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More than 100 reasons to hate the Bruins

Last year, I posted a blog post called 100 Reasons to Hate the Bruins.

Now, less than a year later, they’ve given us even more reasons. So heading into Game 7 tonight, I thought this would be a good opportunity to update the list and add a few more.

That being said, here are more than 100 reasons for you to hate the Bruins.

1. The 2011 Stanley Cup.

2. Cam Neely being in the Hall of Fame, despite not deserving it.

3. Cam Neely and Peter Chiarelli getting more screen time in the playoffs than Ron MacLean.

4. They have a winning percentage of above .500 for 33 of 37 NHL teams they’ve ever faced.

5. The only reason the Bruins beat the Habs in 94 was because Patrick Roy had appendicitis.

6. You like the fact Michael Ryder won a Cup, but hate it was with Boston.

7. P.J. Stock on Hockey Night in Canada.

8. You feel guilty about cheering for Happy Gilmour while he’s wearing a Bruins jersey.

9. Once drafted Shaone Morrisonn, whose name was misspelled more than any other NHL player in history.

10. Bruins fans thinking the comeback against the Leafs in the first round was the greatest comeback ever.

11. This song:

12. Homer announcer Jack Edwards.

13. Once had Mike Milbury as a coach.

14. Once had Don Cherry as a coach.

15. Bruins fans think the Boston Garden was better than it was.

16. Raymond Bourque. Hated that he was so good.

17. Marchand being too stupid to know what knee to grab after he dives.

18. Eddie Shore.

19. The Bruins four-game sweep of the Habs in 2009.

20. Owner Jeremy Jacobs.

21. Andrew Ferrence flipping off the fans.

22. This rally towel suit.

23. The 1972 Stanley Cup.

24. Nathan Horton for scoring the OT goal in Game 7 against the Habs in the first round in 2011. (He also scored the OT winner in Game 5. The bum.)

25. Forgetting to pay their power bill and having a blackout during the 1988 finals.

26. David Krejci once complaining about the ice after a loss to Montreal.

27. Mike Milbury hitting a guy with a shoe.

28. Thinking the Kessel deal was the biggest one-sided deal in NHL history (Note: not even close).

29. Chris Nilan was cool until he became a Bruin.

30. The three straight years in the early 90s they eliminated the Habs from the playoffs.

31. The Neely for Pederson trade.

32. This Kyle McLaren hit on Richard Zednik, and not being suspended for it.

33. Having a bunch of hall of famers (Paul Coffey, Brian Leetch, Guy Lapointe, etc.) finish their career in Boston.

34. Giving up nothing for Phil Esposito.

35. Fog games at the Boston Gardens.

36. Milan Lucic.

37. Terry O’Reilly in the Hall of Fame.

38. They raised a banner for finishing first in the East.

39. Eddie Lebec never actually played a game for the Bruins.

40. The 1970 Stanley Cup.

41. Never getting suspended for any of their illegal activities.

42. Causing Rocket Richard to be suspended.

43. Their ugly third jersey.

44. The Bruins used to get preferential treatment because of Colin Campbell’s son, Gregory, playing on the team.

45. The fact this was pas proven when emails were released where Campbell complained to NHL referees when his son got a penalty, and the NHL did nothing about it.

46. Marchand’s low blow hit on Sami Salo.

47. Marchand’s low blow hit on Alexei Emelin

48. The finger wagging in the 2011 playoffs after Claude Julien said his team would never do such a thing.

49. Their embellishing.

50. Claude Julien says his team would never embellish.

51. CBC hiring too many former Bruins.

52. Anthem singer Rene Rancourt.

53. Trading for Tuuka Rask.

54. Bruins fans tweeting racist things when Joel Ward scored an overtime playoff goal against them.

55. The racist reaction after Subban scored the overtime game winner.

56.  The 1941 Stanley Cup.

57. Phil Esposito. No reason, but I figure the greatest Bruins scorer in their history deserves to be mentioned.

58. Tim Thomas not going to the White House.

59. Derek Sanderson when he used to call Bruins games.

60. The Big Z is a stupid nickname.

61. Marchand diving.

62. Orring.

63. They don’t have any great nicknames for their players.

64. Having Brad Marchand as a player.

65. This Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty.

66. Chara not being suspended for that hit.

67. Dr. Mark Recchi saying MaxPac was faking his concussion.

68. Milan Lucic running away from Georges Laraque.

69. The 1939 Stanley Cup.

70. Ben Affleck is a fan, but admits to being a bandwagon jumper.

71. Dane Cook is a fan.

72. So is Mark McGrath.

73. Pushing Leafs fans down stairs.

74. The whining about the too many men on the ice call.

75. This song:

76. Brad Marchand punching a Sedin numerous times with no penalty. (I don’t mind the fact he kept hitting Sedin, just that he didn’t get a penalty).

77. Being happy Ray Bourque won a Cup with another team.

78. One Ranker.com guy has Jean Ratelle and Zdeno Chara as the two greatest Bruins of all-time.

79. Bruins fans are sore losers.

80. Once naming Jason Allison as captain.

81. Ric Flair’s wooooo after every goal, even though he has nothing to do with Boston.

82. Ken “The Rat” Linesman

83. Jack Edwards once comparing Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan.

84. Andy Moog.

85. I just know I’m going to hate Torey Krug within a few years. I can feel it.

86. The 1929 Stanley Cup.

87. Thinking they’re a great all-time team even though they’ve won six Stanley Cups in 90 years.

88. Glen Murray as a Bruin. I just never liked the guy.

89. Bill Simmons will only write about hockey when the Bruins are involved in the Cup finals.

90. Milan Lucic’s hit on Ryan Miller

91. Never played Pascal Pelletier (from my hometown) more than six games.

92. Bruins goalies being sore losers when they lose in a shootout.

93. This Bobby Orr goal was not that great. He scored before he was tripped.

94. This photo is also overblown.

95. The year Milbury chose a bunch of undeserving Bruins for the all-star game.

96. By eliminating the Leafs in the first round last year, we got to see less of April Reimer and Elisha Cuthbert.

97. Spoiled the Subban name by drafting Malcolm Subban.

98. Shutting off the hot water for visiting teams in the old Boston Gardens.

99. Shawn Thornton thinking he’s part of a code, saying “People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable.”

100. Then he does this.

101. And this.

102. Terry O’Reilly going into the stands to fight someone.

103. Their mascot is second-rate compared to Youppi.

104. You conveniently overlook the fact that Jacques Plante once played for them.

105. People thinking Rask is better than Price.

106. Lucic feels the need to spear a guy from behind.

107. Of course, the league decides to do nothing, so Lucic knows he is free to do it again.

108. Bruins fans thinking Bobby Orr was better than Wayne Gretzky.

109. Bruins fans in general.

110. They’re the Bruins.

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100 reasons to hate the Bruins

There’s a lot of reasons to hate the Boston Bruins.

Almost every game gives us new reasons to hate the team. And their latest run to the finals was no different.

That being said, here are 100 reasons for you to hate the Bruins.

1. The 2011 Stanley Cup.

2. Cam Neely being in the Hall of Fame, despite not deserving it.

3. Cam Neely and Peter Chiarelli getting more screen time in the playoffs than Ron MacLean.

4. They have a winning percentage of above .500 for 33 of 37 NHL teams they’ve ever faced.

5. The only reason the Bruins beat the Habs in 94 was because Patrick Roy had appendicitis.

6. You like the fact Michael Ryder won a Cup, but hate it was with Boston.

7. P.J. Stock on Hockey Night in Canada.

8. You feel guilty about cheering for Happy Gilmour while he’s wearing a Bruins jersey.

9. Once drafted Shaone Morrisonn, whose name was misspelled more than any other NHL player in history.

10. Bruins fans thinking the comeback against the Leafs in the first round was the greatest comeback ever.

11. This song:

12. Homer announcer Jack Edwards.

13. Once had Mike Milbury as a coach.

14. Once had Don Cherry as a coach.

15. Bruins fans think the Boston Garden was better than it was.

16. Raymond Bourque. Hated that he was so good.

17. Thinking Bobby Orr was better than Wayne Gretzky.

18. Eddie Shore.

19. The Bruins four-game sweep of the Habs in 2009.

20. Owner Jeremy Jacobs.

21. Andrew Ferrence flipping off the fans.

22. This rally towel suit.

23. The 1972 Stanley Cup.

24. Nathan Horton for scoring the OT goal in Game 7 against the Habs in the first round in 2011. (He also scored the OT winner in Game 5. The bum.)

25. Forgetting to pay their power bill and having a blackout during the 1988 finals.

26. David Krejci once complaining about the ice after a loss to Montreal.

27. Mike Milbury hitting a guy with a shoe.

28. Jaromir Jagr and his playoff beard look wrong in a Bruins uniform (especially the beard).

29. Chris Nilan was cool until he became a Bruin.

30. The three straight years in the early 90s they eliminated the Habs from the playoffs.

31. The Neely for Pederson trade.

32. This Kyle McLaren hit on Richard Zednik.

33. Having a bunch of hall of famers (Paul Coffey, Brian Leetch, Guy Lapointe, etc.) finish their career in Boston.

34. Giving up nothing for Phil Esposito.

35. Fog games at the Boston Gardens.

36. Milan Lucic.

37. Terry O’Reilly in the Hall of Fame.

38. They raised a banner for finishing first in the East.

39. Eddie Lebec never actually played a game for the Bruins.

40. The 1970 Stanley Cup.

41. Tyler Seguin isn’t that good a player, no matter what Bruins fans say.

42. Causing Rocket Richard to be suspended.

43. Their ugly third jersey.

44. Bruins getting preferential treatment because of Colin Campbell’s son, Gregory, playing on the team.

45. Terry O’Reilly going into the stands to fight someone.

46. Marchand’s low blow hit on Sami Salo.

47. Marchand’s low blow hit on Alexei Emelin

48. The finger wagging in the 2011 playoffs after Claude Julien said his team would never do such a thing.

49. Their embellishing.

50. Claude Julien says his team would never embellish.

51. CBC hiring too many former Bruins.

52. Anthem singer Rene Rancourt.

53. Trading for Tuuka Rask.

54. Bruins fans tweeting racist things when Joel Ward scored an overtime playoff goal against them.

55. Thinking the Kessel deal was the biggest one-sided deal in NHL history (Note: not even close).

56.  The 1941 Stanley Cup.

57. Phil Esposito. No reason, but I figure the greatest Bruins scorer in their history deserves to be mentioned.

58. Tim Thomas not going to the White House.

59. Derek Sanderson when he used to call Bruins games.

60. The Big Z is a stupid nickname.

61. Marchand diving.

62. Orring.

63. They don’t have any great nicknames for their players.

64. Having Brad Marchand as a player.

65. This Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty.

66. Chara not being suspended for that hit.

67. Dr. Mark Recchi saying MaxPac was faking his concussion.

68. Milan Lucic running away from Georges Laraque.

69. The 1939 Stanley Cup.

70. Ben Affleck is a fan, but admits to being a bandwagon jumper.

71. Dane Cook is a fan.

72. So is Mark McGrath.

73. Pushing Leafs fans down stairs.

74. The whining about the too many men on the ice call.

75. This song:

76. Brad Marchand punching a Sedin numerous times with no penalty. (I don’t mind the fact he kept hitting Sedin, just that he didn’t get a penalty).

77. Being happy Ray Bourque won a Cup with another team.

78. One Ranker.com guy has Zdeno Chara as the greatest Bruin of all-time.

79. Bruins fans are sore losers.

80. Once naming Jason Allison as captain.

81. Ric Flair’s wooooo after every goal, even though he has nothing to do with Boston.

82. Ken “The Rat” Linesman

83. Jack Edwards once comparing Matt Cooke to Sirhan Sirhan.

84. Andy Moog.

85. I just know I’m going to hate Torey Krug within a few years. I can feel it.

86. The 1929 Stanley Cup.

87. Thinking they’re a great all-time team even though they’ve won six Stanley Cups in 90 years.

88. Glen Murray as a Bruin. I just never liked the guy.

89. Bill Simmons will only write about hockey when the Bruins are involved in the Cup finals.

90. Milan Lucic’s hit on Ryan Miller

91. Never played Pascal Pelletier (from my hometown) more than six games.

92. Bruins goalies being sore losers when they lose in a shootout.

93. This Bobby Orr goal was not that great. He scored before he was tripped.

94. This photo is also overblown.

95. The year Milbury chose a bunch of undeserving Bruins for the all-star game.

96. By eliminating the Leafs in the first round this year, we got to see less of April Reimer and Elisha Cuthbert.

97. Spoiled the Subban name by drafting Malcolm Subban last year.

98. Shutting off the hot water for visiting teams in the old Boston Gardens.

99. Bruins fans in general.

100. They’re the Bruins.

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Derek Sanderson Crossing the Line book review

So last week I read what I now consider to be one of the greatest hockey autobiographies I’ve ever read.

Derek Sanderson wrote a great book, called Crossing the Line.

Derek Sanderson’s book Crossing the Line is full of stories, and he doesn’t hold anything back.

Wait a minute, you ask, who is Derek Sanderson? Wasn’t he a third-line centre with the Boston Bruins in the late 60s/early 70s? Why should I read a book written by a guy in the bottom six of the lineup?

Because Sanderson has led one of the most colourful lives you will ever read about, that’s why.

A quick bit of background: Sanderson was a third-line centre with the Bruins, but was part of the team that won two Stanley Cups with Boston in the early 70s. He was a great personality, always giving the media a good quote. He opened successful bars, and was friends with guys such as Joe Namath.

The WHA wanted him in the league, and was so desperate to get him, they made him the highest-paid athlete in the world. Not just hockey player, but athlete.

But he lost most of the money through drinking and drugs, and some because of his lawyer. He talks about how he became an alcoholic, how he used drugs, and how he ended up becoming homeless in New York City.

Now, he’s a successful businessman, teaching athletes how to save and invest their money so they don’t wind up broke like he did.

All this is talked about in the books, and there are plenty of stories. At times, it feels like he’s name-dropping, but all the stories just show the lifestyle he had.

Anyways, the book was great. I highly recommend you read it. I’m a Habs fan, but this was easily one of the best books I’ve read.

I give the book five out of five stars.

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Coach: The Pat Burns Story book review

I just finished reading Coach: The Pat Burns story, and I wanted to like it. I really did.

The book Coach: The Pat Burns Story was disappointing.

The book Coach: The Pat Burns Story about Pat Burns was disappointing.

But after taking some time to think about it, I can’t really support it in any way. It’s chock-full of mistakes, and it makes me wonder what else could be wrong. It takes away from everything, and lessens what should have been a more enjoyable read for me. But it’s because of my background as an editor, but it drives me nuts when I find errors in books.

Here are four mistakes I found in Coach:

1) When talking about the 1989 Stanley Cup finals, author Rosie Dimanno writes that Flames forward Lanny McDonald scored the Cup-winning goal in Game 6, a 4-1 Flames win. That’s not right on two levels. Doug Gilmour scored the Cup winning goal (McDonald scored the insurance goal). And the final score was 4-2. This is important because Gil our became such a big part of Burns’ life later on in Burns’ career, but there’s no mention of that connection.

2) Wendel Clark and Dave Andreychuk scored 99 goals combined during the 1993-94 season, which was “By far the highest the highest total by any two wingers on any team hat year.” In St. Louis, Brett Hull scored 57 goals, and Brendan Shanahan scored 52 that season. Combined, that is 109 goals, which is more than 99 goals Clark and Andreychuk scored.

3) Quebec traded for Clark in 1994 because they just got roughhoused in the playoffs against the Canadiens. There’s two things wrong with this: The Habs never played the Nordiques that postseason. The Canadiens lost to Boston in the first round (it was the series where Patrick Roy was dealing with appendicitis). And Quebec never even made the playoffs that season (they finished 11th that season in the Eastern conference).

4) When the New Jersey Devils, led by Burns, won the Stanley cup in 2003, Scott Niedermayer changed into his uniform to raise the Cup with his teammates. But Niedermayer was in uniform, getting g two assists in Game 7 against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. It was Joe Nieuwendyk who was injured, never played in the finals and got into his uniform the lift the Cup.

Dimanno was a sports writer for a while, so these should be basic enough facts that she should know. I could see one mistake slipping by, but four major hockey mistakes? It makes me wonder what else is wrong in the book. For example, was there really a trade offer of Shayne Corson for Wendel Clark that the Habs backed out off? Can I really trust that this book is accurate enough that many of the other things I didn’t know is true?

Sadly, the answer is no. It unfortunately takes away from the book.

Like I said, I really wanted to like this book. I first became a Habs fan around 1988, and Pat Burns is still my favourite coach of all-time. I’m the guy who once e-mailed a complaint to Sportsnet about its coverage on Burns’ passing. It was great to have someone behind the bench who knew what they were doing, but raised the intensity of the games. It’s something that the Habs need now, but haven’t had in a long while.

One of the other things I didn’t like about the book was how rushed it felt in the end. There were six chapters on his time with the Habs (not including his chapter with the Habs’ AHL team) and six chapters about his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. But there was only one chapter about his time with the Boston Bruins, one chapter on his time with the New Jersey Devils (including his Cup win), and two chapters on his time battling cancer. I understand the Habs and the Leafs are the big name teams, but the rest of his career really feels glossed over.

Throw in some spelling mistakes (loonie bin instead of loony bin, for example), and it feels even more amateurish.

The final part that took away from the book for me was that until the chapters dealing with his cancer, Burns doesn’t come across very well. I can understand talking about his faults, but at some point it made me wonder if the author liked Burns (they were friends, but it didn’t read that way). It just felt like there wasn’t a lot of love for Pat Burns.

In the end, there’s just too much for me to overlook. And it’s a shame. I actually feel bad that I didn’t enjoy this book more. Hopefully, some of the mistakes can be corrected for the paperback book, so at least that version can be a little better.

In the meantime, I’ll have to give this book one out of five stars.

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Kesler should not be MVP frontrunner

I understand that as the Stanley Cup finals start tonight, there’s going to be a lot of hyperbole.

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Ryan Kesler should not be the frontrunner for the Conn Smythe trophy.

I also understand that there is going to be a lot of slant toward the Vancouver Canucks, simply because they’re Canadian, it’s their 40th anniversary, they’ve never won a Cup, etc.

But I don’t understand how Ryan Kesler could be the frontrunner for the Conn Smythe trophy heading into tonight’s action.

Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, for example, lists him as the #1 choice. So do the Vegas betting odds.

But it astounds me that Kesler could be considered the top guy. Just look at his numbers.

He had no goals in the first round against the Chicago Blackhawks. He exploded for five goals in three games against the Nashville Predators, and then didn’t score again until five games later.

If you were to take out those three games against Nashville, he’d have a total of two goals in 13 games. He has four powerplay goals, three of which came during those three games against the Preds, despite playing on the top powerplay line. His has two game-winning goals, which came, you guessed it, during those three games.

So pretty much, he had three great games, and people are ready to give him the Conn Smythe trophy. That’s an MVP postseason?

Some are talking about how Kesler has played great defence against the other team’s top lines. First of all, great defence doesn’t win you Conn Smythe trophies. If it did, then Travis Moen from the 2007 Ducks, Jere Lehtinen from the ’99 finals and Guy Carbonneau from the ’93 Canadiens would like to talk to the guys who vote on the trophy.

But let’s compare Kesler to the Boston Bruins Nathan Horton. Horton had three goals in the first round against the Habs, had two goals and five assists against the Flyers, and then three goals and four assists against the Lightning. Not the greatest numbers you’ve ever seen, but there’s a consistency there. Which is something Kesler is lacking.

The fact of the matter of this: While Kesler’s numbers look okay (not great, but good), it all came in a small span. And that’s not worthy of a Conn Smythe trophy.

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RIP Pat Burns

Today, I was saddened to learn that my all-time favourite coach, Pat Burns has died.

Pat Burns, former NHL coach, has passed away.

Burns was fighting his third bout of cancer when he passed away. He successfully fought colon cancer in 2003-2004, and liver cancer in 2005. In spring of 2008, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He didn’t want to undergo any more chemotherapy, so he was looking at other ways to fight it.

Burns, who should be in the hall of fame except for the fact the hall of fame committee screwed it up this season, was one of the greatest coaches ever, and I can say that with any type of hyperbole. Where ever he went, he immediately made that team a contender.

Burns has won the Jack Adams trophy for top NHL coach with three different teams, which is a record. It also shows how effective a coach he is. He’s only won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils, and coached the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He became coach of the Montreal Canadiens in 1989, and the team went to the finals that season. When he took over the Toronto, the Maple Leafs became respectable across the league, making the final four two years in a row. In 1997-98, he won the Jack Adams award in his first year with the Bruins. And when he became coach of the New Jersey Devils in the 2002-03 season, the team won the Stanley Cup.

Burns is 14th all-time in regular season wins, and eighth all-time in playoff victories.

RIP Pat.

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Boston Bruins preview

Overview: The Boston Bruins had a disappointing season last year.

Just like they always do on alternate years. Mark Savard was injured with a concussion that still gives him problems. Zdeno Chara had an off-year. Patrice Bergeron still hasn’t broken through to become the superstar he should be. Only one player (Marco Sturm) scored at least 20 goals. And the list goes on.

But the Bruins made some tweaks, traded for some offensive help and were able to draft a player that many believe could have gone #1 overall.

Some of the players will improve this season (there’s no way they’ll all regress). And that will be enough for them to have a successful season.

Best offseason move: Trading for Nathan Horton. Horton is a pretty consistent 25-goal, 60-point range player. And that’s without a lot of help. Playing with good players every night should see Horton do better in almost every category. Plus, having his wife around to ogle is a good perk.

Worst offseason move: Not dealing with their salary cap situation well. Despite being pretty tight against the cap, they signed Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year, $13 million deal, Johnny Boychuk for two years at $3.75 million total, Mark Recchi for a year at $1.7 million and Mark Stuart at one year and $1.675 million. That’s a cap hit of $8.5 million total, but to make everything fit, they were trying to trade Marc Savard, who is their best offensive talent and signed a long-term deal for cheap because he loved Boston so much. Not a good public relations move at all.

Dark horse trophy candidate: Tuukka Rask for the Vezina.

Pool pick: Blake Wheeler. Wheeler will probably play with Recchi and Bergeron on the second line. If not, then he’ll probably play on the top line with Savard and Horton (when Savard is healthy). Or if he sucks, he’ll be stuck playing with rookie phenom Tyler Seguin. In other words, expect a monster year from Wheeler. Who to stay away from: David Krejci. He had a not-so-great rookie year (27 points), followed it up with a monster season of 73 points, and then had only 52 points last year. You don’t know what to expect from him, so it’s safer to stay away.

Sporcle quiz: Can you name all the Bruins players that scored at least one goal for the team in the 1990s? 

Best hall of fame choice: Mark Recchi. The guy should be a sure-fire first-ballot hall of famer. Despite the fact he’s played on half the teams in the league, Recchi has own Stanley Cups, had a 50-goal season, three 100-point seasons, more than 500 goals, almost 1,500 points, etc. He’s 13th all-time in points, and 21 all-time in goals (and should move into the top 20 this season).

Blog to follow: Stanley Cup of Chowder

My Prediction: First in the Northeast, second in the East

Famous celebrity from that city: Eliza Dushku

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