No Sharks preview 'cause Greg was sick and no recap 'cause... well, when the Bruins only show up for five minutes there's really not much to recap.
Wanna know how brutal the Boston Bruins offense is right now? This sums it up.
Later on if the Bruins manage to figure out the foam block goalies they'll upgrade...
You'd think practicing against Timmy and Tuukka would make the team better at scoring, but apparently not.
Team is getting chances but can't put it home. They're also running into the same problem as last year of them only showing up for one period a game. Can't be getting away with that this year.
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If you haven't seen it the Boston Bruins are doing a new series called Gear Talk with the Pros by Pure Hockey. It's great if you want to learn more about what the Bruins use, be it you're just curious, want to use the same skates as Seidenberg or are just really that obsessed with the team you just have to know.
Anyways, two episodes are out. Brad Marchand talks about his stick... hockey stick, that is. We know, we're surprised, too.
"I like to shave my knob down. I like the feel of it little smaller, little thinner than the shaft." Man, who doesn't?
Seidenberg talks about his skates... which are apparently louder than most skates. They also look like roller blades.
It is hard to call a game "must win" this early in the season but this was it for the Bruins. Tuesday's loss to Carolina was embarassing on so many levels. The effort was embarassing, the penalties were embarassing and the crowd throwing shit onto the ice was embarassing. It left a bitter taste in most fans' mouths.
For the start of the season we didn't care that the Bruins were starting slow. They gave us a Cup last season. How could we be mad? Tuesday night changed that. It was just awful in every sense of the word. With the Leafs on the horizon the pressure was building. Even though we're sick of the whole thing, when Kessel comes to town there is a buzz in the air, especially this year since he is tearing up the NHL. With the Bruins playing so poorly, many wondered if he was going to come in and add insult to injury.
Julien had seen enough before the game. His team was lifeless and needed a spark. So he juggled the lines before Thursday's game.
And for one game at least, it worked. For the first time this season you really felt like the Bruins left it all on the ice. Those were the CHAMPIONS we were waiting to see. They WANTED this game and that was exactly the desire that has been missing. It was such a dominating effort in every sense of the word. It seemed like almost the entire lineup had about 20 points. Boston's leaders stepped up, their young guns stepped up and a few people who had been invisible decided enough was enough. On the back of Tim Thomas, the Bruins swept away the Leafs.
After the jump..... Domination, thy name is Bruins.....
If you're anything like me, you've been shaking your head since last Tuesday and in dire need of seeing something from the Bruins to keep from throwing yourself, or someone else, off the Tobin. But that was last game, time to look forward, but if you're a masochist and wish to relive that awful game, check out the recap, Grinding Gears, and Cam Ward's bitchfest.
Tonight the Bruins have their first divisional match up, and we're facing the 1st place team in the division. No, that wasn't a typo, the Maple Leafs are in first place, right behind *sigh* Buffalo. Fan-freakin-tastic! What's next, Dallas and Colorado winning their divisions?? Oh wait...
It's still early, but I never thought we'd fall five point behind Toronto in the standings. I guess that's bound to happen when you're shooting blanks and scoring less than a shirtless fat guy on South Beach.
Cam Ward had a lot to say during the third period of last night's game. He had even more to say post-game.
According to Cam Ward being big, tall and nasty means you can't jump into frays or stick up for teammates. Only the little guys are allowed to do that.
“Well, the guy is eight feet tall and he’s jumping a player. That doesn’t translate as being very tough in my eyes,” said Ward, who has notched two wins over the Bruins this season. “I’m emotional just like everybody else and when you see that happening to your own player you want to [help them]. I had some choice words too but it is what it is.”
What Ward meant was "I saw this leviathan pummel one of my players but I'm too big of a wuss to do anything about it, so I'll just skate over to him and talk him into submission."
Chara said he had no idea what Ward said to him. What was going through his mind was probably "Rage, RAge, RAAAGE!"
Also according to Cam Ward, opposing goalies aren't allowed to come at him and give him choice words evena fter he decided to leave his creace to give Chara choiced words.
“I was surprised, but I didn’t take it as a serious threat. It is what it is. [It was] nothing,” said Ward, who earned No. 1 Star honors for the game while making 33 saves in an oft-times brilliant performance. “I don’t even know what was said [with Rask]. Obviously, my heart rate didn’t even get up or anything. Basically, I told him to get down back in his own end and he did."
NESN.com had the same quote with "I'm not gonna waste my time with Tuukka Rask." at the end.
But surprised? Tuukka's been looking for a fight last couple years. We forget the game, but remember that Thomas had to keep the bench door closed after a scrum started in the corner. Tuukka (who was pulled at the end of the game) wanted to jump out and give some bitches pedigrees, HHH style. Also, this:
He went back down to his own crease 'cause Ward wouldn't drop the gloves. But we'll let Ward think he shoo'd Rask away like a little puppy.
Whena asked what he said to Cam Ward, Tuukka Rask said "I asked why he jumped my guys?"
Maybe with some choiced Finnish words, too.
Nothing shows how manly and tough you are than being a guy who's covered in thick padding from head to toe and can't be farted on without a penalty being called, calling two men willing to drop gloves (including a fellow goalie) and throw it down as "not tough" -- after the game.
Hell, Ward's not much of a fighter anyways. He got taken out to dinner, banged and left with no cab money on the dresser by Michael Leighton of all people.
In short. Cam Ward is a pussy and Eric Staal is a goat fucker.
I'm done listening to the fucking bullshit that gets spewed throughout this fanbase. Yesterday must have been "tell everyone to relax" day because that's all anyone did. "Oh, it's 5 games into the season, relax." "They won the Stanley Cup, relax." "They have Tuukka and Timmy, relax." Fuck off. What are you going to tell me now? "Oh, it's only 6 games into the season, relax." Sorry bud, I'm not going to relax anymore. Are you watching the type of hockey this team is playing? It's pure dog shit. Head off to a dog park in Boston and look for those tightly coiled mud-pies on the ground because they are a good indication of how the Bruins are playing. Actually, the shit may be a little too tight. Eat a bunch of Mexican food and drink about a case of Bud Light. The excrement that falls from your anal evacuation is a better indication of how these guys play: Messy. Smelly. Shitty.
But that's okay because they won the Stanley Cup right? It doesn't matter that they've been outplayed in three of the last four games and are 2-4-0 on the season. 1 win. 1 fucking win and it didn't come against Colorado or two meetings against Carolina. Luckily, it was a dominating performance against the Lightning. The other 2 points came from a shootout win over Chicago. So the Bruins have 4 points in 6 games and are sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, but they won a Stanley Cup so it's okay right?
Sorry everyone, but before getting into the recap, there is a little matter of retribution for a crack Justin made in the preview...plus I need to get out some anger over that game
What a god damn joke this game was, thank god I took notes during the game, otherwise all I would remember about this shitshow is the abortion that was the 3rd period. Hell, even Julien got kicked out of the game. The total penalty minutes for the Bruins came to 82. Sure, there were some bad calls, but the Bruins didn't help things.
Oh and to all those "fans" that were thowing stuff onto the ice, die in a fire. To all those who condone or encourage throwing stuff on the ice...get 3rd degree burns in a fire.
The first period was an exercise in frustration, Bruins brought great pressure, but Ward was god damned unbeatable. That combined with Joe Corvo going down and out was enough to bring our piss to a boil.
The second period didn't look much different...oh, except for the giant scrum towards the end. It was nice to see some passion, and even nicer to see Chara step up, even if he got 17 minutes of penalties for it. Lucic even showed a little heart. Things got a little chippy, sure, but I don't think anyone saw the 3rd period coming.
Boston Bruins look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
They're coming off a huge win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Terrific, competetive game from both sides. We'd love to see a Bruins-Blackhawks finals, mostly 'cause it'd let us trash talk with BHDL more.
Kampfer's been on the ice practicing this week. He took a huge, accidental hit from Lucic at the end of practice. You know it was accidental 'cause Looch was the one that threw the hit. Guy hasn't thrown a check since Kessel left Boston. Is Kessel the soruce of Looch's power? Dear god...
Krejci also hit the ice for the first time today though he didn't do line rushes. He won't suit up. Adam "Brickhead" McQuaid is a game time decision. Pretty sure McQuaid at 50% is still better than Bartkowski at 110%.
"The team was lifeless for 2 1/4 periods. It wasn't until Wonder Boy Tyler Seguin ripped a lazer did the team finally woke up. Kid looked pissed after his goal. Average age of the teams best scorers this year is 21. Yay for veteran leadership.
In fact, everyone but Seguin, Marchand, Rask and Thomas have been like ghosts for most of the young season. Unreal. Someone needs to tell the boys that preseason is over. These games count."
The game was lame. Best part was Pizz spotting Margaret McPoyle. Hoping she makes a return tonight with better Bruins results.
Also, we tried recording another podcast last night with TalkShoe Live and it was another failure. Looking at alternatives. Might go with BlogTalk Radio but we kinds need a sponsor to pay for the yearly fee (taking donations and sponsors now). Anyone else more familiar with podcasting have ideas? We have a shoestring budget, or as we like to call it at DOY HQ, a budget the size of Pizz's penis.
More after the jump... including where to watch tonight's game online, gameday links and the projected roster
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