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Because (the ad campaign was so much better last year) It’s the Cup

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History Happens in Double OT

History Doesn’t Let Up

History Doesn’t Let History Repeat

History Doesn’t Act Its Age
 

History Lets Nothing By
 

History Awaits
 

History is Back in Boston
 

History Makes a Statement
 

History Rides the Hot Hand
 

History Works Fast
 

History Returns to Boston

Happy Playoffs

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Here’s my favorite new “History Will Be Made” commercial as well as some other 2010 playoff videos.


(watch the whole playlist that’s linked!)

 

Don’t Ignore Us!

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This past Sunday marked the final regular season game of the NHL season. I’m sad to see it go but I’m exhilarated to see the Bruins in the playoffs as well as to see the Oilers get the first overall draft pick.

That same Sunday I made the trip to New Jersey to see the Bruins tuck their season away in a match up against the New Jersey Devils. They lost 3-2 but it has to be one of my favorite game experiences of the entire season….and I’ve been to over 20 games. Tuukka made a real intense save, Peverley scored and there is always the cheering for the enemy aspect. And being able to joke about the Devils not being in the playoffs and making golf swing motions was great too.

The best part?

so many signs!

We turned the corner from where we had parked in the parking garage and suddenly we saw a sea of blue. Huh? The Devils wear red…For a second I wasn’t sure if these were Devils fans that had some weird thing going. But every single jersey was a Nordiques jersey. The defunct team the Quebec Nordiques still have some of the most passionate fans, probably better than most NHL fans.

Just in the plaza of the Prudential Center you’d think you were going to a Nordiques game. I’d heard about this happening before when Nordiques fans go to other games in masses in order to prove that they still exist. They sure can fill the arena better than the home teams fans.

Whether they spoke French or English, these people were extremely interesting. One of the people I went with was wearing a Thomas jersey and if you can recall, Thomas was drafted by the Nordiques. He never played for them because the team was sold before he could. He never even got a jersey from the draft. The fans in blue were so excited to tell us how much they love Tim Thomas and that they are rooting for the Bruins in the playoffs.

A fan's sign

Inside the game it was a blast and the Nordiques fans made the environment outstanding. We met up with a Devils fan who attends game on the regular who told us that the arena was never as loud as it was on that particular Sunday afternoon.

That is no surprise. The Nordiques fans filled the corners of the balcony on both ends and were scattered through out otherwise. At the 16 minute mark of each period they let out a huge roar that electrified the whole building.

They had many French chants during the game as well as “Nordiques Nation” going strong. Security did not know how to control the mass of fans who had come as the group of that same name. The Nation came down a day prior stopping in NYC with a message in Times Square to the NHL about their team. Buses could be seen all around Newark from Quebec that they had taken to the game. This group is serious.

Later in the game balloons were bopped around in the crowd before security managed to stop that. In the final three minutes of the game the aisles in the lower bowl were suddenly flooded with Nordiques fans who stormed down the stairs. They were screaming and cheering while chanting “Nordiques Nation!” I couldn’t help but join in. I loved the passion. These people were genius.

Being a part of such an event was the coolest. It made the long drive totally worth it. I hope Quebec gets another team. The fans are there for sure, and hey, maybe even this will come true:

Myself, a Nordiques fan, Katie and Jeremy.

I love Hockey

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Shawn Thornton following the Bruins win over the Blackhawks 3/29

Shawn Thornton took a skate to the face on Tuesday night as the Bruins blanked the defending Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks by a tally of 3-0. Did Thornton lie on the ice, bleeding all over the place and wait for the trainer to come to him? Nope. Thornton got up and skated over to head down the tunnel to get medical attention. Well, he tried at least. From loge 19 it looked like Thornton decked a ref but alas, the ref was trying to hold back the forward from a chirping Blackhawks bench. That’s right. Thornton is literally gushing blood and dripping it on the ice….and the Blackhawks bench is taunting him…..and Thornton tries to fight whoever said it.

That is fantastic.

And that is one of the reasons that I love hockey.

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Despite Two Quick Goals, Bruins fall 3-2 to Penguins

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Two goals within thirteen seconds was not enough for the Bruins who could not match a third period goal from Jordan Staal to put the Penguins on top. Staal had two points in this second meeting between the Bruins and Penguins this week earning the first star of the game.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 44 stops on the Bruins with 20 of those coming in the final twenty minutes of play. The Bruins have yet to win a game this season when they take over 40 shots in a game.

Tuukka Rask made 33 saves on the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins in what would be the first win for the Penguins against the Bruins this year. In each of the previous meetings, the Bruins rallied back to win 7-4 on Novmber 19th and 4-2 on Monday night. It looked as if the B’s were set to do it again when Dennis Seidenberg and Michael Ryder scored 13 seconds apart in the second period but they could not follow through.

Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis gave the Penguins the 2-0 advantage in just over 20 minutes of play but Seidenberg cut the deficit in half when the puck got through a screen in front of Fleury. Ryder tied it up just 13 seconds later.

Neither team could produce on the power play and Pittsburgh successfully killed off a 4 minute power play early in the middle stanza because of a high sticking call on Dupuis. The high stick knocked Boston defenseman Steven Kampfer hard in the face causing him to fall to his knees and bleed all over the ice. He did not return to the game and it was later reported he went to the hospital with a broken nose.

The only fight of the game came at 15:10 of the first period between Craig Adams and Gregory Campbell. Campbell notched an assist on Seidenberg’s goal giving him his 100th career NHL point and set him up for a Gordie Howe hat trick.

The B’s are back in action Monday for another matinée match up against the Carolina Hurricanes who shut out the Bruins 3-0 in their last match up on Black Friday.

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