Safe To say that Bruins fans have lost their friggin’ minds (like Cam Neely) as this team has gone from elite to mediocre (and that’s being nice) in a matter of 8 months. All GM Peter Chiarelli has done is subtract from the roster that was the best in the regular season last year. He gave everyone on the team 25 years deals, gave everyone including the TD Garden janitor a no trade clause and traded a top four defensemen which was a “core guy” for a lifetime’s supply of turtle wax from the now playoff bound N.Y. Islanders. So the U.S.S. Boston Bruins has been taking on water and Cap’n Pete is holding on to the wheel steering towards a wicked big friggin’ iceberg.
Pete….we are still waiting…..and waiting….and waiting for that trade!
So the folks at Big Bad Bruins, BST&N & Dirty Water Tees figured we might as well kill some time and vent some frustrations by getting YOUR creative juices flowing.
We want you to use your anger for something good like making a fantastic Peter Chiarelli MEME!
Frustration. Disappointment. Downright Anger.
Team President Cam Neely encapsulates how every Bruins fan feels right now after yet another unsettling loss, this time to the Ottawa Senators at home.
Yeah Sea Bass I want to punch something or SOMEONE as well. Can you tell Peter to meet me at the bike rack behind TD Garden at 3PM?
Unlike in seasons past, the Bruins have led fans on an up-and-down ride so far in 2014-15. Just when they are able to string a couple of strong wins against quality teams together, it seems they are followed with a shootout defeat and then a 6-2 loss. As the calendar turns to 2015, the Black and Gold will certainly need to find that element of consistency that has been eluding them this season, but for now, let’s take a look at the numbers from the last couple of weeks. They include a season high in shots on goal, a look at the goal output with and without one of the team’s best players, a first for one Boston defenseman and everybody on the ice getting into the act against Detroit. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
The Bruins are glad 2014 is over and know they need to battle to make up ground.
0: The fourth line of Matt Fraser, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille combined for zero shots on goal on Dec. 21 against Buffalo. They were the only Boston forwards to be held without a shot on net.
1: Matt Bartkowski picked up his first career fighting major on Dec. 21 in the 4-3 overtime win over the Sabres as he dropped the gloves with Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno after No. 43 laid a questionable hit on Brian Gionta for which he was given a game misconduct.
1: The Bruins are now 1-0-0 in Sunday games this season after their win over Buffalo.
Just one season removed from being the best team in the NHL during the regular season, the Boston Bruins have hit rock bottom.
They have no grit, no snarl (just watch the tape of their 6-2 thrashing at the hands of the MIGHTY Columbus Blue Jackets).
They are no longer BIG & BAD.
The Black & Gold are just sad and listless.
The heart & soul they displayed during the 2011 Cup winning season and the 2013 Final appearance have been ripped from their chests while their lifeless carcasses have been left to rot on the ice.
That heart & soul consisted of such character players and leaders as Andrew Ference, Shawn Thornton & Johnny Boychuk. What the hell, throw Jarome Iginla in that category as well. He helped poke, prod and motivate both Lucic and Krejci to productive regular season performances last year.
This season those heart & soul guys have been replaced by the likes of Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski, Seth Griffith, Matt Fraser, Alex Khoklachev, Bobby Robbins, and Craig Cunningham.
All decent players in the AHL but not NHL caliber.
There are tens of thousands of Bruins montages out there. Some are great and some not so much. However, NO montage encapsulates the rich and glorious history of the Spoked B like this.
This Bruins montage WILL bring a black and gold tear to your eye!
You can’t stop it, you only hope you can contain yourself. But let your love for the Bruins flow and let the world know it!
Let’s just hope the 2014-5 team can turn it around and add to these beautiful hockey moments!
Pot Of Baked Beans Goes To @AmericanFreaky!
The Bruins appear to be on their way back to full strength with the return of some of their core players from injury and as rumors continue to swirl about them landing some big names, their play has been improving over their last couple games despite the results not being there. During the last couple of weeks, they have seen a rematch of the 2013 Cup Finals, the first goal for a rookie winger, a dominating performance in the face off circle and a milestone goal for the Little Ball of Hate despite averaging a 10th-worst 2.42 goals per game this season. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
The Bruins have certainly struggled to score goals over the last few weeks, but they are starting to get some key guys back from injury.
1: Craig Cunningham scored his first NHL goal against the Senators on Dec. 13 in his seventh career game – a shorthanded goal that put the Bruins up, 1-0. It was the third shorty the Bruins have scored this season: David Krejci on Oct. 21 and Gregory Campbell on Oct. 25.
1: Niklas Svedberg became the first Bruins goalie to require overtime in four of his first five career wins, according to Elias. Three have come this year against Buffalo, Columbus and Minnesota as well as his first career win on Jan. 2 of last season against the Predators.
1: The Bruins have given up just one power-play goal in their last 15 games dating back to Nov. 15.