Being A Bruins Fan: The Realists Vs. The Cotton Candy Eating Unicorns

claude I have been accused lately of being too NEGATIVE of the Boston Bruins. The same Bruins team that I have followed for over 30 years. The squad I was in love with in the late 80’s. The same team that I rooted on during their lean years of the late 90’s. The franchise I cried man tears for when they finally raised Lord Stanley’s cup in 2011.

So folks…I am NO “Pink Hat”.

I am a REALIST.

I form opinions based on the quality of play on the ice. If the Bruins are producing more turnovers than a bakery….I am going to CRITICIZE them.

When they are blowing more 3rd period leads than a porn star in a gang bang, I am going to be PISSED.

When the power play looks like a bunch of ants fighting over a melting ice cream cone, I am going to be BOTHERED.

I am going to CALL THEM OUT when the effort level is far below the talent level.

I am not going to be a cotton candy eating unicorn (the same type of fan that KNEW the Bruins would win all three game sevens in 2011).

If the sky is falling, I am going to tell you and not BS you saying they are low lying clouds.

I LOVE the Bruins that is why I am CRITICAL of them.

It’s similar to when you catch your friend’s girl with another guy, are you going to say something to your friend because you care about him or are you going to look the other way?

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Since their loss versus Montreal in a 6-5 shootout loss on March 27, the Bruins are 7-7-3.

Mediocre.

In their last 9, Boston is 2-5-2.

HORRID.

This is when the Habs were treading water, the Bruins deep sixed rather than rise above to win the division.

The LONE bright spot this season has been the goaltending. The Bruins were THIRD in the league in goals against average. Tuukka Rask posted a league leading in five shutouts.

So there is your POSITIVITY.

Granted, the playoffs is a different type of hockey.

The intensity is off the charts, but I have not seen intensity from the “Spoked B” in 6 weeks.

A few games may be a fluke, but six weeks is a TREND.

They have a somewhat favorable match-up with the Leafs, but their lack of offensive punch and defensive breakdowns TROUBLE me.

Break out the Maalox & I PRAY The Bruins prove me WRONG.

5 comments

  • This team has tuned out the coach. Claude is stubborn and won't change even one bit and he can't seem to realize that this team won the Cup because our favorite survivalist stood on his head and stole it for him. He somehow things that his "system" is the reason. It's the same thinking that got him canned in NJ prior to the playoffs. At that time his GM in NJ said he felt his team — led by Claude — "was not ready for the playoffs". Do they look ready now? He hope for the best but fear the worst is yet to come for this version of my favorite team.

    • I fear Claude's days may be numbered.

    • Jay … right on the money …. And I am not one of those lunatics that have been calling for Claude`s head after every loss for the past 3 years . I have been a supporter of his . But in the last month it seems pretty clear to me that he has to go . I agree that the team has tuned him out . And why shouldnt they . The PP has been pathetic for three years . That is not a talent problem . That is a systemic problem . And that is all on Claude . And what is he thinking putting Lucic on the PP and demoting Seguin ? I still think there is time to get rid of him before the playoffs start . It wont happen but if it were my call I would have Neely coach the rest of the way and then find a proper coach after the season .

  • Claude's future depends on the next week or so. And it should.

  • Joe, You are just calling a spade a spade. Ference is getting caught pinching in and Krejci is dangling instead of dishing. The in-game adjustments lack cohesion and are counter productive.

    Keep on calling them as you see them and you are a must follow on Twitter for all Bruins fans. In fact, I don't think you promote your Twitter handle as often as you should. If the Bruins make a run at the Finals, you'll have 4,000 followers without breaking a sweat.

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