be seen but it should be another dog fight in game 6.
If the Bruins can win game 7 at home it will be their second trip to the finals in NEFHL history. They went all the way in 2006 only to lose to the Colorado Avalanche in 5 games. Danny Briere is the only remaining player from that team and would love to be given another opportunity. Game 7 is looking to be an epic battle as many predicted this series to be with two very strong teams fighting through alot of adversity to get to the NEFHL finals. May the best team win the East.