#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.
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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.
If you think I'm taking that to an extreme check out this quote he gave Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe:
“All year, nothing happened,” Horton said. “I waited for a long time. It just came down to, at the end, for my family I wanted a place where my kids could be outside. That’s kind of what it came down to...."
Excuse me for a minute while I call bullshit on the first part of that quote. Of course nothing happened Nathan, you're injury prone. I'm not sure what he was expecting when it was obvious that Chiarelli and company were waiting to see if the guy could make it through a season (and a half season, basically) without an injury.
I wouldn't take that as a slight though, since Peter Chiarelli has said that the team traded Tyler Seguin away to make cap room to sign Horton.
The second part, about his children being able to go outside is something I believe. I've mentioned it multiple times - Horton came from a hockey market where no one gave a shit to a place that is absolutely bananas about hockey. I feel bad because I wouldn't want to take my kids to the movies and be bombarded with questions and requests for autographs and pictures, but come on.
It's okay to say "I didn't want to come back there." You don't need to play nice with the Bruins anymore considering this 7 year, $37M contract could be his last NHL contract.
Boston only plays Columbus two more times (both in November [Thanks, Sarah]), so this Nathan Horton bullshit shouldn't be around any longer.
Oh no, the dreaded matinee game. Even worse, a dreaded matinee away game. The Bruins travel to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets, marking Boston's first away game of the season. Unfortunately, these aren't the Jackets of a few years ago. This team looks to be legit and that pisses me off because I don't want Columbus to be legit.
It's not like I hate Columbus or anything, but they are trying WAY too hard to be a hockey market and it comes off forced. First was that whole 'Lumbus bullshit from last year - like typing COlumbus is so fucking hard. It's not, but this team and it's shitty social media marketing has to try and make #Lumbus a thing. LUMBUS ISN'T A THING, LUMBUS SHOULD NEVER BE A THING. Stop it. That's like hipster style, lazy fuckery.
Next is the cannon. Oh the cannon. How I fucking hate that fucking cannon. If you've never experienced the cannon for some reason - here it is:
Seemingly these dickbags shoot the cannon whenever something good happens.
Blue Jackets score a goal? Shoot the cannon.
Win the game? Shoot the cannon.
Win a face off? Shoot the cannon.
Save the puck? Shoot the cannon.
Someone enters the arena? Shoot the cannon.
Shoot the cannon.
Shoot the cannon.
The last thing I detest about Columbus is Nathan Horton.
Look, I get that you wanted out of Boston. You came from a place where hockey didn't matter (Florida) to a place where hockey only mattered to most people after 2010. I get that you probably didn't like taking your kids outside and be bombarded by fans for autographs and weirdos writing fan fiction about you. I get it.
What I don't get is why you came up with such shitty excuses about leaving Boston. Oh, you signed with a team because you got to pet a penguin at their zoo? Oh wow, gee Nathan that's awesome. I'm glad Boston doesn't have a place that you could call up and say:
"Hey, I'm Nathan Horton and I play for the Boston Bruins. My kid fucking loves penguins and I was wondering if he could pet one."
Yeah, I'm glad Boston doesn't have a big ass place on the ocean that has a big ass fucking pit of penguins just squawking and shitting and having a grand old time.
Oh, they do. You gutless twat. Leaving such a big decision like this to a five year old is like closing your eyes while driving down the highway because you want to get lost in a song on the radio. Maybe it has something to do about an ex-Bruin getting it in with Mrs. Horton?
Good thing Nathan has kept busy in Columbus at least.
Well. That was ugly. Giguere played his balls off. B's looked like a team that played four days in a row instead of a team that had four days off. Whatever. Roy has his team playing ridiculous. B's are still awesome.
If you've been under a rock, you totally missed out on when Tomas Hertl opened a can of whoop ass on the New York Rangers and scored four goals - the last being an absolute beauty of a goal. The 19 year old Swedish rookie pulled out some amazing shit. If you missed it, here it is:
Now mainstream media jerkoffs like Damien Cox are putting the kid out to slaughter because he was "showing off" and "showing poor sportsmanship".
If Hertl had done it in a shootout, I'd have absolutely no problem with it. But he wouldn't, we all know that.
So what's Cox' problem with the goal? That Hertl didn't just dump the puck and skate away because the Rangers completely imploded? Did he just want him to skate straight and shoot the puck into the goalie's glove?
I didn't know that sports was also in the business of being nice. This isn't a kid's skate at HockeyTown - this is the NHL. It's the same arugment when the Patriots were runing the score up on scrubs in 2007. If you don't like what's happening, stop someone.
I know that's weird for me to say, but I played sports up through college and I've been on the losing end of some curbstompings, but you deal with it. Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates also came out and openly stated his displeasure with Hertl:
“I’m upset. I was just talking to George [McPhee] and he said all the kids do that nowadays, which I understand. But would he have done it on his first goal?” Oates said. “He hasn’t scored yet tonight and he gets a breakaway, is he going to do that on his breakaway? We’ll see."
Why should it matter the score or time of the game to do something like this? I can't stress enough that this is the NHL, not some Squirts game. I'm also a little puzzled how Adam Oates is upset with something like this when he has one of the biggest showboaters in the NHL tallies on the board for his club.
Where was everyone on March 16, 2013 when Patrick Kane - up 7-1 on Dallas at the time - whipped out this bad boy
I did a quick google search for "Patrick Kane spinorama disrespectful" and nothing. Nothing from Cox, nothing from head coaches across the league.
It's your typical "We see people having fun and we hate it" bullshit argument that I use when the Red Sox win a playoff series and party like it's 1999. Part of me also believes that if Sidney Crosby or (insert high profile NHLer) pulled this off - it would be a commercial everywhere and people like Cox and Dupont would be telling us how great of a feat it is.