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  1. This is already way beefier than the Leafs series, and there’s actual history there. Did not expect this kind of intensity from game 1 but I love it.
  2. Ladies and gentleman, may I present.. that guy. Hate Boston or not, the grandslam would be a pretty amazing feat. @McCarthy & @infrared41 best of luck this series guys. Any other scenario I'm pulling for Columbus to take it to the house, maybe because the image of McCarthy sitting indian style in the corner facing a wall while rocking back and forth at the end of every April was just not a good visualization. On to the actual series, Columbus was hot but they haven't played in over a week, I wonder what affect that will have and if it's just a slow game 1. What's the scouting report here? I admittedly haven't watch much if any Blue Jackets games this year - so what are they? You know what Boston is: chippy, borderline interference calls every rush, and red hot or ice cold goaltending that varies from period to period.
  3. Trust me, the Bruins sect in Boston has and always will have that vibe so long as the core is here. You’re right most of these guys weren’t here 8 years ago, but the primetime players were. They’ve shown the ability to not show up, and have done it too frequently in the biggest moments. I’ll spare you the list, but I’m sure @Brass can concur. As I said, it’s not at the level of Toronto. But this isn’t Dallas or Phoenix, these guys aren’t ‘relaxed’. Speaking of Dallas, is there a worse crowd in hockey? They almost put me to sleep last night - felt like a game in early October.
  4. I disagree, respectfully of course. While the pressure in Boston isn’t the same as it is in Toronto because.. Canada, it’s certainly not a walk in the park. The team that easily takes the most heat in this town is the Bruins. Mostly because they’ve had a supremely talented core for a decade and have wilted under the pressure season after season (minus 2011). The core is old, the expectations are high, and there’s quite a bit of pressure on this team right now to sack up and get the job done. If they don’t I see quite a few moves being made in the offseason. In response to others comments about Washington/Boson. Braden F’n Holtby. This guy has been a Bruins killer since forever, I don’t care how bad Washington is playing I want nothing to do with them.
  5. It looks like monogram (or maybe just a C?), Brownie, and then another monogram on the bottom.
  6. It’s friggen going 7 because it always goes 7. Toronto has been far and away the better team all series, so theoretically they should win - and probably will. The difference for me has been Babcock/Cassidy. Babcock is putting on a coaching clinic and all Cassidy can do is tell them to dump, chase, lose the puck battle, repeat. Absolutely zero creativity. Marchand and Pastrnak are getting outworked and outplayed in every aspect. Lots of respect to Toronto for stifling the best line in hockey. Let’s talk officiating again. It’s awful. The first 2 Boston powerplays were really bad calls, then they missed a blatant boarding against Pastrnak only to be bailed out by a Marner DOG. I’m up in the air on that GI non-call. Rask was never going to make that save, but it could’ve gone either way. Bruins fans will blame that call for the loss of the game and possibly the series - completely ignoring the gift calls they got and couldn’t capitalize on.
  7. Strongly Agree. Slightly disagree. Johansson had some really clean entries into the zone and got in front of a few shots - I don't mind his play. Backes really isn't the problem either. That fourth line is abysmal and Chara has lost so many steps he literally has to interfere with any player gaining the zone on a dump and pray he doesn't get called. Don't get me wrong I love Chara's leadership but his game is sheeeeeet.
  8. You stop that right now. I think Bergeron has earned a little more respect than that. Pastrnak, sure.. that dude is MIA. Man...... he is special. Curious to get your take on the officiating for game 3. I thought it was awful on both sides - soft calls against both that I didn’t really agree with. Maybe they were trying to set a tone after the roller derby game 2, either way I hope they find a nice balance for #4.
  9. While Tuukka was his typical sub-par self lets not act like this loss is solely on him. Bruins played like it was a mid-October matinee in every facet of the game. When a team plays that bad, it needs it's goaltender to bail them out, and Tuukka is not and will never be that guy.
  10. Lot of hockey left tonight but.. @McCarthy thoughts, comments, concerns?
  11. I lurk more than I post these days, but I design all of the uniforms for The Basketball Tournament every spring/summer. Year round I design for college lacrosse, helmets mostly, but some uniforms here and there as well.
  12. And it's typically some teenage s**thead from deep in the suburbs - as is the case here. To be fair, it's become a bit of a tradition to throw beers at the players on the Duck Boats, they grab 'em, they drink 'em. Everybody wins. Then you get some hardo like this kid trying to be cool.
  13. Yes, we do. This may sound arrogant and obtuse but this year feels more authentic. You can tell by the crowds at Fenway this series. The Bobby Valentine mess et al over the years really thinned out the pinkhats. While being in the WS will bring them back, the fans attending these postseason games has more of a 2004 feel. Maybe it's the homegrown talent. I know our payroll is 7 billion - but Benny, Betts, JBJ, Devers, Bogarts, Vazquez, all homegrown. Watching them rise through the minors gives us a bigger rooting interest than a bunch of overpriced old guys who manged to click at the right time (like the other 3 WS - 2004 again, was different for obvious reasons). Different fan base, and way way more insufferable than than the other 3. People across the country have a tendency to lump all 4 major fan bases into 1. It doesn't necessarily work like that. While there are exceptions, Celtics fans aren't Bruins fans and vice versa -they're a different groups. Bruins fans hate everything and are pessimists. Meanwhile Celtics fans think Kelly Olynyk was the white Bill Russell. The Patriots aren't necessarily a Boston team, they're a suburb team. The Red Sox are probably the only team that everyone in general will root for regardless of sporting allegiance. On a side note: Joe Kelly really picked a great time to reach his fullest potential.