It felt good to watch the Bruins win a hockey game. Considering there's only been four of those this year, I feel as though watching this team win is extra special. I'm going to try and remain positive throughout this piece. I really am. I've been getting a lot of flack because I haven't been waving my black and gold pompoms in the air and I've been telling it like it is. I mean, sure, the defending Stanley Cup Champions are in the basement of the East and three points out of last place in the (entire) NHL, but it's November. Or Movember. Or 'Mo-vember. Whichever one floats your pink, mustached boat.
On the bright side, the Bruins have started November with a bang. A good (not great, not epic, just good) 5-3 win over the surprisingly hot Ottawa Senators (winners of their last six games before the Tuesday night clash). How'd they do it? Like they do it every time they win, they play with passion and they keep their feet moving. The biggest problem with the team this season is that they aren't moving their feet when they're playing. I know, it's so fucking cliche that I should be struck in the head with an anvil and watch the little birds and/or stars float above my head; but it's true. It makes sense when you're watching the game though. People call it lazy, I'm calling it over-thinking. I think these guys are a little snake-bitten, which means they're going to over-think their play and thus play reactively.
Well Tuesday night against the Senators, things seemed to flow from the second half of the second period onward. I'm not going to recant the game for you because you can read our recap
, which is probably written better than anything I can spew into Joomla. So yeah, read the recap.
But like I said, I'm going to try and remain positive today. You know what I want to know? Where the fuck is Days of Y'Orr's parade? We've been ripping Lucic since the playoffs. We've gone as far as to make some photoshops about him and I busted out quite a lengthy rant about how inadequate Lucic has been on the ice. Shit, I was so mad at how overrated Lucic was (and still is) that I made it my first Grindin' Gears segment of the season
Since those pictures were made, Lucic has 4 points (4 goals, 4 assists) and has converted once on the power play (which was against Ottawa last Tuesday). So where's our pat on the back? Where's our fucking duck boat tour of Boston that doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Where's Dave Goucher hanging around us, commentating on the zany things we do as we walk around the city? We get none of that and we're the ones who woke the Sleeping Beauty up. DO YOU KNOW WHO WE ARE?
So the Bruins look to take their undefeated record (in November) to Toronto to play the first place Toronto Maple Leafs. Oh god, I threw up in my mouth and I didn't even speak those words, I typed them. So yeah, the last time these two teams faced off, Boston brought a boom bash of black and gold proportions and spanked the Leafs so hard that Phil Kessel's acne came flying off. That pudgy-faced lioness hasn't shown up against the Bruins in quite a long time, so I'm not really worried about him
as much as I am the rest of the squad.
Ok, so we know one thing: Phil Kessel makes a terrible lion.
The Leafs aren't the Leafs of last year. They're third in the NHL with 41 goals scored (Philly is first with 44, Ottawa is second with 42) and they're third in the NHL with 3.33 goals per game scored (behind Washington and Philly). The only saving grace for Boston is that the Leafs suck at defense, allowing 3.17 goals per game, which puts them in the bottom third of the league (at 27 overall). It's also reassuring that the Leafs are dead last in the NHL in penalty kill. They've killed 69% of their penalties. 69%! This should be helpful to a Bruins team looking to right the ship on their power play.
Oh god, the power play. I can't even get into this if I'm trying to remain positive. It's a disgrace. 26th in the league. Yikes.
After the jump, ESPN sucks