Ya know, this is pretty fucking funny.
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Ya know, this is pretty fucking funny.
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If you're looking for some Red Sox stuff, keep it moving. You won't find it here.
Last night the Bruins were in Pittsburgh, playing their asses off but eventually losing 3-2. Hey, Pittsburgh is a good, elite NHL team. What else can you say? There needs to be some expectations tonight for the game vs the Ducks. The Bruins are playing the second of a back-to-back. Last week, when they did that against San Jose they looked slow and tired, but somehow beat the Sharks on some last minute David Krejci magic.
Also, there's no Teemu Selanne thanks to Luke Schenn, which has people in a tizzy because this is the only time he'll be in Boston on his 4 year farewell NHL tour.
Let's not get it twisted though, the Ducks are a good hockey team. They are also getting Dustin Penner back so insert whatever breakfast joke you want to now because that's the hip thing to do. But seriously, the Ducks are an offensive machine - they've scored 42 goals so far this season (which would rank them 2nd in Goals For in the East), but then can't really keep them out of the net.
Their goal differencial is +9 which isn't overly fantastic for a team is currently in third place in the Western Conference. Honestly, you have to wonder how Anaheim is even doing this considering Jonas Hiller has been adequate, at best, in net for them. Hiller currently has a 2.56 GAA and a SV% of .913, yet he has 5 wins on the season.
Also, since it Halloween - Anaheim should bust these bad boys out:
Give us the Mighty Duck, dammit! We deserve it.Add a comment
Waaaaaaaaaaah. Waaaaaah. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. Chara. CHARA. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Wah. Wah. Wah. Torey Krug! MEAN. Waaaaaaaaaaaaah.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: It is HILARIOUS to see Jon bash Crosby. Jon has been giving Crosby reach arounds without question for years)
Crap. Sorry everyone. Sidney Crosby hijacked the recap for a second there and started to write it in his native tongue. In the immortal words of Wheatus, you must admit that he's a punk ass bitch.
INSANE pace to that game though. Sucks for the players on both sides though with every media outlet everywhere trying to hype the game like it was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It wasn't "like a playoff" game Pierre McGuire, Boston media and Pittsburgh media. Do you know why? BECAUSE IT'S OCTOBER!
Check a friggin' calendar. It's October. OCTOBER. O-C-T-O-B-E-R.
Seriously. Stop being lazy and using stupid ass "revenge" storylines and come up with some original stories to write about you monkeys.
What a game though. Sucks that the Bruins lost but hockey games don't come much better than that. The game was incredibly intense right from the puck drop an ended with more action than a Friday night gang bang in the 70s.
Awesome game to watch though. What it really came down to is the Bruins simply made a couple more mistakes than the Penguins and the Penguins capitalized big time. Pens are too talented not to.
Pens D was worlds different than the last time the Bruins saw them too. Pittsburgh's team defense SMOTHERED the Bruins for long stretches and Rask had to bail his team out several times.
Can the Bruins and Penguins just play each other 70 more times this season? All the players on both sides would likely be dead by the end. If for some idiotic reason someone you know doesn't like hockey make them watch this game. If they're still not a fan hit them in the head with a hammer because they should never breed.
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Somewhere deep down in the bowels of CEC, Mario Lemieux is pacing back and forth with the thought of the Eastern Conference Finals haunting him. Somewhere in some Pittsburgh high rise, Sidney Crosby wakes up screaming with nightmares of Tuukka Rask stopping pucks. Somewhere else, in Russia, Evgeni Malkin wears a cod piece and goes fishing.
I actually don't know if any of these things outside of Geno going fishing actually happen, but tonight is the first meeting of these two teams since the Penguins were embarrassed by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals. One could also make the case that this current Pens team isn't as good as last year's Pens team. They're currently without James Neal, Beau Bennett and Rob Scuderi (who was injured in the game vs Toronto). Also, don't forget about ex-Bruins Chuck Kobasew, who will now be out for an extended period of time.
But they're still one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Look, say what you want about Crosby. He's a bitch, he's a crybaby, he whines and for some reason he put out a video and tried to target Chara as to intentionally punching him in the jaw but he's fucking dominating so far this season. Dude leads the league in points (20), is second in assists (12) and sixth in goals (8). Do I think the way he goes about his shit off the ice is a problem in Pittsburgh? Maybe, but there's no doubt he brings it on the ice.
Except in the Conference Finals.
But the Penguins can be beat, especially by the Bruins. If Boston wants to win this game, they need to do what they do best - grind Pittsburgh down. It's cliche, I know, but Boston deployed a trap style of defense in the Conference Finals that Pittsburgh couldn't shake free from. Could Claude deploy that tonight? No idea. I'm not sure shaking up your system for one game is worth the two points this early in the season. Then again, two points is two points and since Toronto looks legit this early on, you grab them when you can.
Either way, Crosby is going to have a hell of a time trying to shake off Patrice Bergeron as much as Patrice Bergeron is going to have a hell of a time keeping Sidney Crosby in check.
It should be a pretty good game tonight, except that it's on NBC Sports Network which means we have to listen to Pierre ballwash the Penguins for three hours.
Also, fuck baseball.
There, I said it.
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The "Delay of Game" penalty has plauged the NHL since it's inception. It bit the Bruins in the ass Saturday night when Patrice Bergeron inadvertantly put the puck over the glass and put Boston 6-on-3 against New Jersey.
Here's the video, curteosy of Dafoomie. If you haven't ever been to Dafoomie's channel, that's ashame. He continually posts Bruins highlights the night of a finished game. Subscribe to his channel, you won't be disappointed.
The Devils eventually scored the game winning goal with about 45 seconds left on the clock. The rule itself is pretty cut and dry, from NHL.com:
"When any player, while in his defending zone, shoots or bats (using his hand or his stick) the puck directly (non-deflected) out of the playing surface, except where there is no glass, a penalty shall be assessed for delaying the game. When the puck is shot into the players’ bench, the penalty will not apply. When the puck is shot over the glass ‘behind’ the players’ bench, the penalty will be assessed."
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I really have now words for the game I watched last night. After the first period, we all thought the game was over - and apparently so did the Bruins. Yes, one can totally blame the referee for making a horrible call on Bergeron's "Delay of Game" penalty, but the Bruins shouldn't have put themselves in that position to begin with.
I got nothing. Gutting loss really.Add a comment
The Bruins escaped Thursday with their lives against one of the best teams in the NHL. Tonight should be a more winnable game because the Devils are still trying to find themselves. Yeah, they're like Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love but without the horse teeth smile.
You know, that's not the first time I've made an Eat, Pray, Love reference and I feel shame. Every single fucking time. And I've never even watched that dreaded shit storm on a movie.
New Jersey isn't a world beater by any stretch of the imagination. They've only won one game so far, but still rank above the Sabres because they've lose in overtime four times.
I'm not saying that this will be an easy game for the Bruins because Cory Schneider has been good in goal for the Devils. His GAA is hovering a bit above 2 at 2.15, but his save percentage is .915 - but I'm sure some of that has to be because his defense came straight from the Sargento farm.
But none of that matters because Uncle Daddy is getting the start in net tonight. Yeah, Uncle Daddy. Brodeur is currently on his farewell tour and hasn't really been playing lights out - though that's expected for a 100 year old goaltender (cough, Tim Thomas).
Brodeur is currently rocking a GAA of 3.40 and a SV% of .865. Yikes. Brodeur has even come out and said that Cory Schneider is the Devils' number one goaltender now. It's pretty obvious that the Marty Party is finally ending this year, but you have to give a stick tap to the Devils organization who went out and acquired a good goaltender to carry the load from here on out.
There's been no news on Loui Eriksson, so I'm going with the "no news is good news" approach. We know that he's out indefinitely, but hopefully his recovery is swift. Speaking of swift, I'm not sure if John Scott's suspension was announced yet. If it was, I completely missed it because I was in Gotham kicking ass and taking names yesterday. If it hasn't, when it does, we'll have a post for you.
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Completely lost in the game yesterday was Zdeno Chara hitting Tommy Wingels (hehehe, Wingels) in the corner in the first period. And by completely lost we mean no one realy saw it (except San Jose) and it wasn't until this morning that we even heard there was a lost head shot in the game. Here's video:
Not the best of angles, but it definitely looks like Chara got Wingels up high and a bit late. But it appears that Zdeno Chara won't get even a phone call from Shanahan and company, according to PHT. There was no penalty on the play, amazingly. Refs probably weren't even looking in that direction.
If anyone has a better/closer view of the hit let us know.
Wingels also got rocked by Dougie earlier in the first.Add a comment
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It was the second game of a back to back for our dear Bruins. The night before was a bit of an emotional victory after the human pile of feces John Scott took out Loui, and later found out he'd be out indefinitely with a concussion.
The Sharks had been tearing teams apart like a great white shark would tear apart Justin. We had faith in our B's obviously, but it would've been understandable if they weren't exactly focused (which they weren't). Wow was that game ugly for the Bruins.
But then Tuukka Rask decided to debut his new brick wall costume he'll be wearing on Halloween. Iginla finally got on the board. And Krejci showed women around the world that while you may really want him, he reaches the goal in under a second.
Wasn't perfect by any means but what a huge victory. All Hail Tuukka Rask. Loui news still hurts, especially since he was starting to get rolling over the past few games but the B's will survive.Add a comment
Oh man. The rage I feel this morning after last night's game as I write this is unfathomable. If for some reason you have no idea what happened last night, here's a quick summation. Yup, a disgustingly dirty hit that is reminiscant of the Matt Cooke/Marc Savard hit. What's worse is that Loui Eriksson stayed in Buffalo overnight to get looked at as the Bruins traveled home to get ready for San Jose.
But enough about that clown, the Bruins have to get ready to face a real hockey team tonight. Yeah, the SAn Jose Sharks are legit this year. I gave a bunch of people shit for picking them to win the Stanley Cup, but early this season - they're no point. Statistically, they currently lead the league with a +24 goal differential (goals for minus goals against). The next highest? Colorado at a +16.
They're stacked from the net out - much like the Bruins. In net, Antti Niemi is 8-0-1 with a 1.64 GAA (6th in the league) and a SV% of .930 (11th in the league). Their defense is sold and the San Jose wingers are not only explosive, but they're talented.
Plus there will be another awkward looking Hamilton on the ice as Freddie Hamilton will play against his brother Dougie.
Yeah, Dougie and Freddie.
Jesus Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton, they're going to be adults at some point - Freddie and Dougie aren't exactly name you'd be calling a thirty year old. Or at least I wouldn't. I don't know, I guess I don't know that many Freds or Dougs but if I did, I wouldn't call him Freddie or Dougie. It makes me feel creepy.
Speaking of creepy, am I the only one who wants to see if Joe Thornton lives up to his cock comment and see him score four tonight?
@PezDOY not until Oct 24— Greg Kessler (@GJFKessler) October 11, 2013
No, I'm not apparently.
I may be one of the few Bruins fans who hold no ill will towards Joe Thornton. I mean, he was a member of #TeamPooh for Christ sakes!
But I'm still fired up over John Scott so I apologize for the shortened preview.Add a comment