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And then there were five: Bruins eliminated

May 14, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

Tuukka Rask AP

The Boston Bruins cruised through the regular season, claiming the Presidents’ Trophy, then easily dispatched of the Detroit Red Wings in the first round.

In the second round, though, the B’s finally found their match against their long-time rivals, the Montreal Canadiens.

The Bruins and Canadiens played in an NHL record ninth Game 7 on Wednesday night, but Montreal scored early and never surrendered the lead, sending the Bruins packing after just 12 postseason contests.

The Bruins certainly looked capable of going the distance this year, but now they will be left to ask what, if anything, needs to change for them to get over the hump after coming up short for the third straight campaign.

  • There are reasons to believe that things will get better on their own next season for the Bruins. Those who want to make that argument will be quick to point a finger at forward Loui Eriksson. He was supposed to be the centerpiece of the trade that sent Tyler Seguin to Dallas in the summer of 2013, but suffered two concussions that really derailed his campaign. The 28-year-old forward will get a full summer to regroup and return as a bigger part of the Boston attack in 2014-15.
  • The Bruins’ young defense, led by Torey Krug, Dougie Hamilton, and Kevan Miller also seems to be coming along nicely. The trio made mistakes in this playoff run, but more than held their own for the most part.
  • That’s key, because the B’s might need to start getting adjusting to life without Zdeno Chara — or at least not the Chara they’ve gotten used to. The 37-year-old defenseman averaged fewer minutes per game in the 2014 playoffs than he has in any run since 2009, despite the fact Boston was missing blueliner Dennis Seidenberg. There’s no question Chara’s still a dominant force in the NHL, but his age might start to become increasingly apparent.
  • Boston’s major pending unrestricted free agent is Jarome Iginla. There’s a good chance the team will re-sign him, but it won’t be easy. The problem isn’t convincing Iginla, it’s that his 2013-14 contract was heavy on performance bonuses. The Bruins didn’t have the cap space to cover them this season, so they’ll count against the Bruins’ cap hit in 2014-15, which makes Boston’s already tight cap situation a little more difficult.
  • With that in mind, even if the Bruins wanted to make significant changes, it would be hard for them to do so. They just don’t have much in the way of cap flexibility, although there’s always a chance they’ll find a way to pull off another blockbuster trade like they did last year.

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  1. sixchr - May 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Choke. Disappointment. Underachievement. Failure.

    • theageofquarrel - May 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      That describes the 1 and 2 seeds to T.

    • sportsfaninyyc - May 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Give the Habs some credit. Bergevin is building a solid team.

      • sixchr - May 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        The team that deserved to win the series won. But when you come into the season as legit Cup contenders, win the President’s Trophy, are expected to reach the Finals, are the favorites to win the Cup, and then lose in the second round; those are the words that describe the situation.

      • r8rbhawk - May 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Bergevin came from the Blackhawks organization didn’t he? It is good to see the boys promoted and flourish.

      • infectorman - May 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Credit where credit is due. They were the better team.

        But Weise is a p*ssy for saying anything about anything that was said on the ice.
        Tattle tailing like a 3rd grader.

    • qwerty007qwerty007 - May 14, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Boston looked tired and slow. Once they couldn’t intimidate with their smash mouth, clutch and grab style of hockey – Montreal beat them to the puck and skated circles around them. Great series.

      • imleftcoast - May 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        Chara had to be hurt badly. He’s been so solid for so long, but he looked like he was hurting tonight.

      • blinkyhowe - May 14, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        You don’t score in hockey you can’t win…just ask the Detroit Redwings. 1 goal in 6 periods? HELLO…wasn’t Chara or the D..when you give up 7 and score 1 in 6 periods you earned the result. Great gutcheck comeback by the Habs…..

    • shaundre93 - May 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      If it makes you feel better to think that… The B’s were by no means great but in the end the thing that separated these teams was luck. Call it sour grapes or whining or whatever you will, the Habs got all the bounces that series. I have never seen a team do as little as the Habs did but somehow get such great scoring chances, and seemingly never miss on them. After shift after shift of the Bruins simply dominating, it would just take one lucky bounce. Look at the goal that sealed it tonight. Just a bad bounce for the bruins. After all the chances they had the season is lost on a pass that deflected in off a skate? Come on… I do think some minor changes can be made. I think its time to trade Marchand. He’s becoming more of a sideshow and less productive. Trade him to improve on D for next year or maybe add another fwd. Preferably someone who can score. Eriksson – Bergy – Smith ought to be a good line. Spooner – Soderberg – Fraser or something could work.

      • thesportsjudge - May 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        No, if you let a scrub like Dale Weise score 2 goals in a 7 game series against you, you deserve to lose.

      • sixchr - May 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        The Canadiens had more puck luck than the Bruins, it’s not even close. But to win in the playoffs you need luck on your side. That being said, when you miss the net as many times as the Bruins did, you don’t deserve that luck.

      • imleftcoast - May 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Maybe spearing and squirting your water bottles while the play is on come back to haunt you. If there are hockey Gods, maybe tonight they spoke. Or maybe the ice was just terrible favoring the team with the lead.

      • Michael - May 14, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        The Bruins’ way of winning in the playoffs – exploiting “playoff hockey” to its absurd extreme – is fading. Their opponents are combating it by ignoring it and choosing to stick to their game, and refs are making more calls. Chicago stuck to the fundamentals and refused to be baited last year, and the Habs followed the blueprint this year.

        Hey, maybe next year Boston can bring back the neutral-zone trap…

      • pack15forever - May 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Whining and Sour Grapes. That’s the only thing in your post that is correct.

    • czechovianusa - May 14, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      All true. you can also say Canadians were faster, refs got in Boston heads early, Price and Subban was good, Canadians blocked many Boston shots. But in the whole series one thing stood out. The Bruins two best players Chara and Krecji were steadily the two worst players on the ice. No obvious injuries. No favoring right or left leg. No favoring either shoulder. Millbury even called Krecji, who led playoffs in scoring two years, the worst player on the ice. The part of the world my family comes from controls everything in that part of the world, and has access to any players relatives including Czechs and Slovakians. Those two have Russian mafia blackmail written all over their performance.

    • lordfletcher - May 15, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      Not taking anything away from the Hans but I truly think most underestimate how hard it is to go deep every year.


      All have really impressed over the last 4 years or so. My wild couldn’t make it passed the second round because of injuries and the mighty hawks. Mad respect

      • lordfletcher - May 15, 2014 at 12:38 AM


        Dang phone

  2. sabatimus - May 14, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Go Rangers.

    • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM


      • sabatimus - May 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        Well I gotta look forward to something ya know?

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - May 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        This is gonna be one of the most boring eastern confrence finals match ups in awhile. Wish there was a way both teams could lose. Unfortunaly I predicted Habs would somehow win a I think the Habs will go to the cup which really sucks. Rooting for any team in the west now. Most boring playoffs in awhile. I dislike every team left except the kings.

    • c9castine - May 14, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      hahahaha…really? thats all? go team whos playing the team that beat us???

      atleast the penguins didnt win the president trophy and then choke. isnt that the second time the bruins have done this??

      seriously, this is what i have been saying all year. the only team that has anything on the penguins is the blackhawks. they are the team right now. then there is a group of contenders but at any given time they get bounced, under achieve, or dont have the right pieces.

      boston ran its mouth all year. you guys thought this series was yours. i heard every analyst and person in the world talking like game 7 was in the bag for Boston.

      but i know how low the standards are in boston as nobody talks about them like they do the Penguins despite the fact that the bruins are the true regular season champs and playoff chokers.

      penguins clearly have some issues they are going to need to sort out but atleast we have the high standards and dont accept failure like this. seems like boston thinks everything is rosy…well see about your defense next year.

      your captain failed, actually he scored one for the Habs. your awesome two way center and that guy your going to have to pay 4.2 million dollars next year served you no purpose. turns out lucic might be stronger than PK but only thing that will help him with now is his driving distance.

      • kaptaanamerica - May 15, 2014 at 5:11 AM

        Either the Kings or Ducks are going to pound the shiite out of the Hawks. If either of those teams emerges healthy they will literally beat the snot out of Toes and company…

      • ddgohawks - May 15, 2014 at 7:38 AM

        Yes, Kaptan, impressive logic regarding the Kings especially, based on last year’s results. Oh wait, the Hawks skated circles around the lumbering Kings and beat them in 5. Hmmmm….

      • 311sucks - May 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        i, as a bruins fan, think this loss was disgusting. i thought we should be winning this series but turnovers absolutely killed us. can’t score when you’re giving up odd man rushes on every other shift. young defenceman and an underperforming top 6 are to blame. to counter your point though… the top two lines showed up most other years besides this.. bergeron definitely showed up this year just look at the scoresheet. and i watched him play the dude was an impact player through the detroit series and had a couple nice first games in the montreal series. if anybody didn’t show up it was lucic. the dude dogged the last 4 games; it was terrible to watch. and remember krejci led playoff scoring 2 out of the last 3 years? remember how many goals the second line scored last year in the playoffs? this core is so damn good but what happened this year leaves me shocked. my friends and i are extremely disappointed and figured this team would be in the cup final.

      • infectorman - May 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        hey c9castline: this is what your post looks like to everyone on this board:

        blah blah blah

        simply riveting read!

    • infectorman - May 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      What an EFFIN joke….A penalty for sprayin ice on a goalie!

      Good Luck Rangers. You’ll be facing off against the ANOINTED ONES and THE ZEBRAS

      *no, that is not why the Bruins lost. i just couldn’t stop laughing at that penalty call. never saw anything like in 35 years of watching “Hockey”

  3. dagrit5 - May 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Lucic? more like Jewcic

    • drewsylvania - May 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      We’re thumbing this up? Really?

      • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        relax theres something called humor

      • drewsylvania - May 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        @strictlythedanks Then you won’t mind if I offend your ethnicity?

      • strictlythedanks - May 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        I’d be flattered, this is the internet not real life. I for one love jews

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        I don’t get the humor, what exactly is the joke? Please explain

      • killerpgh - May 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        Maybe “Jewcic” is a play on words since we all know Lucic likes to stick people in the d!ck and the Jews strongly believe in males being circumcised on the 8th day of life.

      • thesheabutterfactory - May 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        imnotyourbuddyguy, the joke is probably about Lucic’s appearance. Lucic (who is orthodox Christian, I think) looks a lot like the racist stereotype of a Jew. Yeah, it’s racist. And, yeah, racism is horrible and stupid, but the resemblance is kind of funny.

      • thesheabutterfactory - May 14, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        That being said, I can see why a Jewish person would find that comment offensive.

    • drewzducks - May 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Care to explain yourself you piece of garbage?

      • c1md6 - May 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        Jeez it’s getting hotter than auchwitz in jets

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM


      • dagrit5 - May 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM


    • blackhawkswin - May 15, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      As a Jewish person im not offended… Racists are like a monkey at a zoo throwing poo. Its just an animal, it does not know any better. Cant take it personally. Im not saying dagrit5 is as smart as a monkey or anyone would look at that worthless guy is you stuck it in a zoo. Hell now i fell like i was unfair to monkeys.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 15, 2014 at 5:13 AM

      F off you scumbag… sane people don’t want your ‘humour’ in a hockey board…

  4. bsfan77 - May 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Congrats to the Habs! Good series! Go get the cup! See you next year!

  5. babar61 - May 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    :) this pleases me.

  6. salmon90 - May 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I enjoyed that

  7. sportsfaninyyc - May 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Sweet. Speed kills.

  8. scoops1 - May 14, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Bruins fans must be pretty proud that they just littered their own home ice…then again, thats the only thing they can be proud of tonight

    • drewsylvania - May 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Not at all. It’s just as disgraceful as when the Habs fans did it last game.

    • sabatimus - May 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      I thought it was classless of them to do that. At the same time, I find it far more classless for certain commenters on here to say “bostonweak”. People making fun of others dying and getting their limbs blown off just doesn’t sit well with me for some reason.

      • scoops1 - May 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        if Boston fans are man enough to hurl racist insults at a player on an opposing then they can handle a few Boston Weak lines….

      • cityofthechamps - May 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Your right, it was a tragedy that happened in Boston. But really we need to move on. Everyone feels bad for what happened, but that doesn’t give you the right to have BOSTON STRONG everywhere and shove it down everyones throat a year afterwards. Thats like a widow asking for home cooked meals a year after her husband died.

      • stixzidinia - May 14, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        I don’t think people were “making fun” of the attack, but rather, making fun of the act of co-opting the sentimentality of a completely un-related terror attack and using it as some sort of rallying cry in trying make out like the Bruins deserved to win because of it. Trying to make out like the Bruins deserved a title more than somebody else simply because of the bombing. Boston fans acted like they were entitled to it. THAT is what rubs people wrong. That, and acting all pissy when people call them on it.

        Plenty of people in Boston have profited from that particular catch phrase and I wonder how much of that cash actually made it back to the victims. Probably very little.

      • cityofthechamps - May 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        stixzidinia, You sir deserve a cookie. That is exactly what should be said and is the truth.

      • sabatimus - May 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        stix, you do realize that’s exactly like commenters co-opting the opposite phrase in order to troll?

        city, you make me sick. I hope the karma catches up to you.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - May 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        Yeah that was pretty classless. If the flyers did that it’d make national news. We didn’t even do that when the hawks beat us in the cup at home. That’s some sore losing right there

      • cityofthechamps - May 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        sabatimus. On a scale or being pricked to being shot in the ass, how butt-hurt are you right now?

      • micasa81 - May 14, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        ^ There, we have somebody who gets it.

      • c9castine - May 15, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        i dont remember new york making everything about them when 9/11 happened. i remember a lot of american flags, a lot of cries for nationalism and working together as a country. i dont remember any slogans, or tshirts and wristbands to make money off.

        do you?

        everybody agrees that was a terrible event. and nobody is making fun of any victims. they are making fun of your insistence on using a slogan spurred by a tragic event to sell tshirts and towels and trinkets and to parade it into the sports arena as some sort of call for your team to win.

        that, buddy, is classless.

  9. lbeezyse - May 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Throwing stuff on the ice & the arena half cleared out before the B’s were off the ice. I guess I’m not surprised.

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - May 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Habs wanted it more than the Bruins. Price was excellent.

  11. penguins87and71 - May 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Congratulations to Montreal Canadiens on beating a very good Boston Bruins team. To the Boston fans, my condolences, you never want to lose a game 7, especially to your rival. Anyway congrats on a great season Boston.

    • drewzducks - May 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Misery loves company. LOL.

    • bsfan77 - May 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      If they came out like they did in the third period, it might have been different. First period was all Habs. Bruins had trouble getting going this series. Hitting posts with wide open nets didn’t help either. Can’t blame that though. Habs played a great series. So much speed. Some questionable calls but that went both ways all series. Soderberg line looked the best out of all the Bruins.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 15, 2014 at 5:18 AM

      They got what they deserved and were exposed so bad they should be in jail for public nudity and deviancy….

  12. bleedrangerblue - May 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Lets go Rangers!!!

  13. terrier92 - May 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Habs won fair and square. No complaints here except the result. Obviously I wanted Bruins to win but they didn’t . Gotta tip my hat to the hated Habs they played strong series. Good luck

  14. jkay1818 - May 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Dagrit, what?

    • sabatimus - May 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Maybe he thinks he lives in South Park.

  15. drewsylvania - May 14, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Ugh. This is what happens when you play like trash for two periods.

    • mackattack29 - May 15, 2014 at 3:11 AM

      This is what happens when your team IS trash.

  16. timmons94 - May 14, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Now hacks with haggs can tweet 100 times a day for each donut he eats. Lucic stinks. Beregeron anywhere to be found.???? Chara. Time to hang them up u goon

    • drewzducks - May 14, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      You do realize your team just pissed away a 3-1 series lead right? Cindy was last found hiding in the bathroom of the Motel 6 that your brilliant braintrust reserved for your team of failures. At least Orpik can come out of his closet now that he doesn’t have to fear the specter of Thonton. And I don’t have to tell you your perennial 8-8 football team is coached by an embarrassment to the profession.

      • stixzidinia - May 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Actualy, I think he’s a Flyers fan. You do realize there are two teams in PA right?

        And nobody fears Thornton. He’s a poor man’s excuse for an “enforcer” living in the post-lockout Instigator Rule era. He’d have been mincemeat playing in the same league as guys like Twist, Grimson, Brown, Probert, McSorley, etc.

      • thesportsjudge - May 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Clearly if Timmons thinks Chara should hang em up, then Crosby, Malkin, Giroux, Parise, Suter, and every other player that lost in these playoffs should too, right?

      • stixzidinia - May 14, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        And I think if Mike Tomlin, having won a Super Bowl and been to another, is an “embarrassment to the profession” then i’d bet most coaches in the league would like to be embarrassments too. At least Tomlin never got caught cheating and needed the league to destroy evidence of that cheating…..and having won nothing since being caught cheating. 18-1 will always be the most hilarious thing in the history of sports.

        You can count on one hand the number of Pats fans that existed prior to 2001. I’ll bet 99% of them have no idea who even Steve Grogan is.

      • drewzducks - May 14, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        Stix, the last “real” coach of the Steelers on multiple occasions has said that he found nothing whatsoever wrong with the video taping, so I’d take the opinion of a highly respected and successful coach over some brainless, jealous fans. And trust me, a lot more Pats fans have heard of Grogan than Pens frauds have heard of Rick Kehoe.

      • mangoman1966 - May 14, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Pens will make moves and be back stronger than ever. Bruins won the presidents cup and all their fans thought that they were annointed. The Stanley cup.. surprise. Your not that good.

      • drewzducks - May 14, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        First of all, the Pens won’t on both counts. Second, some “fan boys” may have had delusions of the B’s winning the Cup, but I knew, especially without Seidenberg, they were less of a team going into a potential Cup Final vs. Chicago or Anaheim, and after what we all saw last year, that would not have ended well.

      • c9castine - May 14, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        um so what? you had a 3-2 series lead. what is any different here? both teams went to game 7 and had a chance to win and lost.

        whats thornton gonna do when face to face with orpik? squirt water? shank a shot over the net? thats all i saw him do the whole series when he finally gets on the ice.

        perennial 8-8? weve won two super bowls since your last.

        youve got nothing. your a sore loser. your team is no better than the penguins, the team that gets lambasted on here day in and day out.

        presidents trophy – congratulations. regular season champs is now your title.

      • drewzducks - May 15, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        My team is no better than the Pens? Well hallelujah. We have reached the level of the chosen ones’, and that’s without even having God’s two gifts to hockey. It’s a miracle. I just don’t know how Pen’s fans could possibly accept being the equivalent to the thugs from Boston. I guess five years without even a Cup appearance will do that. Maybe we should trade goalies and coaches and see what happens. I’m a sore loser? I gave proper credit to the Habs, and P.K. specifically for being the better and hungrier team throughout the series. Your team gets lambasted for being a waste of a team with immense talent. The B’s get lambasted for being a bunch of thugs. Have you watched the violence and hitting that has gone on in the LA/Anaheim series? It’s playoff hockey at it’s finest. If your girls grew a pair maybe you wouldn’t have to go through another offseason of “what if’s”.

  17. crusty14 - May 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Congrats to the habs. They capitalized on their chances, and the bruins were snake bit.

    Now that Boston is out, I think the cup goes west. I don’t think habs or rangers will be able to stick with hawks, ducks or kings

    • cheetah440 - May 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      this. Bruins really beat themselves but give Montreal credit for capitalizing on their chances. They pulled out a great series win.

  18. golfsox78 - May 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    So pissed at the Bruins. Nice way to show up for a big game. So many complaints, too pissed to type. Congrats to the Habs. They wanted it more. Great fans out there. Enjoy it. Pulling for the Hawks now.

  19. isphet71 - May 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Bruins spent more time spearing gonads and spraying water bottles than playing and scoring goals. That’s what happens when you act like clowns. The refs start calling the ticky-tack stuff against you more often, which clearly happened this game. Too many PKs for the Bs.

    • drewsylvania - May 14, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      You say that narrative like it’s true.

  20. hocsocmom715 - May 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Bruins losing game 7 = PRICELESS!! Whoop Whoop!

  21. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Either the Habs or Rangers are going to the Stanley Cup, man I didn’t see that coming

  22. bobsnygiants - May 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    when playing Montreal , the officials always on there side.

  23. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    congratulations montréal, class will out every-time

    bruins …? lmao every-time

    too easy see yaaaaaaa huuh hu hu ha ha

    huuh hu hu hu ha ha hu hu huuh ha ha huuh hu hu hu ha ha hu hu huuh ha ha huuh hu hu hu ha ha hu hu huuh ha ha

  24. micasa81 - May 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Loved watching these teams play. Let out a whoop when the Habs went up 3-1, but kept it succinct given I live in enemy territory.

    Bruins were heading to another cup final this year, no question, if they hadn’t drawn Montreal. Now let’s see what the red/white/blue and the bleu/bland/rouge make of each other.

  25. imgoingtowichita - May 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Sacre blue (not exactly sure the French spelling).
    Go West Lord Stanley, Go West

  26. timmons94 - May 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Drew. Steelers 6 titles Cheatriots 3. Pats have gagged 10 years running.
    Brad Marchand. Little thug.also 20 consecutive playoff games without a goal.

    • drewzducks - May 15, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Even a Dexter Manleyesque IQ’d one like yourself knows that the Pats didn’t cheat. Hell, just ask your own Bill Cowher. I’ll take his word over some keyboard pounding halfwit. Did they cheat when they rolled up 55 on your chumps in November ? And the talent challenged Marchand’s 0 in 20 doesn’t look so bad when compared to the Heartless Trophy winner’s 1 in 17.

  27. Moop - May 14, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    The “youthful defense” is what killed the Bruins. The analysts can say all they want; our “youthful defense” is Dougie and Krug. Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller are 25 and 26, respectively. They are not going to blossom into top four defensemen. They are what they are, and as far as I’m concerned, Matt Bartkowski is not a capable starting NHL defenseman. His play really hurt that series and I don’t want to see him on the team next season. Having McQuaid at the very least, or even Chris Kelly for his defensive game as a forward, would have been huge.

    This loss is what’s going to happen when Chiarelli makes moves for depth defensemen at the deadline. He did it in 2012 and he did it this year; both seasons ended in disappointing playoff exits. The Bruins needed an impact defenseman and unfortunately he could not do that.

    For all the credit that the “Merlot line” has been given over the past few years, I’d like to see it end. I can live without Thornton and when his contract is up I can live without Campbell is presented with the right upgrade.

    Eriksson shouldn’t be blamed; sure, his scoring was not nearly up to par as previous years in his career but he was injured and playing in a very different system so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now. He ended up on a line that was pretty much the Bruins’ best in that series and he plays well defensively.

    Congrats to the Habs on beating the Bruins, but… go Rangers.

  28. pastabelly - May 14, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Ouch!!!!! Marchand, Krecji, and Chara got some splaining to do. Pacioretty woke up and our guys didn’t.

  29. muckleflugga - May 14, 2014 at 11:56 PM


    tell me more … that sounds like something we could set our teeth into

    were sergei federov and pavel bure not under some sort of similar threat at some time

  30. graymalkin26 - May 15, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Boston is rat hole filled with bigots, and I am so sick of this boston strong bs, makes me wanna puke. Nothing in the least strong about that rat hole.

  31. dadooooo - May 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Who will Pierre root for now that his beloved Bruins are gone, and his Penguins are out, too? He will just be sad, behind the glass.

  32. ralphwilsonisrich - May 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Happy for Vanek, with the Sabres he would only be dreaming.

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