That is what we've been waiting for. The first three games against the Canadiens this season the Bruins were flat. Lifeless. Defeated. The rivalry had fizzled a bit. Tonight was wildy different.
182 penalty minutes were assessed. There were multiple line brawls. The Canadiens were up to their typical tactics.... cheap shots, running away when the refs weren't around, diving. And the Bruins made them boy. Oh boy did they make them pay.
Neither team played good defense. Neither team got good goaltending. Both teams tried to make a statement. Only the Bruins succeeded. This is their division. Montreal came into the TD Garden and tried to cheapshot their way to victory. They left bloody and battered, stripped of their pride. Embarassed.
This was the spark we've all been waiting for against the hated Habs. Two points on the line. The Habs just two points back. The Bruins weren't perfect. Far from it. But they got the job done when it matter. They beat Montreal on the scoreboard and then beat their faces in. Luckily for us, these two teams meet two more times this season. Hopefully they don't have short memories.
After the jump, we went to a fight and a hockey game broke out........
“You do not, I don’t care if your teammate is an axe murderer, what you’ve got to say to the guy that’s there, you go into the dressing room and you tell him that was a dirty hit … you never go to the press like Ference did and say that was a bad hit." -- Don Cherry on Ference/Paille
Well it turns out when Matt Cooke knocked Savard out with an elbow to the head last year, Bill Guerin criticized Cooke and Grapes had no problem with the idea then. Jump to around 3:30 in the video.
"And when one of [Cooke's] own [teammates], Guerin -- who's been in the league for how long -- critizes him, you know something's wrong. And I can't belive he's not suspended." --Don Cherry on Guerin/Cooke
So it's cool if Guerin does it but not Ference? What's the difference? Is it 'cause Cooke is a notorious dirty player and Paille's a first-time offender? Is it because Billy G. is awesome and Andrew Ference spends his weekends recylcing?
Regular season games don't get any bigger than this. In our minds, this is a playoff game.
Montreal is just two points back. A win tonight for the Bruins steals two points from the Habs and gives them a four point division lead. No overtime win tonight. No shootout win tonight. Bruins need to kill the Habs in regulation. Literally or figuratively. We really don't care which.
Our dear Bruins have not beat Montreal this season. They've been outscored 10-6 in three games. Each game against Montreal, the Bruins have put on clinics in "What Not to Do While Playing Hockey."
The rivalry hasn't been the same the past two seasons. The team doesn't get up for it. The fans don't get up for it. That needs to change.
The Days of Y'Orr crew will be at TD Garden tonight. Help us out. From the drop of the puck, starting chanting. Let the Bruins know you're there. If the Bruins go down a goal or two keep chanting. Harass Habs fans without getting violent and douchey. When the Canadien national anthem is sung (hopefully by Rene) sing along. Who cares. Do Jack proud and make that building vibrate.
Get wild. Make sure when you leave the TD Garden tonight you don't have a fucking voice. This isn't just a game. This is a playoff game.
After the jump..... Seguin scratched, Caron in and some awesome videos from sports greatest rivalry.....
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We're stoked to get yet another blog award nomination in our first year. But we've yet to win. We're tired of being the bridesmade; goddammit, we want to be the bride for once!!
Anyways, the voting goes until the end of February 14th and the award ceremony is the 15th, which is funny because there's a Bruins game that day and half of the DOY crew, at least, won't be present at the ceremony. Would seem fitting, yes? No word if Purrgeron will be on attendance.
For those of you interested in the event, it's at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar & Grille on Tuesday, February 15th at 7PM. This year's awards are being hosted by "El Pres" from Barstool Sports which should make for an interesting event. To vote for Days of Y'Orr for "Best Bruins Blog" visit http://www.trufan.com/nesb_vote. You can vote once per day.
But if you're not sure why we're better than our "competitors" (for lack of a better word), here ya go:
Those are just a few of the endless reasons why you should vote Days of Y'Orr as New England's "Best Bruins Blog." If we've convinced you -- and we sure hope we have -- head over to TruFan and give us a vote. You can vote once per day until the end of the 14th.
Welcome to Grinding Gears. Last time Angry Bruins Fan, Greg, went on a rant about the All-Star game entertainment.This week, Greg talks about the mismanagement of Tyler Seguin by the Boston Bruins staff.
You know what's pissing me off this week? The Bruins development of Tyler Seguin. When Seguin was coming out of Plymouth a lot of people were calling him a "face of the franchise" center. They were comparing him to Steven Stamkos. They were saying he will save the Boston franchise.
His stat line right now? 51 games played, 8 goals and 9 assists.
Now, before everyone jumps all over me, my issue here isn't with his actual talent. My problem is how Seguin is being used for the Bruins. Seguin has played very little center this season and has seen a lot of time on the third and fourth lines. He's been combined with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder and recently with Shawn Thornton and Greg Campbell on the fourth line. In fact, the last few games have seen him play wing while Campbell centers the "energy line" for the Bruins.
Conversely, look at the guy taken number one overall, Taylor Hall. Hall has played in 52 games this season and is closing in on 20 goals (17 as of this writing) and has 15 assists (32 points). Although Hall is on the worst team in the NHL, he's proving as to why he was taken number one overall.
After the jump... more ranting on Tyler Seguin's development...
With the trade deadline three weeks away, people have begun to talk about which players can be traded to get some talent and which players can not. I think it's a good argument, especially when it comes to players like Adam McQuaid and Mark Stuart, but there are some people out there that believe guys like Tuukka Rask can be moved.
So with the trade deadline approaching, it's time to take a look at what/who the Bruins have that can be moved for a puck moving defenseman (#1 need) or depth at the forward position. People may agree with this list or they may not, but I want to hear from you on the Bruins movable assets.
We know every other Bruins blog out there has already done a post on this, but whatever. We think Matt Kalman over at theBruinsBlog.net had the first post about it -- least the first one we saw. So thanks to him for pointing this out to Bs fans.
Last night Don Cherry called Andrew Ference out for calling out (?) Daniel Paille's bad hit. And by called out we mean Grapes ripped Ference a new asshole.
“You do not, I don’t care if your teammate is an axe murderer, what you’ve got to say to the guy that’s there, you go into the dressing room and you tell him that was a dirty hit … you never go to the press like Ference did and say that was a bad hit... And I’m going to tell you something, I’d hate to be in that dressing room right now. See what happened in the game today? 2-0. That brings your dressing room down when you have a guy in the dressing room talking about your own players and you know he’s going to be suspended." --Don "Grapes" Cherry
Let's get a few things straight here. First off, Ference called the hit "bad" not "dirty" which is pretty accurate. There was no elbow thrown at the head and the initial contact looked shoulder-to-shoulder, so it's not a dirty hit. However, it was a bad hit by today's NHL rules and standards. You can't sideswipe a guy anymore above their ribcage without risk of being fined and suspended.
We also like how Ference is transcending the typical blindly stick up for your teammate culture and looking at the big picture. It is hypocritical to get angry about the Cooke-Savard hit but then just dust off the Paille hit. Yes, the Cooke hit is 10x worse because of the angle, the target and the elbow, but Paille's hit still falls in that same realm. We're also pretty sure that the media probably asked Ference what he thought of the hit (though we weren't there, so not 100% sure). We doubt Ference pulled an Avery. He's looking at the league as a whole and not as separate entities. The guy has his head on his shoulders (no pun intended)
Secondly, we doubt that Ference's comments caused the Bruins to lose yesterday. In fact, we'll bet our non-existing trust funds that Ference's comment didn't cause the Bruins to not score. If Lucic thought "Hmm.. that Ference is an asshole; I think I'll miss this open net" than he probably doesn't deserve to wear a Bruins uniform. That's a ludicrous assumption -- something not new to Grapes.
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Today's recap is going to be terribly disappointing. The entire Days of Y'Orr staff was either a the game or had previous obligations and now we're heading to some friends birthday parties. It is hard to write down funny funny jokes when you're falling asleep watching your favorite team repeatedly dump the puck into the offensive zone and then not chase it. Plus they don't let us take computers to our seats. Weird.
Really, this loss isn't that big of a deal. The Bruins have been playing some good hockey lately. It just hurts more today because the Habs won and that division lead is just two points. Bruins next game is against Montreal. That is going to be huge. HUGE. If the B's don't get amped up for that we're going to lose a lot of confidence in this team's chances to deliver a Cup.
If you come to this game today, you're probably like us and want a refund. We paid to see a hockey game, not too teams try to one up each other in a "who sucks more today" contest. Neither team was good. We're not like some that think every defensive hockey game sucks. There was just very little action. At all. Both teams treated the puck like it was going to explode.
The Bruins were good defensivley. Only allowed eleven shots through the first two periods. There was just no urgency in the offensive end and the powerplay was about as pretty as Phil Kessel in a dress. Though we heard he finds that comfortable.
After the jump, we offer some quick thoughts on the game.....
Bruins hit the ice...ice is in the Garden...Sharks are in the Garden...
San Jose Sharks!
The Sharks and the infamous Joe Thornton have arrived! Be prepared to hear some boos. Honestly, we're not sure we get why, sure he was an awful captain and didn't quite live up to expectations while in Boston, but I'm not sure that was possible. Either way, he still doesn't deserve the Kessel treatment!
If your a Sharks/Thornton fan visiting the Garden today...you're gonna need a bigger boat.
Yes, we really are making Jaws references.
After the jump: Want to see a bear surfing on a shark? Of course you do!