There is a definite excitement on the streets surrounding the TD Garden tonight.With the Bruins having a “dismal” season based on expectations, not since last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has there been a buzz like this.
All of this excitement is based on what us Bruin fans feel like a huge injustice. As I said before, I feel the team let us down with their complete lack of a backbone in the Matt Cooke cheap shot to Marc Savard’s noggin. Then, the league could have taken the ball and suspended Cooke based on his past history of cheap hits. But no – this is the NHL where they suspend Sean Avery for 7 games because his “sloppy seconds” quote was “detrimental to the game”. OK good but so is head hunting and there’s nothing anyone will tell me to think Cooke wasn’t going after Savvy’s head. Plain and simple.
Colin “wheel of discipline” Campbell is here tonight to make sure there aren’t any repercussions from two Sundays ago in Pittsburgh. Mr. Campbell, your chance to squash this was last week when you didn’t suspend Cooke. Once again, too little too late.
Before the game, the team has planned a 40th anniversary tribute to the 1970 Stanley Cup team. Yes, Bobby, Phil and Turk are in the house. For a fan base that’s angry with the team’s play this winter and the NHL’s lack of authority this tribute is at least one good reason for the crowd to explode with some good emotion.
Looks like Rask vs. Fleury in net tonight.
Wideman, Wheeler and Boychuk are battling a flu bug and are game time decisions so Trent Whitfield and Jeff Penner were called up from the Baby B’s in Providence.
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Written by Jim Mulligan