2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Bedard: Don’t fret, the Bruins – when fully staffed – are still in control of this series

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You can almost feel the panic start to set in from Burlington, Vt. to Newport, R.I.

Bruins fans, who were ready for their team's coronation in a four- or five-game series with a Patriots-esque March of the Frozen Tomato Cans (thanks Dan) since the Toronto series, are suddenly a little grumpy after the Bruins dropped Game 4, 4-2, on Monday night to even up the series. We're now set for a Best of 3, starting Thursday night at TD Garden.

This wasn't supposed to happen, especially after Saturday's 7-2 laugher in St. Louis where the Blues got embarrassed in front of their Gloria-loving fans.

The Bruins were supposed to keep the ball rolling through Game 4, come home and clinch the Cup in 5, then we were all supposed to bask in another championship parade on Saturday.

But that didn't happen.

And now you'll hear a lot moaning about the officiating and how Craig Berube's whining affected the refs. There will be two days spent talking about the Bruins' unproductive top two lines, and whether Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron are injured, and if David Pastrnak is still in the penalty box with his cold brew, and now turtling from first-period hits in the corner. There will also be a little chatter about how Tuukka Rask got beat on a wraparound, and his rebounds were too juicy.

Stop. Please.

The Blues are still in this series for one simple reason, and it has nothing to do with any of the above reasons.

The Cup Final will go at least a Game 6 because