Sure the Bruins lost on Thursday night, but the point earned in the shootout loss to the Maple Leafs secured at least a tie for the Northeast Division title. At this point, it’s only a matter of time before the B’s lock up their second divisional title in three years, but it’d be nice to see the B’s put together a nice, solid playoff run.
Boston hasn’t reached the conference finals since the 1991-92 season and has failed to make it to the Stanley Cup finals since losing to the Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers in 1990. And, of course, no one needs to be reminded that the Bruins haven’t won the Cup since 1972.
The ’70s also represented the last era in which the Bruins were actually feared. With apologies to Cam Neely, Shawn Thornton, and Milan Lucic, Boston hasn’t had a collection of ass-kickers to augment the goal-scorers since the days of the Big Bad Bruins. Ah, the memories of Terry O’Reilly, Stan Jonathan, and John Wensink beating the bag out of any and all comers.
Some of these fights are just insane. Film quality looks like it came out of the Zapruder collection, but it’s well worth watching. Especially at around the 3:00 mark, as the B’s enjoyed a little fan interaction in Madison Square Garden. And, of course, Wensink’s challenge of the Minnesota North Stars (at 3:40) was one of the best moments in hockey goon history.