Bruins Lose!

The Bruins fell to the Caps in Washington by a score of 2-1, the series is now tied at two games apiece, and for me this is good news, although I don’t feel the slightest bit of affection for Washington. I just dislike Boston more. And the more I see Alex Ovechkin, the more I feel that if I was choosing a Russian for my hockey team, it would be Pavel Datsyuk or Evgeny Malkin. Ovechkin just doesn’t do it for me anymore.

New Jersey beat Florida 4-0, which ties the series at two, Phoenix goes up three games to one by beating Chicago 3-2, and St. Louis takes a 2-1 lead by overcoming San Jose 2-1.

At this point, it’s impossible to predict a Stanley Cup champ, and I think I’ll whine about this a little. I hate parity. Gary Bettman believes it’s good for the game but I don’t. I think we need dominant teams for others to try and knock off the pedestal. David and Goliath. The old Habs and Oilers and Islanders taking on the rest of the pack. It’s just more interesting for me.

The league needs glamour teams, odds-on favourites, full of swagger and talent. and we need blue collar teams to work like they’ve never worked before to try and slay these dragons. It’s excitement and drama. It’s Ken Dryden and his 1971 Canadiens toppling the heavily-favoured Bruins. It’s a young and brash Oilers team led by a fuzzy-faced Wayne Gretzky taking out the fading Habs. It’s the Canadiens, barely making the playoffs two years ago, eliminating both the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins and which had the hockey world in a frenzy.

Since 2003, eight different teams have won it all, no team has repeated, and now we have no idea who’s next in line. There’s no dominant team, not Vancouver or the Rangers or last year’s winners, the Bruins. This is Bettman’s parity. Maybe it’ll be the Florida Panthers going all the way this year, we can’t tell. Everyone seems the same now.

There will be no powerhouse team being in the fight of its life, and no team coming out of left field to surprise and shock. It’s a shame because it’s what sports should be about. But it’s all even now, the dynasties are dead.

It’s parity. And I hate parity.

 

6 thoughts on “Bruins Lose!”

  1. You should read Ron MacLean’s autobiography. He agrees with you.

    I disagree with both of you though. Sure, we may look fondly back at the 80s, with the Oilers, Islanders, Habs, etc. But I think fans of teams like Toronto, Quebec, Hartford, the Devils, etc. don’t look back at that era with the same appreciation.

  2. Tom, don’t you think it would have been fun for fans of the teams such as Quebec and Toronto to go to a game and see a really good team pay a visit, and see their team give them a real run for their money and maybe even beat them? I think that’s way more of an experience than what goes on now. Isn’t it a good thing to see powerhouses in action? And because of parity, we may be seeing a final series like Florida against St. Louis. Good for them if they’re there, but I won’t be watching.

  3. Dennis, I don’t think that sounds like a lot of fun at all.

    Think of how bad the Habs were this year. Do you think you would enjoy hockey as much if the Habs were like that for six of the next eight years, while Pittsburgh and Boston have dynasties? And then when the Pens and Bruins play Montreal, say it was more fun losing to powerhouses than it would have been to make the playoffs and try to be competitive? Would that be “way more of an experience than what goes on now?”

    It doesn’t sound like too much fun to me.

  4. Tom, to me, sports is the Montreal Canadiens and New York Yankees and Manchester United and Dallas Cowboys and L.A.Lakers are all the others who have dominated often, and to have others aspire to be and chase after. To me it’s sports, and when all teams are basically equal, it’s dull for me.

  5. you can have 30 mediocre teams but you can’t have 30 excellent teams. 30 mediocre teams is, mediocrity. aspiring to mediocrity is the benchmark now………… aspire to excellence lads…..
    “lick the lollipop of mediocrity once and you will suck it forever”

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