I agree with the bold lettering comment, as I was watching the Bs last night I was thinking of the Pittsburgh Pens slow decline since 2009. Minnesota also came to mind, their speed gave Chicago fits. It should be an interesting summer.
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I'm so tired of hearing about the Canadiens "speed'. More like the Bruins lethargy. My Bruins disappeared after game 2. Poor team defense, and a sudden, serial case of total insecurity. It's like they forgot their strengths, and became convinced they had to reinvent themselves to succeed. It's like they decided they were the Providence Bruins, taking on Gretzky's Oiler dynasty
Happens in sport, especially when everyone on the team fully understands they're "supposed to win". This is, and should be, very difficult to swallow. The Bruins didn't just lose, they were spanked, dominated by an inferior product over the last couple games.
The rookie d-corp got exposed. Rask wasn't horrible, but he didn't steal one, and teams need a couple of those from their goalie if they're going to go deep. The big dogs were as much to blame as the rookies, as they didn't do their jobs either. Perhaps more so, as they are the ones that supposedly set the tone. 7 of the top 9 were underwhelming.
Again, that happens. Everyone whose played anything at a high level, knows you can't just turn it on. Sometimes it's there, and sometimes it isn't. Trying and caring doesn't change things. You just work through it. Unfortunately at this time of year, that opportunity doesn't exist. It's also unfortunate that whatever malaise hit, it hit so many at the same time.
I hope the management group doesn't go all knee jerk. The silver lining is that this bunch took it 7 games, despite playing it's worst hockey of the season.
The Bruins have too much class to go on about the officiating, but my God, the league should be ashamed. Personally, I don't believe in a league conspiracy, but it's easy to see why plenty do.
These guys are supposed to be professionals, and they dispensed justice over 7 games like minor league refs doing their first games in front of a large crowd. In the Bruins defense, you can't establish much pressure when you're spending a good part of the game killing penalties. Stupid, mindless penalties that are called totally inconsistent with what everyone expects in a playoff series. Pro hockey has the dumbest officiating in all of pro sport, and it just happens to have more impact on the outcome, than any other sport. Any reasonable, logical, impartial hockey person would suggest the rules were respected fairly evenly among the 2 teams over 7 games, yet the Bruins were always thrown in a hole.
1 one goal game in the 7th game of the Stanley cup playoffs, and a guy gets a "snowjob' minor??? Can anyone imagine what would happen in Montreal if that call ever went the other way???? And the goalie interference???
If someone wants to hate Brad Marchand, that's their right as an illogical fan. NHL referee's are supposed to be above that. Way, way, way above that. And I'm not talking the "human factor" either. The human factor is to "miss something", not make something up. That's poor training, unprofessional conduct,.. partisan, biased behavior.
Doesn't matter if the other team scores. Being short handed kills momentum and the Canadiens were regularly rewarded with these little nuggets.
No single thing did in the Bruins, but they're good enough, that had any one of these things played out differently, they'd be looking forward to New York.
A lot of good points here and a pretty good summary. One thing I'm not sure about was that the 'rookie' d-man really hurt them. I heard Claude say that the young/first year players might have been the difference, but I found that comment kind of puzzling.
We all saw Miller's ugly turnover at the beginning of game 6 and Bartkowski's blown coverage at the beginning of game 7, so I get where this is coming from. However, I thought that Krug and Hamilton were possibly the two best d-men for the Bruins. I thought Miller played mostly well. Claude did chose Miller and Bartkowski over some other veteran options, so I'm not sure he can use that as an excuse. I thought the amount of mistakes and sloppy play by veterans in the past two games was alarming.
To me the Bruins looked a little old and a lot uninspired. Like a group that already won a Cup, and won a Presidents trophy this year, that is just waiting to get to the finals. The veterans certainly seemed to lack the drive, focus, and passion that Cup-winning teams have. Perhaps the young guys made a lot of mistakes, but the veterans looked like the biggest problem to me.
I still compare this team to Chicago a lot, and I keep seeing Toews, Kane, and Keith coming through for them in big spots. It allows them to close out a Game 6 on the road.
I totally agree on Marchand, and whether it sounds like a cop-out or not, I think the Bruins had a bunch of luck and intangibles go against them. That stuff was big. You start to wonder if Marchand's reputation is something that the league and the Bruins can't get over. I thought the first penalty call was even worse than the snowing of the goalie call. Markov 'draws' a penalty by cross checking Marchand in the neck. It's just too easy for other team's to exploit this if the refs hold a grudge against Marchand. Not saying the grudge isn't deserved, but what do you do this guy now? I think Dave Jackson (the NHL simply shouldn't use refs from Montreal or Boston for these playoff series) was out to make a statement. He seemed pre-disposed. That shouldn't happen, but if it's going to, then it really hurts the value of someone like Marchand.
You can't help but wonder if some things that happened are still related to "The league has a Bruin problem" stuff and the endless propaganda from Montreal/Vancouver that the Bruins are dirty bullys running wild. Least powerplays in the league for the best team in the league (reg season) seems like an astounding phenomenon.
The posts were just infuriating...what can you say...this wasn't their year.