By Kevin Flanagan
BSD Bruins Senior Staff Writer
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? And that’s just what I’m going to do after the Bruins scintillating 2-1 overtime win – a game that made a six-year-old’s soccer game look like a well-coordinated ballet – at Columbus over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
The steamrolling B’s are now in second place in the Atlantic division, four points behind the Florida Panthers, and clearly it is only a matter of time until they take their rightful place atop the standings. As the radio broadcaster for the team, Dave Goucher of 98.5 The Sports Hub, once said; get the duck boats ready!
Trade free agent to be Loui Eriksson? Are you crazy? General manager Don Sweeney should simply call J.P. Barry, Eriksson’s agent and pull a Peter Chiarelli. “Just tell me what you want, and I’ll throw in a little more,” Sweeney should say. After all, anyone who would consider breaking up this juggernaut now must be out of their mind.
No longer am I concerned that Zdeno Chara was on the ice for all six goals in the loss against the Red Wings in Detroit on Sunday afternoon, or that his lack of mobility led to the penalty shot that resulted in the Blue Jackets’ only goal last night. He’s a famous athlete; I bet he could get Peyton Manning’s cell phone number, so he could ask him to have his wife hook him up for a little HGH boost before the playoffs start.
I have long since forgotten that not only does Kevan Miller spell his first name wrong, he often mistakes players on the opposing team for his teammates and passes them the puck in the slot from behind his own net, seemingly on a nightly basis. Hell, if we are passing out contract extensions, let’s give Kevy one too.
And it doesn’t bother me in the least that the world’s biggest homer – NESN broadcaster and owner of more than one Bruins onesie, Jack Edwards – points out a very interesting stat today on Twitter. Since January 15th, the B’s are 10-4-1 overall, but they are 0-3 against playoff teams, and often look overmatched.
Since 15Jan w/today's stgs:
B's v playoff teams 0-3-0
v non-p'o 10-1-1
3/next 4, later in Mar 12of15 v playoff teams.
Now we find out.
— Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) February 17, 2016
In addition, just when it seemed things couldn’t get any better; they did. I actually noticed Dorchester’s own Jimmy Hayes on the ice last night during one shift in the third period! God damn it, where the hell did I put my black and gold sunglasses?
In fact, I was so giddy this morning when I looked at the standings, I have devised a way for head coach Claude Julien to shorten his bench so his team is most effective on what is sure to be a successful Stanley Cup run. Move David Krejci to wing and play him with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Then, convert the newly signed Eriksson to defense, pair him with an HGH enhanced Chara, and play that five-man unit all game.
Start planning the parade route now, baby!
I have to hand it to Bruins fans, not only are they extremely loyal, they are extremely loud (Well, maybe not at the TD Garden these days, but that is a story for another day.). Recently, I have been the recipient of some odd requests of where to put my head, and strange suggestions of how I could end my obviously meaningless existence. Nevertheless, you have won me over. From now on it is sunshine and lollipops, with unicorns and show ponies for everyone. I have guzzled down the Kool-Aid and thrown on my fuzzy Bruins slippers.
And I have to admit it feels strangely good.
So keep your head in the clouds B’s fans, those negative Nelly’s know not of what they speak – or write, for that matter. Clearly, Brett Connolly is saving it for the playoffs, and undoublably Dorchester’s own probably is too. There is no doubt in my mind that Dennis Seidenberg will find the fountain of youth soon, and I’d be willing to bet that Claude will one day play Colin Miller over Kevan, contract extension or not.
Smile for all the hockey world to see backers of the Black and Gold, you obviously know something they don’t. Keep looking at the standings and dreaming of the Cup, just don’t look at the upcoming schedule, because it might just give you nightmares.