2010 NHL Playoffs: Win or Lose, Game Seven To Have Lasting Effect on Bruins

Matt BakerCorrespondent IMay 13, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 10:  Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins reacts to a penalty against Marc Savard #91 in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 10, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Flyers defeated the Bruins 4-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Tomorrow night’s Game Seven is going to be remembered for a long time in the minds of Bruins fans.

But it is the way in which it will be remembered that makes it so interesting. The outcomes are worlds, universes, galaxies apart.

Win tomorrow and the Canadiens are coming to town in one of the most unlikely playoff scenarios ever. Lose, and get yourself into the record books with the likes of the 2004 Yankees for all the wrong reasons.

Really stop and think about that.

A Bruins-Canadiens playoff series, for the third straight year, with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line, or blowing a 3-0 series lead and forever being grouped with the 2004 Yankees.

Now go over the two scenarios one more time. Sink in yet?

Tomorrow night could truly be a franchise changing game.

A loss would be beyond hard to swallow. And not just for the loss or the aftermath of blowing a 3-0 series lead, but missing a chance to face the Canadiens with home ice advantage...a series the Bruins would probably be favored in, and would have a very, very good chance at winning.

Coming into the playoffs, the thought was that the playoffs would go through Washington and Pittsburgh.

The Bruins could maybe pull off a first round upset, but would not have the ability to eliminate one of the top seeds.

The Bruins got their upset over the Sabres, and the Canadiens took care of all the hard work for them (or the Flyers) by knocking out the Capitals and then the Penguins.

A Game Seven win puts the Bruins on home ice and four games away from the Stanley Cup Finals. To miss that opportunity is simply not an option in my eyes.

After Scott Walker scored in Game Seven of last year's Eastern Conference semifinals, I sat in my seat at the TD Garden for about 25 minutes before I was forced to leave.

I will be in the same seat tomorrow night as I was last year when Walker beat Tim Thomas to eliminate the Bruins, and I have a feeling that image is going to be with me all throughout the game.

My only hope is that when all is said and done, I spend the 25 minutes after the game tomorrow night in anticipation of the next round, not the clueless, gutless, sick feeling that I had last year.

No matter the outcome, by about 10 o’clock tomorrow night, the image of Scott Walker beating Tim Thomas in overtime in last year's Game Seven of the Eastern Conference  semifinals will be erased, and we will have a new lasting image of a Game Seven, let’s just hope it’s a better one.