Let me start by saying that the Boston Bruins are far from dead in the water. Their ship isn't exactly sinking just yet. There's still a lot of hockey to be played. I am just saying that if I were them I would prep the lifeboats, because with last night's loss to the Devils they definitely just sprung a leak that could prove to be catastrophic. Now, I generally don't harbor any ill will towards the Bruins except for when they are beating the Devils. Unfortunately, that has become a bi-annual certainty over the last years. That's why I plan on watching the remainder of their season like Leo DiCaprio's ex-girlfriends watch 'The Titanic'. Simply put, I am rooting for the sea.
There's just no team that owns the Devils like the Bruins own the Devils, and last night was no different. They beat them up, down, and around the ice. They outshot them by a full 25 shots and it felt like it was even more lopsided than that. If possession is 9/10's of the law then the Devils would have been indicted on all charges. They had no business winning last night, never mind winning in regulation, and I honestly think that made the victory so much sweeter for me. I hope the Bruins miss the playoffs, and I hope all of Boston looks back at last night and says "damn, we should have beat the Devils and it cost us our season". I hope that undeserved loss keeps them up at night. I hope the mere thought of the unlikely combo of Travis Zajac and Reid Boucher haunts them well into June. That's what they get for repeatedly bullying the Devils. What goes around comes back around, and the Boston Bruins postseason hopes just got blindsided by a sucker punch from the unlikeliest of sources. If the Devils season is all but over then I want to see them prematurely end everyone else's season too, and what better place to start than a team that has made a hobby out of hammering them.
Last night also marks the 11th time the Devils have won a game this season that Cory Schneider wasn't starting, and coincidentally it marks the 11th time that people with no sense of how to build a successful hockey team have preemptively put him on the trading block. I would have to do a little digging into the record books, but if you ask the right (wrong) people they will tell you that Cory Schneider is the first potential Vezina Finalist to have two guys playing behind him that are capable of providing everything that he does. Amazing how that works. Two weeks ago Scott Wedgewood was in the AHL and Keith Kindaid was giving up 7 goals to the Ducks, now they are the best goaltending duo in the league and reason enough to ship Cory Schneider out of town for far less than he's worth.
P.S. Hey Boston, thanks for the draft picks, but since you guys aren't doing anything with him do you mind if we have Lee Stempniak back now? Pretty please...