I was immediately angered after last nights game. Not because the Bruins won 5-2 (obviously, because that was bad ass on all counts) but because (you guessed it) DUMB-ASS TORONTO FANS!
After Maple Leaf fans were spotted with “Toronto Stronger” signs last night, the internet delivered a strong rebuke. In recent media coverage – Massachusetts’ towns made it clear that the body of a dead alleged terrorist was unwelcome in their dirt. After seeing the Toronto Maple Leaf’s fans flex their dumbass muscle last night – some New Englanders came to a simultaneous conclusion. To wit: hey, you Toronto clowns want to fly that sign? Then you can have the body – you misguided, reckless, and profoundly stupid assholes.
Don’t get me wrong – this doesn’t encompass all Toronto Leafs fans, and yes this is playoff hockey, and I’m all for freedom of speech – but this is just insanely insensitive and straight up ignorant.
There’s always been a history of United States and Canadian hockey fans having a vocal border battle, as was evidenced in 2004 when Montreal Canadiens fans booed the U.S. National Anthem in a series against the Bruins – and Boston fans responded by cheering the Canadian National Anthem in the next game of the series. Clearly we have always been the ‘better man’. This fierce rivalry is and always has been much larger than the Boston Marathon Bombings, but this, for me, was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and was an incredibly low-blow by Toronto fans. Luckily for the city of Toronto, its inhabitants, and their police force – Bruin’s fans weren’t at the game in large numbers – or we might’ve had a gang-style throw-down in the streets.
To stretch my point even further – provocative comments such as these only show the Leaf’s true colors – which clearly is YELLOW – because they must be terrified as hell.
To use such insensitive and reckless imagery only goes to show that they’re afraid of us. The f*ck-sh*ts must think we will just roll over and take it too, but honestly, they couldn’t be more mistaken, I can’t wait for the next game at The Garden.
The Bruins ruined the first playoff game in Toronto in nine years as they bounced back from a 4-2 loss in Game 2 at TD Garden and won Game 3 at Air Canada Centre Monday night, 5-2. Goaltender Tuukka Rask made a career-high 45 saves for Boston and five different players scored goals for the Bruins, who took a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven first round series.
The B’s took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Adam McQuaid’s first career playoff goal, a shot from the point that somehow found its way past Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer (33 saves). Truthfully, it should have been stopped but Boston will certainly take it. The Bruins really put it away with three goals in the second period. Rich Peverley converted a sweet one-timer after Jaromir Jagr forced a turnover behind Toronto’s goal but the Leafs answered with a power-play goal by Jake Gardiner. Nathan Horton gave Boston a two-goal lead with a one-timer from Milan Lucic then Daniel Paille took the air out of the building with a steal and a shorthanded goal.
Toronto didn’t pack it in during the third period, however, as Phil Kessel scored for the second game in a row – this time on a power play. Rask hung in there as the Leafs outshot the B’s 19-6 in the frame. David Krejci finally clinched it for the Black & Gold with an empty-netter. Boston’s top forward line of Nathan Horton (1 goal, 1 assist), Krejci (1 goal, 2 assists) and Lucic (3 assists) was outstanding once again, carrying the B’s to an important win … with Rask’s help of course.
This wasn’t a perfect road game by any means since they gave up a ton of shots on goal (48) and two power-play goals but the Bruins dictated this game from the start and never trailed. Their biggest advantage over the Maple Leafs is in goal, proven further by Rask’s great performance and the fact that Reimer gave up a soft goal to McQuaid from a mile away, not to mention the numerous rebounds he offered up.
Through the first three games, Boston’s top line of Lucic (6 assists), Krejci (2 goals, 5 assists) and Horton (3 goals, 1 assist) is playing better collectively than they have all season and Toronto doesn’t seem to have an answer for them. Another good sign for the B’s is that their third line, which had been scoreless in the first two games, looked much stronger in Game 3 and was rewarded with a goal by Rich Peverley from Jaromir Jagr that made it 2-0. The Bruins owned the faceoff circle (45-30) in Game 3 and made all the little puck-winning plays that you need to in the playoffs. The key for them is to be consistent which has been an issue the last few months. They were great in Game 1, average in Game 2 and very good in Game 3. Another win in Game 4 would be huge since it means they could close it out in five at the Garden on Friday.
The sooner you can end a playoff series the better, no need to let inferior teams hang around for too long – especially a Team who’s fans need to use a National tragedy to leverage some confidence for themselves.
Thanks for reading.
Here’s the highlights from Game 3:
Here’s a shorter version of the highlights:
Here’s Jaromir Jagr’s nasty steal and assist to Rich Peverley:
Here’s Daniel Paille’s sick steal, shorthanded breakaway, and backhand goal: