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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 By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad

The Bruins have entered the All-Star Break and despite having just one All-Star representative, they’re in a better position than most people would have predicted. Their last week of games before their week-long break included the end of an impressive penalty killing streak, a couple of milestones for their gritty, diminutive winger and some continuing road success against one Eastern Conference foe. This is: Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad.

Patrice Bergeron is back in the All-Star game as the Bruins enjoy a week off.

Patrice Bergeron is back in the All-Star game as the Bruins enjoy a week off.

2: The B’s scored two power-play goals in their 3-2 win over the Flyers on Monday, marking the first time they scored more than one power-play goal since Dec. 29.



2: Brad Marchand was assessed a tripping penalty just two seconds into the second period of Monday’s win over the Flyers.

2: Somehow, Matt Beleskey was plus-2 in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to his former team in the Ducks.

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Bruins This Week: 28 Numbers You May Have Missed

The Bruins renewed a couple of their most notable rivalries this past week and as the All-Star Break approaches, they still sit within the playoff 8 in the Eastern Conference. This past week featured an All-Star passing a Bruins’ legend, the continuing dominance of the penalty kill, a rare special-teams occurrence and a last-minute victory. This is Bruins This Week: 28 Numbers You May Have Missed. 

Patrice Bergeron accomplished a pretty impressive feat this past week.

Patrice Bergeron accomplished a pretty impressive feat this past week.

0: The Bruins and Canucks combined for zero power plays in Vancouver’s win on Thursday, marking the first power play-free game for the Bruins since March 6, 2014 against the Capitals, according to Ken Laird.

2: The Bruins won their second consecutive game Saturday, beating the Maple Leafs, 3-2, at The Garden. It marked their first pair of consecutive wins since Dec. 16-20.

3: The B’s improved to 3-0-0 against the Leafs this season with their win on Saturday.




4: Patrice Bergeron recorded his fourth 2-goal game of the season in Saturday’s last-minute win over the Leafs, tying him with Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand for the team lead.

4: The B’s improved to 4-1-1 this season in the second of back-to-back games with their win over Toronto on Saturday.

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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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