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Not Big or Bad: The Pussification Of The Bruins

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Warning: If you are all about Unicorns and Cotton Candy when it comes to the Boston Bruins, this article will offend you.

pussification

pussification (noun): the state in which a society hockey team becomes less and less tough. This noun’s originator is the famous comedian George Carlin.

“We are undergoing a pussification of our entire society hockey team.”

The Big Bad Bruins are long, gone and hard to find. That leadership, mentality, toughness, and killer instinct went to Florida (Thornton), L.A. (Lucic), New York (Boychuck) & Columbus (Campbell).




Well, the Bruins wanted to go in a different direction with the fourth line so that is why the whole Merlot line is playing somewhere else. Now the “checking line” is neither gritty nor skilled. It’s basically a black hole for players who are underachieving or who should not even be with the parent club.

Granted Lucic would be asking for a lot of money if he went to free agency, but he is looking well worth it as the Jimmy Hayes and Brett Connolly experiments are failing miserably. Neither player can score or take the body, so what do they bring to the table?

The answer: I have NO F*CKING Idea!

If you do, please leave a comment below.

Then there is Johnny Boychuck. Yes, 95% of Bruins fans will say, it’s in the past, let it go.

No, I will not and I cannot.

Since Boychuck was given away like a 3 legged chair at a yard sale, the Bruins defense has been a debacle and that’s putting it mildly. Boychuck was/still is everything the B’s need right now…..TOUGH, GRITTYDEPENDABLE & CAN CLEAR THE DAMN CREASE! That trade more than any other has put the defense’s balls in a vice.

Chara and Seidenberg are not the same guys from 2011 or 2013 for that matter. Boychuck would have taken minutes off their aging shoulders and legs.

We can thank Peter Chiarelli’s assassination of the franchise to for this blue line debacle.

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Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad

It was a quick week for the Bruins as they returned from the All-Star break with just two games on the schedule. After falling to one of the league’s worst teams on Tuesday, they escaped with a shootout win over another on Thursday. Also this week, the team tied a mark they took all of last season to reach, some shootout success continued for the goaltender and the first time they’ve done something all season. This is: Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad.

Brad Marchand has continued his offensive productivity and leads the team with 23 goals.

Brad Marchand has continued his offensive productivity and leads the team with 23 goals.




2: Despite their early-season success, the B’s have just two power-play goals in their last nine games.

3: Boston allowed a power-play goal in three consecutive games from Jan. 25-Feb. 2 – their longest stretch since allowing a power-play goal in six straight from Oct. 30-Nov. 8.

3: Ryan Spooner is now 3-for-3 in the shootout this season with all three of his goals deciding the game for the Bruins.

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Bruins This Week: 31 Numbers You May Have Missed

The Bruins have been struggling so far in 2016, but Friday night’s win was hopefully a sign of good things to come. This past week featured a milestone for the head coach, yet another one-goal game against a fellow Original 6 foe and the continuing dominance of Boston’s special teams. This is Bruins This Week: 31 Numbers You May Have Missed.

Brad Marchand to the ice this week, but the Bruins offense continued to struggle.

Brad Marchand to the ice this week, but the Bruins offense continued to struggle.

1: Frank Vatrano was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NHL career Monday in the game against the Rangers.

1: Boston’s 3-2 loss to the Flyers on Wednesday was the team’s first regulation loss on a Wednesday this season (4-1-2).

1: Max Talbot registered his first fight as a Bruin in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Sabres and his first since Dec. 5, 2014.




2: Brett Connolly was scratched for the second time of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Senators and for the first time since Oct. 17.

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Hard To Accept: The Bruins Are Not A Good Hockey Team

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Yes fans, your 2015-2016 Boston Bruins are not a good hockey team. A team only 3 seasons removed from a Stanley Cup final, has continued to regress with help from the now departed Peter “The destroyer of franchises” Chiarelli.

PC’s recipe on how to make a potential dynasty to a travesty….

Trade Tyler Seguin….for Loui Eriksson (average at best), Reilly Smith (who was traded for I am really big but far from bad Jimmy Hayes), Matt Fraser(allowed to walk for NOTHING) and Joe “Will To-“Morrow ever come?

Trade Johnny Boychuk for Brett “I couldnt hit the ocean with a meteor” Connolly (2 second round picks received in the Boychuk trade).




Don’t build up a defensive corps, that has got old really quick, with young TALENTED d-men (Torey Krug aside) has come to haunt the Bruins to no end.

The once formidable shut down pair of Chara and Seidenberg are beginning to resemble traffic cones.

Kevan Miller is a red hot mess and that is really insulting to red hot messes.

Zach Trotman looks like a lost toddler at a grocery story looking for his mommy.

Adam McQuaid is Mr. Glass from the movie “Unbreakable” (google it kids).

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Bruins This Week: 22 Stats You May Have Missed

Just two games this week for the Bruins as they looked to turn the page on their disappointing Winter Classic performance. While their struggling offense did get one piece back in New Jersey and is slated to enjoy Brad Marchand‘s return Saturday, it’s been a struggle of late for the B’s. This week featured the continuation of a losing streak, a lengthy drought without a lead, some All-Star honors and a milestone victory for the franchise. This is Bruins This Week: 22 Stats You May Have Missed.

The Bruins' offense was on point Friday night, led by Frank Vatrano who got them on the board right off the bat.

The Bruins’ offense was on point Friday night, led by Frank Vatrano who got them on the board right off the bat.

0: In their first game together, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson and David Pastrnak did not allow a shot attempt in the first period of Friday’s game against the Devils.

2: Bergeron was named to his second career All-Star Game (second consecutive) Wednesday – the lone representative from the Bruins.

3: Dennis Seidenberg had two assists and a plus-3 rating in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Devils – his best rating in a game since a plus-3 on Oct. 19, 2013.

5: The B’s have now lost five straight games to the Capitals with their last win coming on March 29, 2014. They’ve scored just five goals in those five games.

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BST&N Review: Road To The Winter Classic Episode 4

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The Road To The Winter Classic is like the countdown to Christmas when you are a small child.

The anticipation.

The excitement.

To the point when you want to wish the days away so you can get up at dawn to see your presents under the tree….

This is how it felt for me leading up to the Winter Classic.

I was lucky enough to receive incredible tickets from the great folks at Epix to attend this once in lifetime event to see my favorite team, the Boston Bruins play in the home of my other favorite team, the New England Patriots.

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The day was perfect….the weather, the tailgate, the festivities outside and inside the stadium they call the Razor.

It was electric.

It was magical.




But on this day there would be no Christmas, but only the Grinch wearing the sweater of the hated Habs.

A team that limped into the Winter classic, losing 7 of 8, was ripe for the picking and the Bruins couldn’t do a friggin’ thing about it.

The Bruins could have broken the Habs will, but they just flatlined…….

As you watch this final episode, you can detect the Bruins were so tight that they could stick coal up their asses and produce diamonds.

The Canadiens, on the other hand, were care free and it showed. They played with house money, feeling they had nothing to lose.

After sitting through that pathetic performance by my beloved Bruins, I was intrigued what transpired between periods during the most lackluster showings in recent memory.

And for me to see/hear Claude Julien using the following word over and over again was quite alarming….

Embarrassing…..

To hear Big Z calling out his teammates during the first intermission for their negativity, gave me the same pit in my stomach when the Bruins were peeing down their legs at Gillette stadium.

And even Mr. Perfect….Mr. Calm and Collected….Patrice Bergeron was visually pissed off about his team’s no show.

As a Bruins fan, this scares the living sh*t out of me, that the Bruins could not put it together for a game of this magnitude.

Some may argue it was a regular season game, but it’s the biggest game outside of the playoffs….

The Big Bad Bruins from 2011 are long gone and hard to find. I have ZERO clue what this team is and it f’n terrifies me!

To add insult to injury, the Habs lost their next game to the Flyers.

That means a team that was 2-8 in their last 10 games mopped the ice with the B’s…like it was child’s play.

Disturbing…

Alarming….

Let’s pray they turn this around because this game could be signs of Bigger and Badder problems for the Spoked B.

Be sure to catch the final episode tonight at 10pm on Epix.com and let us know how you feel!

 

Thanks again to Joe Favorito & Epix for letting Boston Sports Then & Now review this incredible series and to attend such a fantastic hockey spectacle.

I will remember it for the rest of my life….

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