Reflections: Party Pooper

Im glad the Boston Bruins won last night.

Just total domination. They caught the Montreal Canadiens with their pants around their ankles at center ice of the TD Garden.

No excuses. Its exactly what it looked like. One team showed up and the other didn’t, from the score that was pretty evident. Kudos. But I’m not ready to jump on the train yet.

Im happy the Bruins showed up. I’m glad they came to play against their biggest rival, and a team who on paper they should beat every single time they play. With all this talk of a rivalry, if the tables were turned last night the Canadiens would have held a 5-1 record against the Bruins this season (I’m counting the overtime game in Montreal as win in the grand scheme of things). But even though its only their second win over the Canadiens this year, 2-4 looks a whole lot better than 1-5.

I guess I’m struggling to comprehend why this was a huge win for the Bruins. I understand their lead in the Northeast Division widens and their confidence  meter must be shooting off the scales at practice today. But isnt this how the Bruins should be playing all the time? Winning games they’re supposed to? Last night the Bruins proved to me they are capable of playing up to their potential at times.

Beating the Habs did not prove to me that the Bruins are ready for the rigors of postseason play. The average Bruins fan will be the first to tell you after burping up half of their dinner from Half Time pizza that these Habs aren’t the team that did all their legacy building back in the 60′s and 70′s. They havnt earned anything. They will tell you the Canadiens are little, they dive, and possibly dress up in women’s clothing in their free time. The Bruins beat a team that they are clearly better than. How they hadn’t done this four more times earlier this season is beyond me.

Even more fascinating to me is be the amount of media and fan friction these two teams and cities bring to the table when they are as much as mentioned in the same sentence as one another. I know I’m going to be target of a lot of arrows and dirty glares at the next game I cover but Bruins fans and media are right up there with Montrealers in their ability to be somewhat obnoxious at times, no matter how much they lead you to believe they are the high roaders. Who am I kidding I would be lucky if 30 people read this so what the hell I’ll take my chances.

Closing the season series Bruins fans get the last laugh, at least until the natural disaster of these two teams meeting in the postseason comes to fruition. They get to make their Mountie jokes. This morning my Facebook and Twitter feeds blown out with all sorts of intelligent commentary like “French Guys French Kiss” and “Dude, Habs are a bunch of pansies, I’m not surprised.they really don’t have any fighters aside from Subban.” Those aren’t made up. Actual words I had to roll my half open eyes across at 730AM. I see what you did there. People from Quebec speak a different language so in turn they must be at least be bi-curious. Touche.

It seems the majority of the piss and vinegar from this rivalry comes from the fact that people in Quebec are visually and culturally at least, very different from people in Boston and vice versa. And in case you forgot, what is different than you is a very wrong and frightening. They wear their jeans too tight, they smoke alot, they are just too….European? They might as well be those cowards from France who…..I cant quite remember maybe didn’t support us in a war or something? Im not going to split hairs here on why everyone hates the French.

But if you think about it we were all in the same boat right? Starved rabid hockey fans without anything major to cheer about in a long while, who are also probably suffering from a severe case of seasonal affective disorder. I know the yellow and red on the jerseys last night were the brightest colors I’ve seen since October.

Even Mike Milbury got a quick jab in last night during intermission. After showing some of the physical play in the second period he exclaimed “UP IN MONTREAL THEYD BE CALLING 911 FOR THAT!” and then turned to an uncomfortable Kathryn Tappen pushing through a forced smile towards the camera as if Milbury had just said “George Bush doesn’t care about Black People.”

I know that Milbury is a self proclaimed “instigator” but he probably could have taken the high road there. You know, made a distinction from himself a paid broadcaster who is supposed to be giving experienced hockey analysis, and the people who sit in the 300′s sections of the Garden.

I will be the first to admit that the whole 911 debacle must be embarassing for Canadiens fans. A few ruining it for the majority. You can take it and run with it if you want, but making 911 jokes while twitter covering a game probably gets a little old to your followers after the week mark. But Canadiens fans are not Bruins fans. There is no Red Sox season to pass the summer. There is no Celtics to lean on if they have a losing season. They are a one town team, and it shows.

Then Mark Recchi, who I’m beginning to think has a heart bigger than brain, allowed himself to be pushed by radio shock jocks into the notion that the Canadiens have been embellishing Max Pacioretty’s injuries. Even after his explanation of “taking attention off of Zdeno Chara” I  just cant get on board with it.

Chara is the captain of the Bruins who was involved in the most controversial play of the year. He is the tallest person on the ice at all times. He is going to have attention on him whether you are blabbing about conspiracy theories on talk radio or not. Unless you were saying “I hope Max is doing alright and making a quick recovery” there shouldn’t be anything else said on the matter. There was no need to indulge the salivating hyenas that write the headlines. Claude Julien likes to say that they don’t get involved in all “the he said she said” bologna. What Recchi did makes me think otherwise.

The Bruins, their media coverage, and their fans are at the highest of highs right now. How sweet it is.

It’s funny last week around this time I was covering the Hockey East Finals at the Garden and while the Bruins pulled a disgruntled Tim Thomas against the Maple Leafs I heard “Can we officially hit the panic button on this team yet? There’s a reason Julien got fired before ya know!” A week is all we needed to get from panic button to playoff ready. Thats what I seem to be missing.

I guess I’m not sure if I believe that the Bruins are ready to make a run. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe a savage beating of the Canadiens and the ability to say they did it with extreme prejudice was the only thing that was holding them back.

If by some cruel working of the universe the Bruins do go all the way good for them. Bruins fans will be the first to tell me “We told you so, Go back to France!” and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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