Friday, January 05, 2007

The Collapse on Causeway Street

Last nite was the rematch of a home and home with Toronto. TO. won the 1st game 5-1 and the Bruins were hell bent on getting revenge. However, something odd happened on this nite. The Bruins not only lost the game but were actually beaten like a rented mule!

Looking back, if before the game I was told Tucker wasn't playing and Sundin and Wellwood would only muster 1 lonely assist between them, I would say Boston would be in great shape to win. Add to that the B's were up 2-1 after the 1st period and I would say the game was in the bag.

Unlucky for The Bruins is the fact that there is more than one period in a regulation hockey game. In the 2nd and 3rd periods the Bruins folded like an accordian. The forwards stopped skating, the defence were running around in their own end and Timmy tried to play the final 2 frames with his eyes closed (bad idea for a goalie). The final result was a 10-2 win for The Leafs. Yes you read correctly a 10-2 loss for The Bruins. As unbelievable as that still sounds it is entirely true. Not only such a bad beating but it came against The Leafs; yes the lowly Leafs destoyed my beloved Bruins 10-2!

Game notes:
- Leafs won 10-2.
- Alex Steen had 5 points (3 goals and 2 assists). He was covered so poorly that when he was in the Bruins end he looked lonelier than a hooker at a Star Trek convention!
- Andrew Raycroft had an assist.
- Hal Gill had another point against Boston (an assist).
- The Bruins lost 10-2.
- Uncle Rico got some playing time in nets when The Trapperless got pulled - not a game a keeper can get excited about getting playing time in.

I now offer a word of advice to The Bruins' management. Get an enforcer or goon if you will. I say this, not for the standard role usually associated with a tough guy, but to rather have him beat the living hell out of every Bruin player who was suited up for this game. Then threaten the team with more and more beatings if this type of play is ever seen again.

With the embarassment of last nite I am still proud to say, "I Am A Bruins Fan"! A true fan, no matter how bad a team does, still expresses their loyalty to that team!

The Bruins are now slumping again and need to turn around this sinking ship fast. They have to take it one game at a time, one shift at a time and even one play at a time. They have to forget about this game as it is now in the past and focus on the future - that is to win hockey games.

They play Philly on Saturday and have to look towards this game and forget The Collapse on Causeway Street that occured last nite.

Go Bruins Go !!!



Blogger Doobie said...

Hah! An internal goon! He can just sit on the bench and elbow offending teammates as they come off the ice.

What an embarrassment indeed. I can only wonder if any benchings are going to arise from this.

8:23 a.m., January 05, 2007  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

Man, that was so hard. One of my kids came and put a bag over my head as I sat in front of the TV (and I just thanked him for it).

It makes me sad that now some fans are going to dominate every discussion with negative complaints about their favorite target player, coach, or GM, who they will now no doubt take some sort of perverse glee in claiming they knew all along so-and-so "sucked."

Big sigh.

I thought Tenkrat and Chistov had a great first period. But Chara (and I'm not Chara-hater) looked like he was very distracted--he looked like he was playing hockey while arguing with someone over the phone, if you know what I mean. I can just see him playing the puck behind the net with the phone tucked under his chin... And it was the Bergeron, Boyes, and Strum line that melted down in the 2nd. Why them?

I wonder what's behind it all? We've seen a huge collapse after the first period before, remember? When they all came out for the second like their favorite puppy had died between periods or something and life was no longer worth living (much less worth playing hockey).

Is there a problem in the locker room? Did something happen on the road trip off the ice? Or is it just as simple as facing Nashville tired and unprepared and discovering that they weren't as good as they thought they were? I guess we may never know, but I sure hope someone in the coaching staff does and that they figure out how to fix it. Soon.

11:33 a.m., January 05, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

turning point in the game came in the second period. brad boys hits the post and chistov fails to bury what is an easy goal with raycroft already down and out. this would have made it 3-3 and who knows how this game turns out.

tim thomas was fine last night...did he save the day, no but was he the worst bruin out there? by a far margin no (it could have been worse believe it or not)....

thomas made 90 percent of the save he should have. he allowed a couple poor rebounds but has to ask his friends in front of him who is covering anyone?

it certainly seems the team has been reading my posts about what poor defense in front of a goalie can do and they took a one minute span in the second period to show what nhl talent can do when you play 5 on tim thomas

11:51 a.m., January 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tim thomas was fine last night

Hahahahahaha !!! That's a good one.

12:21 p.m., January 05, 2007  
Blogger Doobie said...

I guess I was a lucky man last night because I was at work and didn't see the game. Of course, being at work is a much better excuse for not watching the game than playing Dance Dance Revolution with my brother, like some unnamed people I know did last night...but that's another story. :)

I'm going to withhold judgment for now because all I saw were the highlights (lowlights?) on SportsCenter. There was only one goal I saw on Thomas that should have been stopped. The other four that I saw were extremely difficult for him to stop. Sauve didn't do much better in relief. This appeared to be a complete team breakdown.

12:55 p.m., January 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doobie, you make fun of someone playing dance dance revolution when on your own blog "american idle" you have a full post dedicated to your new x-cube game you got for christmas.

3:08 p.m., January 05, 2007  
Blogger TreeBob said...

DDR is an excellent game...

3:46 p.m., January 05, 2007  
Blogger neb said...

coco? whats the point of your post...

you disagree?

your just wasting my/our time with your drival...

make a point or don't bother

4:24 p.m., January 05, 2007  
Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

From what I saw, the Bruins' D hung Thomas out to dry. Multiple 2 or 3-on-1's in close like that. Yeesh.

Obviously, the Bruins have a ways to go as a team. However, explain to me how a good 'team' like Detroit gave up NINE goals last night?
Perhaps the Bruins will learn from this one sooner rather than later.

6:49 p.m., January 05, 2007  
Blogger number4bobbyorr said...

"Obviously, the Bruins have a ways to go as a team."

Yep, and I think that's the key. So many people seem to think the cure to every problem is to trade, trade, trade. But that isn't going to solve much of anything, except make the plaers who leave look great next year and the ones who come suddenlt look bad. Look at what Herb Brooks did in 1980: building a real team with the players you have can be a very powerful thing. Hopefully this will be one of those "if it doen't kill you it only makes you stronger" things for the team as a whole.

9:05 p.m., January 05, 2007  
Blogger Doobie said...

Xbox 360 is awesome! DDR is teh suck! I mean, it's dancing, for crying out loud! It's bad enough my wife forces me to dance at social events, I'm not going to willingly bust moves in my own house!

9:42 p.m., January 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are you trying to fool?
We all know that you like to put on your "blue suede shoes" and "shake rattle and and roll" all nite. You are one of those people who likes to "rock-a-hula baby" "down in the ghetto". So "don't be cruel" as we all know that when it comes to ddr you are just a "hound dog" and you and are just a foll who rushes in.
You dance in your living room to ddr just as you rock at the jailhouse - you will will always be your wifes dancing "teddy bear"!

10:07 p.m., January 05, 2007  

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