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  1. No doubt in my mind they'd be up 2-0 right now as well. Rask doomed Columbus, outside of that it was a terrific match-up that could've gone either way. Mrazek needs to take a seat. He certainly made some great saves yesterday, but he also let up some really, really bad goals. Curious to see who's between the pipes tomorrow.
  2. At the end of the day 90% of this league is low-key dirty. Anyone who's played 20 years in a league without winning a championship should be rooted for unless you're Marty McSorley levels of dirt.
  3. Yeah, it's tough not to root for Joe. What is it about Carolina? This has nothing to do with the fact that the Bruins are playing them, but I can't stand them either. I think for me it's the narrative that Raleigh and the Carolinas actually give 2 craps about this franchise - NBC is really pushing it. It's also Dougie Hamilton's face, it's just so punchable.
  4. A. I think the majority of us do this, unless of course there's an underlying hatred of a team. Now in this situation who are you rooting for? Discarding the Bruins already, the remaining 3 have all had levels of success in every major sport over the last decade+, there's no real city in need of a championship. B. Yeah, Jacobs is an a-hole of the highest order.
  5. Going on!? It was ONE of many examples of what being a Bruins fan WAS pre-Cup win. I went on to say in a later post that kind of stuff doesn’t matter now.
  6. This is slowly delving into Politics-level bashing your head against a wall.
  7. That’s the one thing you fixated on huh. My point was it wasn’t always peaches and cream before 2011, that’s it. No bitching, just painting a picture for everyone on this board who has a hard on for hating everything Boston. I don’t care that Ray Bourque got traded 20 years later, but from 2001-2011 it sure wasn’t the greatest feeling. I don’t know how this turned into this, but I never said we’re hard pressed and I never said anything about suffering after the Cup. I simply tried to show that Bruins fans had plenty of suffering before hitting the jackpot. Of course every team has dealt with that one way or another, but we seem to be the only people who can never mention it without people going bananas. I know we’re lucky as fans here, but to get called out and respond and then have the entire board jump down your throat is pretty pathetic. No one said anything about suffering during the past 8 years. All I said was it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since the team has won (or hasn’t won), you want to see another, it’s natural.
  8. In regards to Tim Thomas, I don't know many people who hold him in a very high regard. He's what you'd get if you went to Wal-Mart looking for a Dominick Hasek but they only had store brand. Sure he won the cup and that's amazing, but like you said - his style of play was beyond scary to watch.
  9. Listen, I'm not happy about having to bring up one of his stupid tropes either and I hate myself for it, but what's done is done.
  10. You're right, not everybody wins. Spare me the Bill Simmons grace period stuff. Sports are all about what-ifs. Winning doesn't negate your ability to discuss what-ifs. I'm happy they won, I'd be happier if they won more - who wouldn't be? Yeah of course, and I've never said he's a bad goaltender. I've just maintained my lack of confidence in him has been built around prior performances - which he's changing this postseason. Come on. Like Kramerica just said, Boston rents so much space in the collective boards head even when guys like @Brass and I have been nothing but cordial. I can't have any discussion without being vilified for wanting my team to win, which at the end of the day is what we all want. Where is the problem there? Because the Bruins won 8 years ago I'm not allowed to discuss the heartaches it took to get there? If your only contribution is to use the same tired stuff, there probably shouldn't be a contribution. At least @McCarthy is bringing some high heat.
  11. I understand exactly how that looks. It's the same thing as saying it's a travesty the Lightning choke on a glass of water every year. It's a reasonable expectation based on talent. The Bruins should have multiple championships, they don't. Pointing that out is a problem because they have 1? Stop it. I'm not a Patriots fan, I'm not a Celtics fan, I'm a Bruins fan. I've been in your shoes for 24 years before they won the Cup in 2011. Watching Ray Bourque lift the cup in burgundy. First round exits year after year, losing to the 8 seed twice, blowing a 3-0 series lead and a 3-0 lead in a game 7. There has been far more lows than your Blue Jackets have ever really come close to feeling. Don't think I take 2011 for granted, and also don't think just because 2011 happened I'm not allowed to lament on what could have been a dynasty if the puck fell the right way just a few more times. Say the Blue Jackets win a cup in 2020, you're going to want one in 2021, 2022, 2023, and so on. By 2029 when the Blue Jackets go back to losing in the first round all the time you're not going to be thrilled. This is going to turn into a beating your head against a wall discussion. You need to stop with the spoiled Boston talk with every argument. I get it. Doesn't apply here. Rask, has melted in big time moments more times than he's shined. That's the problem. That's not unreasonable expectations because blah blah, it's a fact. With his play right now (stole TOR-CBJ series') he's making me eat crow, and that's fine - I love it.
  12. You know, usually I'm on board with your posts and greatly respect what you typically do post. However, I also think @Brass and I, and others on this board (save for one or two) have acted accordingly. The only one that sounds like a baby is you and your previous few post-loss posts. We get it, you hate Boston, you think we're all a-holes. For the most part, you're right - but those a-holes don't frequent this particular topic. Also, you watched Tuukka Rask for 6 games while he's playing maybe the best hockey of his career. He's a Vezina winner, career .927 save %, no one in Boston doesn't think he's a good goalie. However, in years prior (literally every year) he has shown an ability to self-destruct in the big moments and/or lose concentration to the point that the players see it. In a town that reveres it's sports heroes and prime-time performers, there's plenty of reason Rask has avoided that praise up to this point.
  13. Don’t. Just don’t. It’s not fair to anybody. Like I said earlier, I didn’t see a suspension coming because Anderson came back. I also can’t argue against a suspension, so it is what it is.
  14. The world is ending. Only explanation. You think so? I thought Boston shut them down pretty well, they were content on giving them that outside rush - but other than that I didn't see much offensively from Columbus that really could've stole the show. If they weren't playing with their heads up their butts in the first 3 games of the series I think it honestly could've been over in 4 or 5. At first I thought 5/10 cya in a few games. The more I watched it he makes contact with the chest first. Was it dirty? I don't think so. Anderson was a douche all series, but I can't imagine McAvoy wanted to knock him and himself out of the series. It ended up being uglier than it should've been, and it definitely ended high, but again I don't think it was intentionally a cheap shot. With the way this league works, since he came back, I don't see a suspension forthcoming. Glad Anderson is okay and they seemed to laugh it off in the handshake line. Either way, can't be taking chances like that.