You gotta respect the Bruins

Posted: June 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I know us Habs fans are supposed to hate the Big Bad Bruins. It’s a philosophical truism right up there with ‘I think therefore I am’. ‘I am a Habs fan therefore I loathe the Bs.’

And I will get the hate going again once les Canadiens start playing again. But with Les Boys comfortably lounging on the golf course, I’ve been watching hockey played by other better teams and following the Bruins’ stunning 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night, I think the time has come to state the obvious – you gotta respect the Bruins.

Admit it. You'd love to see Milan Lucic in a Habs jersey.

Admit it. You’d love to see Milan Lucic in a Habs jersey.

Notice I didn’t say ‘like’. But c’mon this team has some kinda mojo. Some kinda depth. And some kinda character. You might not like the character – it is indeed a little nasty – but they at least have a personality.

What’s Montreal’s personality? I know, I know, we’re a skill team, that’s the common wisdom. But you know what – ‘skill’ in our case is a code word for ‘small’. Boston has skill too, so do the three other former Cup champs still in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s Holy Grail. But they also have size, grit, character and – touche! – goaltending.

Yeah we love to hate the Bruins. Still… won’t say it publicly but admit to yourself that we’d trade our first-born to have Milan Lucic wearing le bleu-blanc-et-rouge. And we’d trade our old Phil Esposito hockey cards to get Nathan Horton. Not to mention their skill guys would also look quite nice with a CH on their chest, guys like Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, the latter who scored two goals Saturday night.

But this Bruins love-fest has a limit – even if the Bs offer them for free, the Habs are not allowed to pick-up either Zdeno Chara or Brad Marchand. Those guys are evil.

  1. jgthibault says:

    I’m not an Horton fan (play a lot smoother since he had his concussion). But, Lucic is a perfect fit in an Habs jersey. A big, nasty, top 6 forward … nothing is comparable in Montreal (even in the bottom 6, no body is nasty as Lucic is).

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