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Brass last won the day on November 13 2015

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  1. I'm honestly trying to find the words to describe what I just witnessed with the Bruins and I...I just can't. In a usual game, teams will collectively make 2-3 bonehead mistakes each period. It seemed like the Bruins were making 2-3 mistakes per shift. Not even crazy complicated mistakes either - just basic stuff like foolishly stick-handling in front of your own net or suddenly not being able to catch a pass. Plus, I cannot get over the lack of urgency. Five shots in the third period? Of an elimination game when you're down by two? Gross. I guess it didn't help that they played most of the third like they were trying to protect a 1-goal lead... The Bruins were scared. It's sort of silly when commentators or fans of other teams talk about the Bruins being a "big, mean, physical" team when that persona has been long extinct. Most of the Bruins tonight looked absolutely petrified to touch the puck. Same problem got them in the Cup Finals against St. Louis a few years back. It's as if the team is going out of their way to find people who look big and physical, yet aren't once the puck drops. Hell, if Nick Ritchie was 5'10" or shorter would have never even sniffed Junior hockey, never mind the NHL. It's going to be an interesting offseason. I think a lot of what we're seeing as problems within the Bruins comes from coaching and upper management. Lack of depth, motivation, etc. However, I can't see them tossing Neely and Sweeney out of town. They'll probably tweak a few things, convince the fans that Jake DeBrusk is (finally) going to turn a corner in his career, and sign some guy from the fourth line of another team and the personalities on WEEI will pretend to know hockey for the Bruins designated three minutes and be all excited about it. Then back to talking about how the Celtics are going to be a dynasty in 2-3 years again... Time for NHL "hibernation!" Best of luck to the Islanders. They are a very good team and I hope they go far. Take down the Lightning!
  2. That was easily one of the worst periods of hockey I’ve ever seen a team play - and I’ve watched a LOT of Hartford Whalers games. Their hockey IQ is non-existent. The Islanders are in their face, playing a great game, and the Bruins have done nothing to respond to that. They’re playing with absolutely no heart. They had a great first ten minutes, but now they’re over thinking everything and I believe this game could easily be 6-1, 7-1 right now. One more period to see what happens, but the teams needs an overhaul, starting at the top, and I hope it happens this summer.
  3. And Don Sweeney’s gonna help the defense in the off-season by giving a few more million dollars to like Connor Clifton or something.
  4. Color me surprised; I know it's happened before the delay of game penalty they assign today but never remember anybody getting penalized for it prior. Learn something new everyday.
  5. Was that ever a problem though? Teams intentionally flipping it out of play and into the stands? No, it wasn’t. You’re 100 times more likely to just ice the puck if your team is tired, not flip it into the stands. There is a clear difference too between when it’s done intentionally and not intentionally. Considering a referee shouldn't make a decision based on what they think the intention was, the rule should be thrown out.
  6. All teams have had and will have good calls to benefit their team and bad calls to handicap their team. It's what happens when humans are referees.
  7. Once again, the “delay of game” penalty for flipping it into the stands, whether intentional or not, is the worst rule ever thought of by the brain trust at the NHL. Get rid of it. It “solved” a problem that never existed. EDIT: 5 goals. On 19 shots. At home. Sigh.
  8. I'm not saying "relying" on fluke goals, but rather Marchand's insistence on toe-dragging that results in a turn over (that happened in the third period, I believe?) instead of getting a clean shot on net when the opportunity presents itself. That line seems to do it a lot after scoring goals when they just get the puck on net.
  9. Another thing that perhaps @speedy or some other Bruins fans can shed light on; what is with the Bruins first line insistence on trying to score only "fancy" goals especially after scoring flukey ones? Marchand won game three on a simple shot on net from a weird angle. Last night, he's toe-dragging and only seemed like he was interested in knocking off the water bottle off the net-type goals. I feel like we've seen that numerous times before and IIRC it doomed the Bruins in their Cup Final against the Blues.
  10. Ugh, what an ugly third period for Boston. It really hurts to see Barzal score against the Bruins, considering their scouting department thought Jake DeBrusk, Jakob Zboril, and Zach Senyshyn were better investments in the 2015 draft. Sigh. Back to the Garden for Game 5. Great fan bases, evenly matched teams, fun to watch!
  11. Yeah, we pretended Jimmy Hayes knew how to play hockey long enough and right now too many people are acting like Charlie Coyle is a top line forward.
  12. Wow, the Bruins pulled that one out of their ass. Islanders (with an amazing crowd - love the enthusiasm) are going to come back with a vengeance - game four should be a banger. CANNOT WAIT.
  13. Tuukka Rask keeping the Bruins in this game when three of their defensemen have decided to not play. Can’t imagine the Bruins going too far, especially when they decided to throw money at keeping constantly injured Kevan Miller instead of actual depth.
  14. Lauzon with the most beer-league play I’ve ever seen. Onwards and upwards from here, Bruins...
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