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Bruins lose ugly while Claude Julien gets tossed from game

Oct 18, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

Claude Julien, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, Rich Peverley, Patrice Bergeron AP

The Bruins-Hurricanes game was certainly wild early on, but the Bruins’ feisty play only became more boneheaded as the night wore on in a 4-1 loss to Carolina. While Rich Peverley was able to cut Carolina’s lead to 2-1 in the third, the Bruins felt the need to motivate themselves even more by way of the fist.

Nathan Horton tried to engage Tim Gleason to no avail giving the Hurricanes a four-minute power play. Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic each found their way out of the game earning a 10-minute misconducts with under 10 minutes to play. Even the fans got a penalty for showering the ice with trash to protest the officials. Misconducts for everyone! It’s like Oprah Winfrey was wearing the stripes tonight.

The highlight (lowlight?) of this nonsense came when Bruins coach Claude Julien was tossed for the game for apparently yelling at officials as well. His game misconduct was tossed out after the game was over as he apparently said nothing to earn the penalty. Still, seeing a hockey coach getting kicked out of a game without throwing a bench or equipment on the ice is impressive.

For the Bruins, losing twice to the Hurricanes already this year is bad enough, but melting down completely like that on home ice is a brutal thing to be doing so early in the season. Just another night in Boston, eh? At least there’s no drama about beer and fried chicken tied into this one. Not yet anyhow.

Here are highlights of tonight’s game:

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  1. tbcrow - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    Plain and simple, Julien did everything but throw equipment at a ref. For the entire 3rd period, he was doing nothing but screaming and waving his arms around in his best Kermit the Frog impression possible. After the first round of Bruins fans throwing things on the ice, they announced over the PA per the rules, don’t throw items on the ice or the Bruins will get a bench minor. Well, here comes a whole second wave of items on the ice, and the eject Julien without causing him to get a fine/suspension, which he so whole heartedly deserved. At the time it’s an ejected from game for misconduct, but the refs did him a favor by having it reassigned, lucky in my opinion.

    I’m not sure what to say, they are lucky the penalties didn’t start raining earlier, specifically when a Bruin headlocked Skinner and then performed a wrestling move on him behind the net while the puck is completely in front of the net. It was an extremely ugly game played by a Goon Squad, not a hockey team.

  2. 8man - Oct 19, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    Bruins are playing tight. Nothing is working for them right now. You’d think they lost the Stanley Cup Finals. And it’s not lost on the Bruins that the Canes have had their number of late.

    Plenty of time to get it worked out if they can just loosen up and play consistant hockey.

  3. habsman - Oct 19, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    They won the Campbell Cup last year. Uncle Colie isn’t around any more to protect their goon style of play. No team in NHL history got away with more crap than these thugs last year. They are a total disgrace.

    • savoirlaire - Oct 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      habsman, another typically nonsensical statement/rant…that whole Campbell crap is old news, nothing there, move on already. “No team in NHL history…”?!? What kind of moronic, biased load of shyte is that? Besides, last year you were too busy calling them divers…which is it, huh?

      You’re the disgrace here…

  4. danphipps01 - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Oh, look. The thug patrol’s brilliant strategy of treating hockey like a bar brawl on ice is showing its holes. Funny how teams so accurately represent their cities, eh? Vancouver’s a team laden with whiny pricks who think their high skill makes them better than you, Boston’s full of street punks who somehow stumbled their way into a hockey rink in their drunken stupor, et cetera, et cetera… it baffles me that a squad that is roughly nine-tenths enforcers can win at anything. Then again, their only skill player is in the spot that counts – the net.

  5. danphipps01 - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Wait, hang on – the fans were told that Boston would get a penalty if they kept acting like Bostonians, and THE FIRST THING THEY DID WAS GIVE BOSTON A PENALTY? Christ. And people think Philly and Montreal are bad. At least they don’t actively, and knowingly, screw their own teams.

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