So here we are. The game you've all been waiting for. If you came here looking for Savard-Cooke revenge coverage, we're going to go ahead and disappoint you.
Call us bad fans, but we're over the Cooke thing. It was cheap. It sucked. But there's two points on the line here for a Bruins team that has had trouble rising to the challenge for big games. If Bruins go in focusing on Cooke, they're going to lose.
"It's obvious that it's something that's hurt my life for a bit and put me through some tough times," Savard said of Cooke's head-hunting hit. "It's not easy. It'll be on my mind, but at the end of the day, I'm just going out with my team and trying to get points."
The story line of Cooke and Savard on the ice for the first time since the incident is definitely intriguing but the Bruins vs. Penguins is bigger than Savard vs. Cooke.
The bitter taste of the Bruins choke job Saturday night is still in our mouths. Bruins "luck out" a bit tonight if you can even call it that. Sidney Crosby is sidelined with a mild concussion. You would think that would be a good thing for the Bruins. We're not so sure.
Our dear Bruins have a tendency to relax or not show up for games. If they go into this thinking they'll have an easier time not having to worry about Crosby, Malkin is probably going to just crap in their mouths (assuming his knee is good). Penguins aren't all flash. They're gritty, they hit and they can fight. Bruins are in for one hell of a game tonight. We can only hope they decide to show up.
After the jump... Bruins struggling mentally, both teams hate the Wild and the Canadiens and Chara SMASH!
The last time these two teams met they were both completely different. The Penguins were slumping and still getting their shit together while the Bruins had the mental toughness to come back from deficits and score goals. Boston won 7-4 after a wild third period.
Since then the Penguins have been tearing up the league and the Bruins go back and forth between looking like a Stanley Cup contender and a Calder Cup playoff first round loser. Bruins are good... they just either don't know it or don't feel like playing as well as they can every game.
Both teams are coming off bad regulation losses against the Wild and overtime/shootout losses against Montreal. F you Carey Price.
Fact that could be extra painful tonight: Bruins putrid powerplay going up against the Penguins top ranked kill.
Things we're wondering: Johnny Boychuk ends lives with hits. Brooks Orpik takes a similiar approach. What happens if they hit each other tonight?
Chara went nuts the other night when some douche from the Canadiens pusehd him after Montreal scored. Typical Canadiens. Dive. Cheap shots when the other player isn't looking. We'd LOVE to see this kind of emotion during a game big guy. Maybe bring some of that tonight?
Matt Bartkowski is rumored to be playing tonight. McQuaid was apparently injured against Montreal. Or he watched the last 5 minutes of the game and got violently ill. We're not sure.
Milan Lucic-Marc Savard-Michael Ryder
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Steven Kampfer
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Andrew Ference
Rask was first off the ice this morning but who knows if that is really any indication of who will be starting. Rask has looked great in his last few starts and a Rask-Fleury battle could be fun to watch. If Rask is in net, there's like a 93% chance the Bruins don't show up.
Game Day Links:
- Jersey Foul? A jersey highlighting the best chant we've heard all season.
- Trade rumors/wish lists popping up as Bruins struggle for consistency
- This guy is getting tired of Mike Milbury's act
- Meanwhile, Colorado fans are already getting tired of Matt Hunwick
- Shameless self promotion: Check out our latest for Wicked Good Sports!
Game Day Video:
Crosby's first career fight. He told Ference he doesn't recycle and Ference apparently didn't like that.
Time to Go!