Song of the Post: Warriors’ Code by Dropkick Murphys
Yes this is a little out of date, but this isn’t just speaking of last night’s Bruins/Penguins game. This is about hockey, the warrior’s sport.
To start it off, the Bruins played their most competitive game all year, the one that tested them on all parts of the ice. It was a different test than that a feww weeks ago against the Maple Leafs.
This game tested the forwards to beat a relentless defense and a formidable goalie. The defense and Rask had to stop the coveted offense we were expecting the first two games. Then every player on both teams battled fatigue in playing an extra 36 minutes of hockey. Hockey is for men.
Milan Lucic has been a shadow of Cam Neely and himself in the regular season, but this postseason he has stepped it up. He hasn’t been afraid to throw that giant body of his around, and hasn’t cared for the opposition, crashing the net, dropping gloves and bodies all over the ice. When he has the puck he is a force to be reckoned with, the only time you get it off him is when he pushes it too far ahead of himself or he is passing to his hot handed linemates. Almost everytime he passes the puck he’s charging the net making noise and a shadow over the goaltender. He has been great the whole postseason. He is showing what it takes and what it means to be a Boston Bruin. I personally think he should wear the “A” next year and years to come seeing as Ference and Kelly could be leaving after this cup run.
Lucic has put fear in the Penguins “tough” guys. Both Engellund and Cooke have turned away from him when he gets his mean face on. In game 1 he buried Engellund in the corner then he got up and looked tough expecting it to be a Bruin, but not Lucic and then the dog’s tail was between his legs and he was calling for a ref. Lucic called him out and the Bruins won 3-0. In game three during a post-save scrum in the Bruins end, Lucic shoved Cooke aside and eventually planted him on the ice. The fake tough guy turtled and Lucic pounced on him strangling him to be a man and fight him back. Cooke did not, he hid in his cowardly shell. Lucic has been a Bruin through and through and it is showing in this Cup run.
Marchand has been the Bruins pest, he has been their scorer and he has been their speed. He has been a hero as of game three. He set Patrice Bergeron up for the game winner in double OT. However, he commited a penalty that was dirty. He knew it was dirty, the Penguins knew it was dirty, Ulf Samuelsson knew it, Cam Neely knew it and Bobby Orr knows the consequences of a hit like that. Marchand was throwing the brakes on at the goalline and stuck his leg out a bit further than necessary and hit a Penguin player right in the knee. The player retaliated and whacked Marchand with his stick. Marchand was at fault and deserved the whack. He committed one of the most gruesome hits in hockey history. That type of hit has a past with the Bruins; not just the Bruins but the Penguins as well. Ulf Samuelsson went knee to knee with Cam Neely in the 90s and got him out of the series. Before him their were countless others.
And then there’s the greatest. Number four, Bobby Orr was always attacked in this fashion. It cost him his career. He was so good and so fast that the only way players could stop him, or slow him down was to stick their leg out in his way and go knee to knee. It was affective for the opposition but not for Bobby. Orr has no cartilage in his knees, he can’t skate without extreme pain and it is difficult for him to walk. Orr effectively doesn’t have knees. All due to hits like that. Just like the Matt Cooke on Savard kind of hits are awful, so are the knee to knee blows.
Soupy. Greg Campbell, a Boston Strong hockey player. Takes a slapper from the blue line, slides down to block it and breaks his leg. That in and of itself is a hockey play. But its what followed that wowed the crowd and amped the team. He stayed on the ice. His fibula was shattered and he couldn’t use it to push off to skate. He stayed on for his shift. He didn’t crawl into a Crosby, I mean a ball and wait for the whistle. He slowly got to his feet and contributed on the penalty kill. He helped the Bruins finish off the sniping Penguins powerplay by staying on and doing his best. Then the team couldn’t clear it, not once, not twice, and finally about 30 seconds after the break and the penalty expired he glided painfully off and down the tunnel.
He was trending on Twitter, the least of his worries. The crowd showed their appreciation in a standing ovation and a “Camp-bell! Camp-bell!” chant. And to cap it off his team won it for him.
Gregory Campbell showed us that there’s no crying in hockey.