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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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2009 preview: Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins had a great regular season run last year, but was surprised in the playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Bruins should be the top team in the Northeast division, especially if they continue their domination of the Habs (they won’t). They’ll be more challenged by teams this season, but expect the Bruins to win the games needed to come first in the division.

Story of the season: Can the Bruins continue to expect everyone to perform at the same level as last year? Some players will expect to see a falloff in points, ice time, etc. But last year, everything worked out just right for the Bruins. Rookies performed great. On-ice chemistry was awesome. Zdeno Chara was a beast, and Tim Thomas had a career year. Can all that happen again?

Former Habs: Michael Ryder, Steve Begin, Mark Recchi

Blog to follow: Stanley Cup of Chowder

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Pool Picks: Patrice Bergeron. If he can stay healthy, he’ll get 60 points easily. Stay away from:Milan Lucic. The guy is a beast on the ice, but won’t be able to dominate to score goals every night, just when he’s playing against the Habs. Look for him to finish around 45 points.

Award nominees: Marc Savard for the Lady Byng

Expected Finish: First in the Northeast, second in the East

Cheerleader: A Bruins ice girl (the Habs ones are better, I think).

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NHL predictions, round 2

So the second round of the NHL playoffs begins tonight.

Yeah, yeah, I know. We all want to kiss the cup. And it's got nothing to do with Hayden Panettiere.

This is the best picture of the Stanley Cup I could find. And it's got nothing to do with Hayden Panettiere.

Let’s ignore the first round, since I only went three for eight. That’s in the past. Focus on the present, people.

Anyways, here you go. Enjoy!

Detroit Red Wings VS Anaheim Ducks

Detroit is coming off a pretty easy series, sweeping the Columbus Blue Jackets. Anaheim had a much harder time with the San Jose Sharks, going to six games in that series. Still, these two teams are the past two Stanley Cup champions, and are determined to prove they can still win it all.

This series will come down to the Anaheim goalie, Jonas Hiller. He was magnificent in the first round, and is one of the main reasons the Ducks won. Detroit’s goaltending looked shaky in the regular season, but Chris Osgood has been in this position before. I think the Red Wings can get to Hiller early, leading to some lopsided games. They just have too much offence to be stymied by a guy most people never heard of two weeks ago.

Red Wings in 5.

Vancouver Canucks VS Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks weren’t supposed to be here. They were supposed to lose to the Calgary Flames, the team with all the experience, and one of the top goalies in the game. Now, most people are expecting them to lose to Vancouver, the team with all the experience, and one of the top goalies in the game. Don’t listen to them.

Chicago has more depth on offence, and can keep rolling scoring lines that Vancouver can’t match. Eventually, they’ll wear Roberto Luongo down. Expect a lot of close games, with Chicago eventually winning them late in the third period or in overtime.

Chicago in 6.

Boston Bruins VS Carolina Hurricanes

Stupid Bruins. Eliminating my favourite team, the Montreal Canadiens, in the first round. And a sweep no less.

Carolina looked good against the Devils (or so I’ve read, I don’t know actually know anyone who watched any of that series). The Hurricanes would keep those games close. They won one game by scoring with 0.2 seconds left in regulation, won another by scoring two goals in the last 90 seconds, and won another game in overtime.

Boston won’t let the Hurricanes keep the games that close so they could sneak out some wins. Look for Boston to continue their playoff domination.

Boston in 5.

Pittsburgh Penguins VS Washington Capitals

This series wont have much to do with these two guys,

This series won't have much to do with these two guys,

The other series don’t matter. All of the focus will be on these two teams. This is the matchup almost everyone has dreamed about, and should be the biggest moneymaker the NHL could have (only topped by these two teams meeting in the conference finals).

Look for lots of scoring. There won’t be many 1-0 games in this series. I think the difference will be the Pens’ goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury. He was awesome in the first round, and has more experience than his Washington counterpart, Simeon Varlamov. Look for Fleury to make a lot of big saves and steal some games.

Penguins in 6.

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Top 100 Habs: #45

#45: Sylvio Mantha

With the exception of four games for the Boston Bruins at the end of his career, Sylvio Mantha spent his entire 13 career with the Montreal Canadiens.

Sylvio Mantha

Sylvio Mantha

Mantha was a leader on the ice, and was willing to do whatever it took to help better the team. He started off his career as a forward, but the Canadiens moved him to defence early in his career.

There, he helped lead the Habs to three Stanley Cups (in 1924, 1930 and 1931).  He was captain of the team for the last two of those Cups.

While he wasn’t know for his scoring, he did manage to score 10 or more goals in a season on two different occasions.

An interesting bit of trivia: He scored the first ever goal in the history of the Boston Gardens, in a 1-0 Habs win over the Bruins.

In the 1935-36 season, Mantha was named player coach, but the team did so poorly, he was fired. He signed on with the Bruins, but retired after four games when he realized he couldn’t keep up anymore.

He went on to become an NHL referee, and also coached some minor league teams.

He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960.

For more Sylvio Mantha:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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Top 100 Habs: #48

#48: Billy Coutu While Billy Coutu is probably most well-known as being the first player ever banned from the NHL, he spent 12 solid seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.

He definitely had one of the most interesting hockey careers. He started with the Canadiens the year before the NHL was formed, in 1916-17.The next season, the first of the NHL, Coutu had two goals and two assists as a defenceman.In 1919, Coutu was one of five Montreal Canadiens players in the Stanley Cup finals to get the influenza that was affecting much of the world. The finals was eventually cancelled because too many players were out sick.

After one more season with the Habs, Coutu was loaned to the Hamilton team for the season, before joining Montreal again in the 1921-22 season.

Coutu would eventually win the Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1924.

But his tough play was also detrimental to his career. He was suspended three times for his rough play before being traded to the Boston Bruins.

Six months after the trade, Coutu started a on-ice brawl in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals by punching the referee. He was given a lifetime suspension from the NHL.

He played the rest of his career in the minors, where he was thrown out of a game a few years later for, you guessed it, abuse of the referee.For more on Bill Coutu:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

Billy Coutu

Billy Coutu

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Stanley Cup finals in neutral zites

At the NHL’s general managers meeting in March, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland plans to bring up the topic of the Stanley Cup finals.

Imagine this celebration happening in a neutral site!

Imagine this celebration happening in a neutral site!

His thoughts? The finals should be like the Superbowl, where the highest bidder gets the rights for the first two games.

The idea is completely ludicrous. First off, one of the reasons the Superbowl works is because it’s one and done. People can plan their yearly vacation or whatever around attending the Superbowl, which is held on a Sunday.

The Stanley Cup finals is at least four games long. So why would a city pay big money to host a championship that won’t be awarded in that city?

The other negative has to do with the bidding. Just say it’s the Boston Bruins against the San Jose Sharks in the finals. What happens though, if the Bruins are hosting the two games as a neutral site (which would have been decided at least a year in advance)? It’d be two games at the neutral site, one game in San Jose, and another one back in Boston. The Bruins would have a huge advantage in that scenario, or any other team that might make it to the finals.

It’s a silly idea, plain and simple.

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