Before I get into the game preview, I want to address the Lucic crotch hit. For some reason, Milan Lucic feels it is completely necessary to smash another man’s hangers when he’s not paying attention. It is the largest form of cowardice you can display.
You’re taught at a young age that you fight fair but you never hit below the belt. Lucic apparently was never taught this. It is a shame because he should be known as the NHL’s model of a power forward. A player who is tough, can fight and can score goals – but now his reputation is tarnished because he’s a nut tapper.
What’s worse than the Lucic act is the outcry that it has received. If you were on Twitter Friday night and/or Saturday morning you read all the bullshit from Red Wings fans, Habs fans, Balckhawks fans, pens fans, etc. saying that the Bruins are so fucking dirty.
I’m sorry am I the only one who doesn’t catch the hypocrisy here? Maybe it’s a hockey problem in general. People like to believe that their team isn’t dirty – teams with players like Niklas Kronwall and James Neal. Take last night’s hit that involved Brent Seabrooke on David Backes:
And you know what you heard from Blackhawks fans?
It’s a hockey play.
Spearing has been a problem this playoffs. Lucic did it. Corey Perry did it. Kris Letang did it.
But hey, Lucic is a Boston bruin and people seemingly hate the Bruins for whatever reason. Be it that the Bruins organization is actually good now, that they’re built for a deep playoff run every year or maybe the NBC enjoys sitting between them and Pittsburgh and getting a good skip pole situation going.
Whatever the reason, get off the fucking soapbox hockey fans. Every team and every player is inherently dirty – welcome to pro sports. So shut the fuck up and enjoy some fucking hockey.
Now, with that said…
Who the fuck at NBC thought that having a game on Easter Sunday – in the smack dab middle of the afternoon – was a good idea? I’d like Milan Lucic to spear that guy in the giblets. Look, noon time is manageable. There’s probably an hour before Easter dinner, the children are all playing in another room – you can get a good period in…
Stop that Sterling.
Like I said – noon time you can get a good period in before you need to go anywhere or eat anything. Three o’clock though? If you’re like me and have small kids you’re going to be beanbag deep in an Easter egg hunt or have post-dessert disorder and can’t move.
It’s fucking stupid and it makes me believe that the person who schedules the NBC games is a developmentally disabled person.
Whoa, whoa, whoa – you can’t say that.
Fair enough Rick, fair enough.
If Boston is going to win this game, they need to create more pressure in the offensive zone (no shit Pez). No seriously, for a team that dominated the NHL 5v5 – and you can use whichever stat you want to prove it – they did little 5v5 against the Red Wings.
Detroit did an excellent job of walling up around Howard. The Red Wings were able to keep Boston to the outside and when Howard gave up huge rebounds – Boston wasn’t able to have someone on the doorstep to capitalize.
Nothing against the fourth line, but when a majority of the “good shifts” comes from your fourth line there’s a problem.
A lot of people were freaking out after one game. Look – Jimmy Howard is an average goalie. I don’t foresee him being able to shutout the Bruins again. He definitely had luck on his side.
Stop freaking the fuck out people it was one game.
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Hopefully Kevan Miller and Matt Bartkowski are back – even though I feel that Potter and Meszaros played well.
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith
Justin Florek – Carl Soderberg – Loui Eriksson
Shawn Thornton – Greg Campbell – Jordan Caron
Dougie Hamilton – Zdeno Chara
Matt Bartkowski – Johnny Boychuk
Kevan Miller – Torey Krug
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