The TV ratings are  an indication of how anticipated last night’s Bruins game was among fans.

The game garnered a 6.2 household rating, which is the highest rated regular season game in NESN’s history, as fans tuned in to see whether the team would retaliate against Matt Cooke and the Pittsburgh Penguins for the hit that left Marc Savard with a concussion that likely ended his season.

Fans ended up the evening disappointed, as the Bruins suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Stanley Cup Champions.

13 thoughts on “Bruins Loss Earns Record Regular Season Rating for NESN

  1. Congratulations Bruins, not only did you shit the bed, but you shit the bed in front of the entire hockey world and everyone who cares about Boston sports.


    1. That’s the sound of all the good will from last year’s regular season and the Winter Classic being flushed down the toilet. Kathryn Tappen told Toucher and Rich that Bobby Orr was “visibly upset” by the effort last night. Way to go, Bruins.


  2. As a 40+ year Bruins fan/intense follower, I’ve never been more disgusted and mortified than I was watching last night’s debacle unfold. No heart, no guts, minimal talent. There’s enough of the “blame pie” for everyone to take a nice, big bite, including the GM, coach, and — most importantly — the players.

    You mean to tell me that there was not one other guy on that entire roster (besides the two who dropped their gloves) who was willing or capable of delivering something as basic as a solid body check during the entire course of a 60-minute game?

    Change their name from the Bruins to the Teddy Bears. And, while we’re at it, let’s put out an APB for the team’s balls. Just pitiful.


  3. I’m very seldom correct so I’m going to toot my own horn on this one…. TOOT!…TOOT! >>>>>>>>>

    Angry Old Bastard says:

    March 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm….

    I don’t know, Clinton…..seen stuff like this happen before. Everybody expects all hell to break loose and then NOTHING happens. ….as far as TV goes though, It will probably be the highest rated Bruins game of the season…..NESN will be happy.


  4. Mike Milbury’s interview with Colin Campbell was one of the best sports interviews I’ve seen in a long time.

    Usually, the press is incredibly cowed by the people they interview — they’re afraid of Belichik and Rivers and seem to think Francona is the Pope as they toss softball after softball at these guy and fail to follow up because they’re so afraid of the interviewee attacking the questioner, and they know there are fans so utterly stupid they attack the rare writer who raise issues that make the subjects uneasy.

    But Milbury took it too him on issues such as the offending player’s history of gruesome attacks forming a basis for discipline in this hit, and drew out an interesting but under-reported answer about how the league acknowledges that retaliation is part of the game and that severe hits intended as retaliation are apparently OK as long as there is no technical rules violation.

    He was pretty plain spoken post-game on the failure of the team to do what it had to do, in ways that we never hear from the usual cheerleading ex-jocks who lend their comments during and after games (save Eckersly).


  5. I don’t understand how fans of real sports accept hockey as a real sport. I find more credibility in Roller Derby than hockey. It’s the only other “sport” where fighting is part of the game. There’s a lot of violent collisions in football without staged fights. Basketball has a lot of rough personal contact with no pads played and is played on a hardwood floor. Fights are not allowed. Why does hockey need fighting……….perhaps because it’s boring. Who would go to a hockey game if there was no phony mayhem? How many people would watch NASCAR if there were no crashes?

    Most of these so-called hockey fights are not spontaneous or seemingly caused by anything like a hard foul or collision. One goon approaches another goon and says “Eh, wanna go?” They even decide as to whether to keep their helmets on. What a joke.


      1. Exactly.

        It’s not exactly the sport I grew up watching, which featured at least one massive bench-clearing brawl per month. The NHL has gone out of its way to make fighting less and less a part of the game over the past 25 years.

        Of course, they’ve also gone out of their way to water-down the talent base with too much expansion, and to kill offense by not enforcing half the rules pertaining to obstruction (not to mention allowing goaltenders to wear pads as wide as the nets nowadays).


        1. You are 100% correct about the contrived fighting. I hadn’t watched a hockey game in 6 years and the Thornton/Cooke fight was exactly as I remember: completely phony. If the Bruins were really outraged with what happened to Savard (which clearly, they weren’t), Thornton or someone else would have charged Cooke the minute he hit the ice, thrown referees off of them when they tried to break it up, and pummeled him until the game had to be stopped.

          …but Hockey ain’t a real sport so, whatever, aye?


  6. I love it that the Bruins were finally exposed in front of a HUGE audience. I hope this is embarrasing to the organization. It should be! Not only did the game get a ton of hype because nobody originally stood up for Savard, but they were then showed to be a bunch of cowards once again (minus Thornton). It was the perfect coming-out party for this pathetic team that is the Bruins.


  7. In a perfect Boston sports world, the Bruins would put together this sort of utterly mediocre season and then blast through the playoffs like they should have done last year. Sadly, we don’t live in that world. But the Bruins will limp into the playoffs and no one will take them seriously. This sort of ‘under-the-radar’ approach can work…as long as the Bruins can find a way to score more than one or two goals a game.

    As for Pittsburgh, I laugh more at them than they do at us. Imagine them pretending to be a ‘real’ city.


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