No team wins every game in the playoffs. It just doesn't happen. But when the team you love doesn't even look like they're trying, you can't even accurately describe the level of frustration.
The Bruins laid yet another egg last night. Not sure if they are aware the playoffs started. Sure Chara was out. But no one else on that team stepped up. Thomas was handing the Canadiens goes on a silver platter. Price was rarely even bothered. Guy hasn't had to work hard all series. Not a good sign.
You can try to point to Montreal's diving and cheap shots but the Bruins thus far have shown a complete inability or lack of desire to overcome that. What we're seeing is the same exact team we saw in Game 7 against Carolina in 2009 and Game 7 in Philadelphia in 2010.
The Habs might be a shitty, cowardly, whiny piece of crap organization. But the Bruins are proving themselves to be an organization with a loser mentally and that needs to change quickly.
When your GM and coach keep saying the team is playing well and that simply playing their best is their goal.... well, we should've known we were in trouble. All that talk about learning from past playoff mistakes looks like bullshit right now. You have to wonder if the culture in the team is a culture of winning.
We HATE Scott Burnside around here. Guy is a hack. But a couple years ago he wrote this
. At the time it seemed crazy. But now?
We haven't been people that have been on the "Fire Claude" bandwagon this season. But as he and the rest of the coaching staff seemingly REFUSE to make adjustments at even strength, on the power play.... anywhere.... you have to wonder if the Devils were right that year.
The line that is ringing most true to us right now is when Burnside quoted Lamoriello:"I don't think we're at a point of being ready both mentally and [physically] to play the way that is necessary going into the playoffs," Lamoriello said outside an empty Devils locker room at the Continental Airlines Arena. "I am not saying that is going to change. But I think there has to be better focus going forward."
If this play keeps up you wonder if the Bruins are forced to make some moves after the season.
The blame doesn't solely on the coaching staff. Not even the players are making adjustments. You have to wonder if the "loser mentality" of the GM saying simply playing well is the goal seeps down to the team.
The Bruins are down 2-0. Every game is a must win. Maybe the Bruins are just waiting to make a comeback of their own. We'll find out Monday. After the jump.... where's the first line.... where's the heart....