An 8:00 am meeting an hour from my house results in no full links for this morning, my apologies, I know its a huge sports morning.

Just not a good day for Boston sports.

Game seven resulted in sudden death for the Boston Bruins, as they were defeated in overtime, 3-2 by the Carolina Hurricanes, ending their season. New Boston villain Scott Walker (yeah, the guy who many felt should’ve been suspended for multiple games after sucker-punching Aaron Ward at the end of game 5) cemented his place in Bruins infamy by scoring the winning goal on a rebound with just over a minute left in the extra session.

We’ll hear some nitwits saying how the season was a FAIL-YAH because the Bruins didn’t get past the second round, but I don’t subscribe to that. They brought hockey back to Boston. They’ll have some tough decisions to make this offseason with a number of free agents on the roster and some salary cap issues to address, but there is plenty of young talent here which is going to keep them competitive. Hopefully they can learn from this series against the more experienced Hurricanes.

Check BruinsLinks.com this morning for all the coverage and messageboard chatter about the game.

Celtics

This time it was the Celtics who lost the double-digit second half lead, losing game six to the Magic 83-75 down in Orlando. The series is now tied at three games apiece, and the Celtics face a game seven of their own at home on Sunday night.

Ray Allen played almost 42 minutes and scored only five points on the night. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 19 points and 16 rebounds, but also had five turnovers on the night – the Celtics as a team had 19, which might well have been the difference in the ballgame.

Head on over to CelticsLinks.com for the details.

Red Sox

Yup, it was an 0-for-3 day for the Boston locals, as the Red Sox lost to the Angels 5-4 in 12 innings out in Anaheim. David Ortiz may have finally forced manager Terry Francona to consider moving him down in the lineup, (or taking him out completely) as he went 0-7 on the afternoon, tying a team record by stranding 12 runners. A bright spot was the bat of Julio Lugo, who had five hits on the afternoon.

RedSoxLinks.com will get you caught on the latest news, opinion and chatter around the Red Sox.

Might as well hit PatriotsLinks.com while you’re at it as well.

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20 thoughts on “It’s Lights Out For the Bruins

  1. Not to be too snarky, but the Bruins season was a failure – they were the one seed and they lost to the six seed…so that’s a huge upset, and they lost a Game 7 at home, which is uncommon.

    Moreover – they won ONE playoff series. That’s it. And that was over an eight seed. So they didn’t do anything special. Coming back when down 3-1 was nice, but it extended a series, didn’t win it.

    I’m not sure what “brought hockey back to Boston” really means. People have been going for the last few years even when the B’s were terrible, and they’ll go again next year. So they never left.

    I’m not saying this loss was horrible and awful – Carolina was clearly the better team – but lets not go all crazy making excuses the other way, and act like the Bruins were a gutty bunch of overachievers. They earned home ice with their regular season and it got squandered the first time it actually meant something.

    1. If you look at it strictly in that sense, (#1 seed losing in the second round) then I can see why you would say it’s a failure. I’m taking a larger view in noting how far they’ve come in just two years, and by “brought hockey back to Boston” that’s in the sense that people are again talking about the Bruins, looking forward to the games on TV, and just generally more interested in the team.

      I actually think they did overachieve in the regular season to an extent. Do you think this was really a strong #1 seed?

      1. I dont think they brought hockey back as much as you think, Honestly all this did was remind those hockey fans not to waste there time watching a team run up regular season wins, only to be out classed by play off teams who know the real season begins then. the only place I might agree with you is that the bruins were a false number one seed and Pitt or Detroit would have swept this bruins team. Jeeez what a great hockey town we won one series, a great season just happy to be here 😛

        1. Hockey is different from other sports. The best regular season teams get knocked off early due to a hot goalie, bad matchups etc.

          Before Detroit won their first two cups in 1997 and 1998, they were routinely called playoff underachievers. And from 2003-2007, they didn’t make it beyond the second round with numerous nut-crunching first round losses.

          1. You’re right.

            The Red Wings of the early 90s had regular seasons that were just as good, or even better, than the regular seasons they had in ’97 and ’98, but they kept getting bounced in the playoffs, and usually early. They did manage to make it to the Finals in ’95, I believe, but were routed by the Devils.

            You have to be able to keep a nucleus together for a few years and learn to win in the playoffs, together. Hopefully Chiarelli and Co. are able to do that with this Bruins team.

      2. Considering that they had more points in a season than any Eastern Conf. team since the lockout, I would say they were pretty strong.

    2. I would add that once you get to overtime of a seventh game, trying to determine a winner is akin to a 50/50 coin flip. The better team is no longer the favorite. One poor clearing pass or one loose puck in front of the net and the season is over in the blink of an eye.

      If the Bruins scored in that OT you’d probably deem their season completely different this morning. That the success or failure of an entire season should rest on one fickle bounce of the puck hardly seems a fair way to judge. Now if you want to argue that the B’s shouldn’t have allowed themselves to get into a 3-1 hole and a Game 7 OT against a team that looked weaker on paper, that is a legitimate debate.

  2. I went to Anaheim yesterday to get my one and only up close view of the Sox, and I must report that Big Papi drove me out of the park in the 9th. The man has become a big, gaping hole in the middle of that line-up and single-handedly lost that game for the Sox yesterday. No matter how much we as fans or the Sox as a team owe the man–and it’s considerable–it defies the entire Jamesian approach of that team to leave him in the third spot. This is the kind of managing that led MacNamara to leave Buckner in the field in ’86. It’s sentimentality in the extreme. Someone on Yawkey Way has to get down to Foxboro and have a sit-down with the Coach.

    1. It’s very apparent those Goobers in Raleigh were all the difference for the Canes.

  3. Hockey is about sustaining your program for a number of years and capturing the magic to win the title. The Bruins look to be on the right track of building a deep team with versatile players. If they continue to operate in this fashion, deep playoff runs and championships are in the cards.

    1. You’re 100% correct.
      What is it about Jacobs that keeps me from thinking that’s going to happen?

      This is the first year I’ve watched the playoffs in a long time and was pleased to see the left-wing lock is extinct. It is a great sport. Jacobs has a lot of years to make up for if he wants the Bruins fans solid support.

      1. With the cap, Jacobs is out of it. If you believe that Chiarelli is competent, he should be able to overcome Jacobs potential negative influence.

  4. It is always interesting to see that people that don’t agree with Bruce are ‘nitwits’. For such a sophisticated site, its run by someone who acts like he’s in junior high quite a bit.

    1. well for one, I’m pretty sure Bruce was talking about media members……anyway, when did the Bruins become the Patriots or the Red Sox?…..where if they don’t win the championship the season is considered a “FAILURE”???….it wasn’t that long ago that the Bruins completely sucked, jeeze….sometimes I agree with the, “Boston fans are a bunch of spoiled, whiney bitches” theory

  5. and by the way…..for people who say, “well, the Bruins were the #1 seed the Canes were the #6 seed”…..This is the problem I’ve had with hockey all along. It’s a great sport but the Regular Season is a MEANINGLESS FARCE…..yes, The regular season is used to determine the playoff teams but then it’s 82 games to determine Home freeking ice advantage????…(How did that work out for the Bruins?)…This allows some (talented) teams to sleep walk through the regular season (Pittsburg,Carolina,Anaheim) and then turn it on at the end of the season and playoffs. The “seedings” don’t mean crap in alot of cases.

    If the NHL wanted to make the regular season more meaningful and intense it would award 1st round byes to the top seeds.( like they did in the old days).. Of course this would mean less games and less money so they would never do it…..but the way it is right now the regular season is almost more exciting if your team is on the “bubble” for one of the last playoff spots. Hell,this year we knew since December the B’s would make the playoffs the rest of the games were to get a “good seed”….yeah, that #1 seed worked out great…….RANT OVER

    1. The Bruins have NEVER understood that, in the post-WHA merger NHL (1979-80 to present), the regular season merely sets up playoff seeding. Otherwise, it is just meaningless. Since then, the B’s, when they’ve had a team good enough to contend for the Cup (1983, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2009, etc.), often have spent a great many of their bullets by the time the regular season ended. In ’83, the Islanders, who were older and going for their 4th straight Cup, coasted in the regular season, saved their energy for the playoffs, and then knocked off the #1 Bruins in the Wales Conf. Finals. In 1990, the B’s dominated the regular season, but had to go the full 7 with Hartford in the first round. And while they did play very well against Montreal and Washington in the next two rounds, they were spent by the time a good Edmonton team (good, but sans Gretzky and Fuhr, and VERY beatable IMO) was waiting for them in the Finals. This season was another example: veteran team (Carolina) got into the playoffs and saved itself for a post-season run.

      The B’s really need to start learning that lesson. They’ve never understood that it’s OK to finish 4th in the conference during the regular season as long a you’re healthy and fresh for a playoff run.

  6. One thing that should be looked at is what Peter Chiarelli did with Ottawa. It looks like he did a really good job of getting the Senators to be a winning regular season club, but they seemed to run out of gas in the playoffs. Under his watch, the Senators never went further than the conference semi-finals.

    1. One NHL season was played when Chiarelli was in Ottawa (2004-2006) because of the lockout. Since when does the assistant GM more responsible for a team’s results than the GM? Ottawa also lost to a really good 110 point Buffalo team.

      And as for “coasting” through the regular season, people should know the last non-division winner to win the Stanley Cup was in 2000 (New Jersey). But when it comes to hockey, most people (especially those in the media) would never let facts get in the way of their own ignorance.

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