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This season those heart & soul guys have been replaced by the likes of Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski, Seth Griffith, Matt Fraser, Alex Khoklachev, Bobby Robbins, and Craig Cunningham.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!
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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.
How could you forget that adorable little Bruins fan Liam fist bumping the team as they left the ice? His smile is priceless and his passion for his favorite hockey team is unstoppable.
And oh yeah, he kicked cancer’s butt!
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How can you deny that adorable little guy!
NOTE: I work with his babysitter and she says he is a true joy!
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The last week or so for the Boston Bruins has been dreadful on a variety of levels. As they sit at home licking their wounds following a brutal west coast trip, the Chicago Blackhawks are heading to town in what will likely be another beating if the B’s can’t get it together.
Injuries have dominated the team for nearly the entire season thus far, and the team has struggled to stay afloat. While guys like Torey Krug and Kevan Miller have missed a few games here and there due to minor injuries, big fish like Zdeno Chara and David Krejci have missed nearly 17+ games apiece dealing with their ailments.
I know there are the tough guys out there who don’t like to make excuses for people, but any team would struggle without their number one center and number one defenseman. Would the Blackhawks still dominate without Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith? Would the Los Angeles Kings still be great without Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty? No, probably not.
Now before you go all crazy accusing of me of comparing those players to Krejci and Chara; I just want to make it clear that I am comparing these players’ importance to their team and nothing more. Obviously Toews is better than Krejci.
Fortunately for the B’s; both Chara and Krejci are practicing in full with the team, and it looks as if both could return to game action by the end of the week.
The Bruins’ David Krejci may be sidelined at the moment but he is staying busy. Do what you ask? Would you guess dog grooming?
Krejci took on Channel 7 anchor Kayna Whitworth in the “Who Did It Better” pooch pampering contest.
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Who did it better? My bet is on the “Dog Whisperer”.
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