Before the game, Canadiens brass admitted the Bruins are just physical, not dirty. It was the first smart thing to come out of Montreal since... well, ever. But their idiot fans disagreed. They always cry about how the Bruins are big bad goons and disrespect the game of hockey.
We, and all Bruins fans, always show millions of examples of Canadiens cheap shots, dives, fake injuries, Hall Pass viewings, etc throughout history and point out that while skilled, Maurice Richard was one of the dirtiest players to ever hit the ice. They always come up with some lame excuse about how we don't know what we're talking about.
After last night they seem quiet.
Not only did the Bruins beat Montreal for the third time in a row this season but once again PK Subban showed the world what he really is. A no talent punk who is cowardly and weak and definitely not above head shots.
Then the Canadiens, in a bush league move, had Cammalleri start the game only to remove him when they traded him DURING THE GAME. They traded him for a package that includes infamous head shot artist Rene Bourque.
Did the Canadiens trade for Bourque so he can head shot whoever goes after PK when he dishes out another head shot and then turtles? If the Bruins are goons and the Canadiens now have Ole Head Shot Bourque and The Human Turtle Subban, what does that make the Canadiens? Where does that leave them? Oh, we know. Right here:
After the jump....... Montreal is the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked......
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What a gutsy win against the Canadiens. Seriously, it was gutsy. The Bruins did not play well against the Canadiens and no one can really blame them. It's Montreal...a bad Montreal at that. So the Bruins were lackluster against the Habs, they still came away with 2 points. That's what this part of the season is about. It's about taking those grinding-type of games and coming away with 2 points. The win puts the Bruins 1 point behind the New York Rangers for first place in the Eastern Conference and still keeps Ottawa at bay (who beat the Rangers 3-0 on Thursday). Ottawa has 54 points while Boston has 57, but Ottawa has also played 5 more games than Boston (45 to 40).
If you look at the standings, Carolina isn't making the playoffs anytime soon. The Canes are currently sitting in 14th in the East at 15-24-7. It's surprising that they shut out the Rangers on Thursday given how poor this team has played. In their last 10 games though they're over .500 at 5-4-1. The team has also been without their superstar young gun Jeff Skinner, who has only played 30 games this season but is still third on the team in total points. The good news for Hurricanes fans is that Skinner has been cleared for contact in practice, which could indicate that his injury is healing quite nicely.
On the Bruins side of things, well, it's the usual course. The Bruins are without Brad Marchand again due to his suspension but the team is currently 2-0. I guess if you want a player suspended, it's during these stretch of games where they play one team that is currently in the playoffs (Florida Panthers). Maybe the Canucks plan to get Marchand suspended didn't work out as well as they thought. Lets get a guy suspended for 5 games where the Bruins could potentially go 5-0 because they only are playing one competent hockey team.
Sign me up.
Anyways, stat wise the Bruins are clicking. David Krejci is on a 10 game point streak, a career best, and his linemates are benefiting from it. Milan Lucic scored his 15th goal of the season last night. Nathan Horton is now 4th on the team in goals with 14 and is starting to get his game back after a bumpy start. Boston is 8-2-0 in their last 10 games and their road record is 12-4-0, which is easily tops in the NHL.
Honestly, I don't know what else to say. The Bruins are going up against the 14th placed Hurricanes. They should be able to handle them pretty well. I'm sure the Rangers felt the same way though and they were shutout. If the Bruins show up and play like they did against the Canadiens, they're going to lose. You can't mindlessly skate through these games and expect to win.
I'm sick of talking about Vancouver now. I truly am. I'm sick of reading about them in blogs, I'm sick of reading about them on Twitter and Facebook. I'm sick of hearing about the Canucks on the radio. I'm sick of talking about them with friends, family and co-workers. I'm sick of Vancouver. It's a shame that this hockey game has turned into the "12 Days of Vancouver" because it makes me want to blow my brains out. Burrows and Lapierre and Marchand and Salo, oh my!
So it's time to refocus on a rivalry that truly means something: The Montreal Canadiens.
Having a tough time getting "into" it now that Vancouver is back in there cave? Well here you go:
If that doesn't make you remember why this rivalry is so intense, nothing will. Look, I know the on-ice fuckery of the Vancouver Canucks can't be dismissed but the king of on-ice fuckery will always be the Canadiens. Look at the history. Up until the Stanley Cup Finals,the Bruins and Canucks have had very little on-ice issues. Since last year's Finals everyone believes that the Canucks and Bruins are "major rivals" but I think that's not true. Yes, a 7 game series can breed a lot of hatred and contempt for one another, but when the two teams played in February before the Finals there was very no issues.
The Montreals Canadiens are in a pretty shitty position right now however we should be eating this up. The Canadiens are currently 12th in the East with 39 points and 7 out of the final playoff spot. Imagine if the Canadiens don't make the playoffs? Remember all the chirping and tweets about how "amazing" the Canadiens are throughout the years? It's a god damn ghost town now. I don't hear anything about the dominance of the bleu, blanc and rouge and it's undeniably boner inducing.
I mean, we got sucked into this Canucks bullshit so much that we missed the Canadiens' language rally. A FUCKING LANGUAGE RALLY! We were to busy analyzing Sami Salo doing cartwheels over Brad Marchand videos to realize that in Montreal people are holding rallies because their coach doesn't speak French.
The announcement of a unilingual Anglophone coach is the straw that broke the camel's back," said Mouvement Québec français leader Mario Beaulieu in a press statement.
This is a real thing. I didn't make this shit up, hell, I couldn't make this shit up! Who cares that the Canadiens are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games. Who cares that they're under .500 on at home (7-86) and on the road (9-11-1). Wait, their road record is 9-11? 9-1-1?! This has to be some sort of omen. Some sort of sign. Right? No? Okay. So the Habs are under-performing. Their highest paid player, Scott Gomez, hasn't registered a goal all season and hasn't even played since who the fuck knows when. $7M bucks for 13 games, sign me the fuck up please.
So in all this mess that's the Montreal organization, the only thing bringing people together is the fact their coach can't speak French? What's worse is that the organization apologized for hiring an English speaking-only coach. Can you grasp this concept for a minute? The organization, who hired Cunneyworth, is now apologizing for hiring him. Imagine if the company you worked for hired you and then sent out a press release saying "Ah, we're sorry he hired this stupid sonofabitch". Knowing how squirrley the Canadiens organization is they probably wrote it in French too so Cunneyworth couldn't read it.
"Ah, nous sommes désolés il a embauché ce fils de pute stupide"
The bigger problem is that Cunneyworth is probably a good dude. He probably likes to sit at home and play with his kids while his wife knits them all matching barber pole striped sweaters. He probably reads "Goodnight Moon" to his kids and then gently kisses them on their forehead when it's bedtime. He probably showers his wifes with gifts. His wife probably shaves her head to buy him an elegant platinum watch chain for his watch while he sells his watch to buy her hair clips.
But in Montreal he's a monster. All he does is eat children, ride motorcycles, punch old ladies in the face and...the worst part of all...
So by saying "I'm never getting twitter" he meant "Imma getting it Thursday." The kid got thousands of follwers instantly and he hadn't made a single tweet. It was the Charlie Sheen effect all over again. "What's his first tweet going to be!?" "I hope he chirps Bieska or that vagina coach." Nope, sorry, fellas. He wants you to buy his crappy Bru Tan Clang shirt.
Do we consider this a "bounce back" game? We mean, the Bruins were the overall better team against Vancouver. It is just hard to crack turtle shells.
This game wasn't pretty to start. The Bruins overheard Jets fans in the stands talking about the early 90s battles against the Bruins and the Bruins were confused because they played the Thrashers last year. Once the Bruins realized Jets fans are delusional they started kicking ass and Atlantipeg didn't even see it coming.
We want to apologize in advance. You know how much the DOY staff loves Thornton. We'll do our best to talk about other players but seriously. How long have we been saying Thornton is the third greatest player in NHL history? He hits, he fights, he scores, he's got moves and he's a leader. Shawn Thornton is a god amongst men.
I swear, I won't talk about Marchand. I'm not going to do it, it's been talked about to death and I don't feel like grabbing my baseball bat and beating that dead horse.
Nope. Throw all the honey badgers you want at me, I'm still not going to talk about it. I'm not going to talk about his low-bridge hit on Sami Salo. I'm not going to talk about his 5 game suspension. I'm not going to talk about the creepy guy under the DOY watermark in the honey badger hit (actually, I may later, wtf). You can throw whatever it is you want at me about Marchand, which can include his awesome blog onESPN or whatever gifs you want.
Nope, refuse to do it. I don't care if the guy has moves like Jagger, moves like Jagr or moves on Jager.
Fine! Last night the word came down from the NHL that Brad Marchand will be suspended for a low-bridge hit on Sami Salo. The number of games suspended: Five, which is still 3 games less than the number of Canucks players trying to punch Shawn Thornton in a scrum. I think that's all I really want to comment about when it comes to Marchand. Head through our archives, that past few days we've killed the topic,brought it back to life, banged it's mouth and then killed it again.
(We know "honey badger" is annoying, especially after last night's bowl game but it's too fitting. Soooo, suck it.)
Brad Marchand isn't happy with his suspension and he couldn't care less what people think about his reputation. Good ol' Honey Badger vented on his ESPN blog yesterday. It's good:
OK, the play with Sami Salo. It technically wasn’t a clip. Clipping is when you hit someone at the knees and I did not hit him at the knees. Anyone that has seen the video will see that I hit him in the upper thigh under the buttocks. They can call it a clipping, but they obviously don’t know the rules of hockey. I felt like I was trying to protect myself and get low and he went over me. It was very unfortunate that he was injured on the play. I know he has a concussion. There has been a lot of concussions going on this year. It’s a very fast game. A lot of guys are big and strong and physical. It’s very tough on the guys. It seems of late, a lot of guys are getting injured. Hopefully concussions can kind of start to drop off and we don’t see as many of them.
Next Marchand pretty much tells Vaginault to lick his balls.
Their coach [Alain Vigneault] came out and said I play to hurt players. He obviously wanted to take a shot at me and stir the pot for the hearing [Monday]. It just shows the class he has or lack thereof. I really am not going to respond or bite into what he’s trying to feed me there. I hear Twitter was filled with comments about me today. For anyone that wants to call me someone who takes cheap shots, they can say what they want. It doesn’t affect me. I don’t care what people who don’t know me and I don’t know them and they have no meaning to me, I don’t care what they say. I don’t really care what my reputation is. I just want to play. I’m doing this as my job. I love this team. I’m just trying to be a player and I don’t care what my reputation is really. I’m not out there to hurt guys. When I’m out there, I play a hard-nosed game and play hard. If guys are soft and don’t like it, then that’s fine. I’m not out there to please anybody. I’m out there to do my job.
On to some less juicy but more fun items. Don't expect Brado to join Twitter... like ever.
Another random thought is about Twitter. The reason I’m not on there like Tyler is because everyone knows Twitter is being monitored. There’s no point of having Twitter if it’s being monitored and you can’t say what you actually want to say. So it’s pointless to even have it. Yes, I know there are a ton of fake Marchand accounts out there. I’ve even gotten fan mail from people who said that they tried to tweet me. I don’t have Twitter. There are a lot of fake ones out there. I definitely don’t have it.
And he has a nickname for his line.
I thank everyone for the suggestions for a name for my line, but I wanted to throw this out there and get everyone’s reaction: Bru-Tang Clan. It’s almost like a copy of the Wu-Tang Clan. It’s just Bru because we’re like brothers. So what do you think?