I a Caps fan living in Lowell, and I listen to sports talk radio while I'm driving to and from work, and all I heard for a week and a half was how you guys wanted revenge on the Penguins.
Revenge by beating them? Don't be ridiculous. No one is this state gives two craps whether their hockey team wins or loses. More on that later. No, you wanted to beat Cooke up and take Crosby out for good measure. You said you wanted to see "fight", but what you meant was that you wanted to see "fights". And that's what you got - Thornton beat up Cooke pretty decent. Chara, bad finger and all, took on the biggest guy on the opposition.
Taking out Crosby was a stupid idea. Let's say that dream came true, and Chara whacked Crosby with his stick and broke his leg. What then? Is it over?
Or does Pittsburgh come back next year and go after the guy you're going to take with that juicy Toronto pick this spring? You know, the guy who is going to mean more to the future of your franchise than any two players currently on the roster combined.
So you got everything you asked for that was realistic. Not happy your team lost 3-0? What did you expect? The Penguins are OBSESSED with winning. As are the Capitals, Devils, Sharks, Red Wings and Blackhawks. If you go into a game against any of these teams with anything but winning the game on your minds, you're going to get run off the ice. It's a credit to the Bruins that they didn't get beat 9-2, like the Canucks did when they went after Steve Moore back in '04. This team had one directive from its fanbase and local media - beat people up. After the fact is a little bit late to be caring about the final score.
You people are stuck in the 1970s - you guys and the Flyers fans. Chipping and checking, beating people up - that might have been how you won back in the days of Orr and Labonte, but in the post Gretzsky era, its skill that wins games. Hell, it was always skill that won out most of the time - that's why the Canadiens have owned you for the entire history of the rivalry. But now skill is paramount. And you were glad as could be when you traded away your only skill guy this past offseason - he didn't fit the "Bruins model", after all - but you're shocked that your team doesn't score goals anymore? Come on.
Any coincidence, you think, that the last time you or the Flyers have won a Cup was the 1970s? If that's what you think, you might want to think harder.
Hockey is about more than beating people up. And until you people understand that, that's all the Bruins are going to be good for. A fight here, a fight there, and a 1st or 2nd round playoff exit, every time.
By the way, I'm sick to death of this team being described as "heartless". Milan Lucic is being held together by duct tape, at this point. Chara's finger is about to fall off. Yet the team leads the league in penalty killing - what could be a greater demonstration of a team's heart than going out and stopping the other team from scoring when you're short-handed? - and is hanging on to the final playoff spot for dear life. Heart is all the Bruins have. What you need is guys who can score goals.