Re: BRUINS ORGANIZATION: SIMPLY A JOKE
posted at 10/26/2009 8:35 PM EDT
In Response to Re: BRUINS ORGANIZATION: SIMPLY A JOKE:
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: BRUINS ORGANIZATION: SIMPLY A JOKE : Hater blinders? I watch and cheer for the Bruins every single game for the last 35 years... You need to take your rose coloured glasses off and learn to be objective. You are all impressed and enamoured with regular season points and whatnot... WHO CARES!!! It is about one thing and thats the playoffs and the Bruins lack of success in the post season can be matched up with the worst of any team in any pro sport. Its not hating its called facts p.s. the Bruins didnt win the Eastern Conference, the lost in the second round to a 6 seed on home ice. If they won the east they would have been in the Cup Finals. I bet you are ironing your $34.99 Bruins Northeast Division Champion T shirt right now arent you
Posted by FredFromNH[/QUOTE]
I am not "enanmoured," I don't own any Bruins gear except a baseball cap, and you can ask any regular on this board about my objectivity.
It's been gone over before, but I'll reiterate so the rest of the class can catch up: I for one never expected the Bruins to seriously challange for the Stanley Cup last year, considering their overall youth and inexperience. I had hopes, certainly, but was I banking on it? No.
Detroit, Pittsburgh, Carolina - ask just about any Stanely Cup winner of the past decade (with the exception of Tampa Bay) and they'll tell you that winning a Cup is all about two things: Progression and health. It's no surprise that this edition of the Penguins won the cup on their second trip to the finals, not their first. It's also no surprise that they suffered only one serious injury along the way - to Sergei Gonchar.
Meanwhile, most of the key Bruins had played one previous playoff round; even a veteran like Marc Savard had little experience. And then there were the injuries: Krejci (torn hip labrum), Kessel (torn shoulder labrum), Savard (strained MCL), Ward (cracked tailbone), Kobasew (broken ribs), Bitz (cracked ribs), Chara (strained shoulder, knee and groin), Ference (torn groin), Hunwick (ruptured spleen), Recchi (kidney stones), Lucic (cracked bone in foot). I had to laugh when I saw a report in THN that opined the reason the Red Wings lost was because Pavel Datsyuk had a bad foot!
To their credit, the Bruins never used their injuries as an excuse. But anyone with half a brain has to know they were a factor.
At any rate, they gained experience, which is critical (as, again, the Penguins will tell you), especially for youngsters like Krejci, Lucic, Hunwick et al.
Sure, maybe I am "enamoured" with this team Did you have any idea that David Krejci was playing all year with pain in his hip that got progressively worse, up to the point he was getting shots of pain-killers just so he could step on the ice? That he sometimes "prayed to God" that he'd make it through a game? Maybe you think these guys stink, aren't worthy of your admiration, are deserving of scorn. Whatever. I for one am proud to be a fan of a bunch of guys like that.
If I see you at the Stanley Cup parade, I'll be sure not to say hello.