Did you miss last night's Behind the B? Don't worry, per usual Team DOY has your back.
Personally, I haven't been a fan of the series. Maybe it's my natural cynicism, but I can't trust a broadcast from NESN to be unbiased of a product/team/etc someone has a stake in. I just can't. Re-watch episode 1, it was a complete Tyler Seguin trashing job to justify him being traded.
Stephen Lepore has been covering hockey and the NHL on television since 2006. Puck the Media was launched independently in 2008 and joined SB Nation in 2012 (where he also covers the NFL on TV). In addition, he hosts Puck the Media Radio, a freeform internet radio interview show and extension of the site. He has also been a freelance contributor to The Hockey News (print edition). He has a B.A. in Communications and graduated with department honors from Caldwell College. He resides in New Jersey. Lepore now writes for Puck Drunk Love, Awful Announcing, as well as USA Today.
This weekend I debuted our first NHL 14 video detailing some expectations of our Youtube channel. My first official ranked game was pretty good, I went up 2-0 in the first period and the guy quit out. I also handled Andrew Shaw with Shawn Thornton and rocked the Winter Classics uniforms. If you've missed my first video, you can catch it here:
So yeah, you get the jist of what I'm going for. Some gameplay, some commentary, talk about bullshit and all that jazz. This year, NHL 14 has released a "Live the Life" mode, which looks like a stripped down version of NBA 2K's "My Player". This year, I want to get in on some Live the Life stuff for the channel. This is where our readers come in.
Man, the Bruins almost blew that one huh. Apparently if teams want a shot at beating Boston, the only thing you need to do is spot them a 2 goal lead at some point because they're sure to blow it and fight for their lives. It is inevitably bound to happen. I mean, whenever Boston takes a two goal lead, I have to tweet this out:
And while the tweet is somewhat in jest, it's actually becoming a real problem with this team over the past few years. Last night, against a clearly inferior team, Boston went up 2 goals on Tim Thomas and almost pissed it away. You can make all the excuses that you want:
- Shitty ice (and boy was it shitty)
- Shitty crowd (shittier than the ice)
- Shittiest opponent
It doesn't matter. To win this division, you have to beat the teams are the bottom and scrape against the more "elite" teams. You have to beat Tampa Bay and Florida and Buffalo. The Bruins should always win five of the six meetings against these teams.
But hey, they don't ask you how you win - they just care if you win and the Bruins won. The better part about it? They beat Tim Thomas and while Thomas looked pretty good as the game went on, he has definitely "lost it". Thomas should have remained in the Bruins pantheon, to forever be engrained as one of the best Bruins goaltenders - not only of this generation - but in the franchise. Instead he's going to wilt away in Florida, but at least we get five more games of him.
If you've seen pictures of Tim Thomas as a Florida Panther, you've noticed he's rocking the snow white mask. It's about as plain as plain could get. Well that's apparently going to change sometime in the near future. Steve Nash of Eyecandyair, who has made almost every Tim Thomas NHL mask, pushed out some Vines showing him painting Thomas' new mask.
"We will destroy Sunrise, then when it is done and Sunrise Florida is ashes, then you have my permission to relocate."
It's happening. It is really fucking happening. Tim Thomas is playing in net tonight against his former team. You know the history behind it, so I'm not going to jump into everything that has happened up to this point. It is not for me to say anymore. Tonight, one of the greatest goalies to ever put on a Bruins sweater returns.
That's not to say that Tim Thomas is any good this season because he has been downright terrible. In 3 games, Thomas has a GAA of 5.05 and a SV% of .850. Yeah, you read that right:
But what do you expect in all honesty? Gone are the days where Tim Thomas has Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and the rest of the crew to block shots and shut down the opposing team's forwards. Now he has to rely on the likes of Brian Campbell, Matt Gilroy and Ryan fucking Whitney. I'm not surprised that he has looked like absolute dog shit outside of the sparkling performance in Dallas.
His last game, against Philadelphia on October 8th, he faced five shots and two of them went in for goals. He played all of 7:35 before leaving with an injury. This will be Thomas' first game back in 9 days, how sharp can he be?
Also, you have to give a nod to Florida on this. They know that most of the people going to the game tonight will probably be Boston-area relocaters, so they openly advertise Game 5 of the ALCS will be on TV's throughout the arena. Seriously, look:
Seriously, I'm not knocking the Panthers. That's probably one of the smartest things you can do and they embrace that almost every Panthers home game is a home game for a team that travels well. They're the Atlantic Division Islanders, more or less.
Also, can we pump the brakes on this "Tuukka Rask should fight Tim Thomas" shit going on? What a stupid fucking idea. Yeah, Tuukka Rask should fight Tim Thomas because...
We love goalie fights?
Because ZOMG WOULDN'T THAT BE AWESOMEEEEEEEEE?!?!?!
In a time where people are complaining about fighting left and right, current and ex-players are giving their opinions on it and everyone on Twitter is currently has a PHD in concussions - the last thing that need advocating is a goalie fight.
BUT, if there was going to be a goalie fight - I don't want some slap happy Tim Thomas/Carey Price smiling fight. I want a Patrick Roy/Chris Osgood, throw it down, Tuukka Rask Finnish Death Metal going absolutely fucking BERZERKER like the kid from Clerks fight.
Throw it down boys if you want, but don't make it some fucking shitty slap fest. Throw the punches, enjoy the moment.
#DOYLive returns tonight to talk about how the Bruins have fared in their first five games of the season. Team DOY will also talk about Marchand's slow start, what Chiarelli said about Seguin this morning, the Maple Leafs having a hot start, Kaleta being Shanabanned, Bruins ticket prices, and more.
We'll be joined by Bruins blogger Sarah Connors from the Stanley Cup of Chowder. The show starts at 8pm ET and you can watch by returning to this page then. A Youtube video will be embedded below.
Also, don't forget to send us your question on Twitter using #DOYLive or in the questions post on Facebook. We'll do our best to answer them.
I'll be honest with you guys, there is nothing like experiencing a Boston Bruins game live. It's fun as hell to take in the atmosphere - the people, the beer, the cheering, the screaming, the yelling of SHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT when the Bruins are on a power play, the weird ass house music during warm-ups - it really is an amazing time.
But Jeremy Jacobs is doing his best to make sure you can never afford tickets to the Bruins ever again. Forbes recently put out a survey of NHL teams and their average ticket prices. Not shockingly is the Toronto Maple Leafs rank first at nearly $370 per ticket ($368 and change). Here's the rest of the list until we hit Boston:
2. Chicago - $313.18
3. Winnipeg - $276.69
4. Edmonton - $272.75
5. Vancouver - $265.48
6. Calgary - $262.10
7. Montreal - $257.06
8. New York Rangers - 232.93
And then we come to number nine, which is the Boston Bruins. The number itself is a little shocking, but the percentage in which the ticket prices is risen is even more. From Forbes:
Following an impressive run to the Stanley Cup as a result of pure grit and Original Six style hockey, the Boston Bruins have seen a 37.26% rise in their average ticket price. While they opened last season at $162.12, this year the average price of Bruins tickets have climbed all the way to $222.53.
A 37% increase in ticket prices? Jesus Christ. Here are teams with a higher percentage in prices from last year to this:
1. Tampa Bay - 107.74% (26th overall in ticket prices)
2. New York Islanders - 102.91% (13th overall in ticket prices)
3. Anaheim - 86.71% (28 overall in ticket prices)
4. Chicago - 57.12% (2nd overall in ticket prices)
5. Carolina - 55.18% (22nd overall in ticket prices)
6. Florida - 42.24% (23rd overall in ticket prices)
Boston ranks 7th overall after those teams, but 9th overall in ticket prices.
Wonder why you can't go to a game?
(Stick tap to Puck Daddy for bringing this to light today. Appreciate it).
UPDATE: Reader Matt is a STH for the Bruins and sent us this image:
For those who don't know what's going on - Matt's ticket is $47 dollars while a ticket four rows behind him is going on ticket master for a little over $50 more.
Thank you Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Jordan Caron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith.
You've fucked us all.
And not literally, though Brad Marchand may be two-thirds through the city right now. The five of you may as well just pack your bags and go somewhere else because you've fucked us right in the cinnamon ring. That's right: The Curse of the Pop Star strikes again friends.
Bruins lose a matinee home game. Let us show you our surprised face.
Boston had plenty of chances. From the stands, it felt like the Boston had the better opportunities, but somehow they couldn't figure out how to bury pucks by Gustavsson. On the other side of the rink, Rask was good but a few mental errors by the defense and an extremely rare fuck up by Patrice Bergeron cost the Bruins three goals. Oof.
Meanwhile, Loui Eriksson ticks another goal off in hopes of proving Greg wrong about how many he'll score this season.
But like Christopher Columbus, Boston sucks at matinees... or something. I don't know anymore.