The Bruins seem to have found their stride as the first half of the season has come and gone and as a team hanging around the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, their current five-game winning streak could not have come at a better time. Over the last couple of weeks, the B’s have extended some recent dominance over a couple different opponents, seen their prized rookie do something not many Bruins’ teenagers have, outshot an opponent by more than they have in almost five years, fired the fewest shots on goal they have had in a period this season, had a couple centermen hit a milestone on the same night and rattled off a season-high point streak. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
David Pastrnak has come on in a big way over the last few games and is in Boston to stay.
1: Former Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin made his first start against Boston as his Hurricanes came away with the 2-1 shootout win on Jan. 4 in Raleigh.
1: David Pastrnak scored his first NHL goal – first two actually – in the 3-1 win over the Flyers on Jan. 10. He is the youngest NHL player to appear in a game this season.
1: In the same game, the Bruins won for the first time this season when Zdeno Chara committed a penalty (1-5-3). They then improved to 2-5-3 in their next game against Tampa Bay.
1: Patrice Bergeron was selected as the Bruins’ lone representative to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.
Well in just 24 hours, it has gone from bad to worse for the Boston Bruins. They came out uninspired and downright horrid falling to the bottom dwelling Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1 in a shootout.
Will Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli make a trade? Probably not.
The fans have taken out their frustrations by using their creativity to produce these Peter Chiarelli MEME’s.
Vote for your favorite until 8PM on Monday, January 5th. The winner will not only get bragging rights, but also win a Tuukka Time Shirt & Beantown Beatdown shirt from Dirty Water Tees!
Here are the five finalists:
Contestant #1 – H. Mehta
Contestant #2 – M. Gordon
Contestant #3 – C. Thompson
Contestant #4 – Chelsea A.
Contestant #5 – F. Cass
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.