Did Saturday’s Bruins/Pens debacle really happen? I kept hoping to wake up and find that it was all just a horrible dream. But alas, it was not.
That mess really did happen. I’m disgusted in both teams because they are better than that. They have really made me mad. Like flames on the side of my face mad.
These are undoubtable the best teams in the East and here they are playing bush league hockey like a bunch of thugs. ARRGGGGH it just makes me so angry.
Since their meeting in the playoffs last year, the Bruins and Penguins have created a rivalry whose intensity has reached nuclear levels this season. And Saturday was Chernobyl.
First you have Orpik’s hit on Eriksson. Then Thornton’s reaction to said hit. Then, just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, you have James Neal kneeing Brad Marchand in the head while he is down on the ice.
Orpik’s hit started the meltdown with his check on Eriksson. From the replays, the hit didn’t look exceptionally dirty (he might have left his feet a little) but it was a devastating blow to the Bruins as it knocked the Bs left winger out of the game with his 2nd concussion of the season.
Then Thornton sent things to a critical level when he retaliated and took Orpik down to the ice. Now I love Thornton…when he isn’t being a complete and utter moron. He is a player that brings a grittiness and physicality to the game that should be appreciated. But I CANNOT abide by his actions on Saturday.
It is embarassing for not only the Bruins, but also for Shawn Thornton, and it showed in his post game interview.
He looks as if he is about to burst into tears at any time. No doubt a suspension is coming for ST22 and when it does, he will take his punishment like a big boy and hopefully put this entire debacle behind him.
And then we have James Neal. Oh James, I thought you were better than that. Pants thought you were better than that. She is wicked mad at you right now and you are going to have to work hard to get back in her good graces.
Also – you’ve been Shannaband. Five games to sit in the corner in time-out to think about what you’ve done.
What we all need to do is take a deep collective breath and just calm the f*&^ down. Stop the madness, people!
It seems to me that we are precariously close to forgetting that this game is all about. Especially the men that have the honor and the privledge to play this sport. It is about using their emmence and awesome talent to compete with dignity and grace. It’s about sportsmanship.
Forgotten what that looks like? Let Patrice show you.Tags: Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, brooks orpik, james neal, Pittsburgh Penguins, Shawn Thornton