Shout Out to the Boys in the Black and Gold

20 Dec

I think the Bruins are the best team in hockey.

Yea. I said it.

The Boston Bruins are the best team in the NHL.

Now before you start heckling me and throwing rotten tomatoes and heads of iceberg lettuce,  just hear me out for second.

I know that I may be slightly biased here when it comes to the Bruins but as a “hockey writer”, I do have the ability to look at this with some measure of objectivity.

So how do I dare make such a bold statement?  Let’s look at the facts…

  • They have the best goaltending tandem in the NHL.
    • I DEFY to name another goalie super duo better that Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask.  They are straight up domination.  Rask is #2 in GAA (1.82). Thomas is #3 (1.84).  Thomas is #2 in Save % (.943). Rask is #3 (.939).  Thomas is #2 in wins (16) and in a 3-way tie for 1st in shutouts (4).   By having two stellar goalies, the Bruins have a distinct advantage through the regular season because you can rest Thomas and give him a night off while still preserving your chance to win even with Rask in the net.  There is not that ‘Oh crap” moment with the backup comes in.  With the B’s, even the backup is pretty outstanding.  Also, Rask is only 24 years old so just think about what he’ll be like in three years.  Thomas is the present.  Rask is the future.
  • They are as deep as the ocean is wide.
    • Although Chris Kelly does look like he reads “The Economist” and you know Andrew Ference watches documentaries on the National Geographic Channel, I’m not talking about an intellectual depth. I’m talking about the We-Have-Four-Lines-That-Can-Light-It-Up sort of depth.  Every single line of the Bruins offense can score goals. Yes, even the Mucking & Grinding 4th line led by Shawn Thornton.  Hell, even the much maligned Benoit Pouliot is scoring goals (he’s got 6). 1st line not producing?  It’s cool.  We’ll come at you with the 2nd and 3rd lines. Coach Claude has a plethora of talent from which he can craft his lines.  He has young talent like Jordan Caron and Zach Hamill that he can call up from Providence at a moment’s notice who can slip into the Bruins’ lineup without missing a beat.

      I score goals. I feel love. My hockey powers are renewed.

      Woo hoo Carey Price. How'd ya like that one? Pretty sweet, right?

  • They are low-profile.
    • While the Bruins are an upper echelon NHL team, no one really cares about them. They aren’t the object of rampant fan-girling (or boying). They’ll leave that to Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby.  They aren’t gracing the pages of GQ (although they certainly could).  They don’t have a flashy coach or super star face-of-the-NHL type player (Chara might come close but if you ask me, Patrice Bergeron deserves to be up there). They are just a straight up, solid hockey club who win hockey games with skill, speed, and quiet tenacity. And an occasional pugilistic endeavor.

I know that we are only a little over a third of the way through the season, but I don’t think that I’m alone in my thinking that the Bruins have the potential to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions.  Now I know it is nigh impossible to repeat and maybe I just jinxed myself and I know it hasn’t been done since the Red Wings did it in the 1997-98 season, but I’m holding out this little sliver of hope that it could happen.

And why shouldn’t it?  If you get a chance, just watch them play a few games.  Instead of turning on the Pens, or the Caps, or the Hawks game, turn on the Bruins.

I guarantee you’ll like the hockey you see.

5 Responses to “Shout Out to the Boys in the Black and Gold”

  1. Rebecca Guilbert (@Becca_34) December 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Obviously I’m biased….but it’s all true!
    Although I think Seguin definitely has the fan-girling…whether it’s just from Boston fans or throughout…

  2. Gemma December 21, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    Being a Leafs fan, know this is tough for me to say but the Bruins certainly are the best in the league for all the reasons you listed. They aren’t the pretty goals types. They are gritty and play with passion. I seriously think they won the cup because they wanted it more. The play the type of hockey Leaf fans (or fans who know the game) admire. The type Gilmour or Wendel Clark are revered for here. Having great by that I mean the best goalies doesn’t hurt either.

    • Chuck December 21, 2011 at 10:30 am #

      There is alot to be said for the power of thought. If you want it bad enough, often times it is going to happen. You will yourself into the zone where no one and no team is going to stand in your way.

      They have their pretty goal moments, like Marchand’s the other night and Bergeron’s vs. the Flyers, but all in all they just grind it out and take advantages of the opportunity presented them.

  3. Cassy December 21, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Yup. Yup and er, yup. Cassy agrees to all of that, although both Chuck & Pants both know I fan-girl all over my team probably enough for legions of fans. On both sides of the Atlantic.

    Ps the Xmas presents to myself of Bruins scrubs (I went there) and winter hat are working out just fine 😀

    • Rebecca Guilbert (@Becca_34) December 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

      Ahh, my roommate has been looking for Bruins scrubs for forever!!! Would you mind telling me where you got them, please?!

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