Apparently, our little corner of the hockey world is the only one that reacted with stunned disbelief to the Bruins' failure to respond two weeks ago when Pittsburgh's Deryk Engelland smashed Marc Savard into the boards with a forearm to the mouth that left the Boston center "woozy."
How is it possible that an organization of such heritage, one that lists Cam Neely on the letterhead as club president, could simply watch again -- again! -- while Savard was hammered again -- again! -- by the same team -- again! -- without a response?
It was no accident the Bruins were so psychologically weak they were beaten by the Flyers after taking a 3-0 lead in games and then a 3-0 lead at home in Game 7 of the conference semis last spring.
It's not going to be an accident when this team of imposing ability and strength on the ice underachieves again.
They don't care enough to protect one another. Or at least, they never cared enough to protect Savard, or to stand up for Savard, whose career is in jeopardy after he sustained another concussion last Saturday following a check from Colorado's Matt Hunwick.
The coach, Claude Julien, has never seemed to see an issue. Neely? It must be studied corporate blindness from the suite above the rink.
The Big Bad Bruins ceased to exist a long, long time ago.