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