posted at 5/27/2014 8:12 PM EDT
In response to SanDogBrewin's comment:
In response to stevegm's comment:
How did the status quo do against a "skilled/finesse" Chicago team with a healthy Seidenberg ?
Why wouldn't team management, in any hockey organization, not want to add youthful players that have speed ?
They do, but the game has more than 2 dimensions, and speed and youth didn't do in the B's. It's really as simple as that. When one assumes more speed and skill is the predominant answer to more success. One is hopelessly mis-diagnosing what brought the Bruins down..
What you seem to be missing
The Bruins got beat to loose pucks time after time, shift after shift by a lessor talented team. Boston also got out hit in almost every game against Montreal. The Canadiens team speed most certainly had a lot to do with both. If you can't see that then you are in denial.
Boston lost to Chicago in 2013 because they were constantly beaten too lose pucks all series. If you think health, Seidenberg, Iginla and the status quo will beat the likes of Chicago, Anaheim and LA the next 3 to 4 years then good luck to you. Watch LAs 70s line again and tell me the Bruins have an answer for that in a 7 game SCF series.
Neely mentioning "a few tweeks" does not mean health and some puck luck. PC is not going to get away with Mezsaros and Daugvins anymore at the deadline or at the waiver wire. That thinking needs to be over.
No perception but reality.
Sure they got beat "time after time". They also did the beating time after time. Game 1 they were the much better team. Many agree they were the much better team in game 5. Actually, it was only game 6 and 7 that the B's really laid an egg. Personally, I felt Montreal was more deserving overall than Boston in that series in 2011. Stuff happens. We all had them written off against TO last year at some point in game 7. they were getting "beat to the puck" then to. The game ebbs and flows.
I'd be surprised if you weren't just as confident as anyone else about the Bruins chances a couple weeks ago. Nobody was spewing about speed then. They were the team to beat.
Now they're a bunch of plow horses?
Sorry, I ain't playin along.
And all this LA talk. A month ago, the whole world had them pegged as another Carolina, "one hit wonder". Amazing how they suddenly learned how to play.
It's not just penthouse, or ch!thouse.
The whole hockey industry thought the B's had a decent chance. They did. They just blew it. They blew it because they didn't play nearly as well as they had been playing, coupled with a team that found horseshoes, and sympathetic officials. That stuff happens. It happens all the time. That's why there is so much interest i the "actual games".