Listen, I’m no barbarian. And I’ve made peace with the fact that the ‘Big Bad Bruins’, both in the old days and the modern-day sequel in the late 00s, early 10s, are never coming back. But I can’t lie: These last few games left a kiiiind of bad taste in my mouth. And no, it’s not just because the Bruins found themselves on an ugly three-game slide with 17 goals surrendered, complete with the Bruins’ greatest strength (their all-world goaltending) flying out the window.
To put it bluntly, teams were getting a little too handsy with the Bruins.
And the B’s response — or lack thereof — left a whole lot to be desired.
When the Rangers’ Jacob Trouba decided to go full Aaron Judge on Trent Frederic’s dome, I couldn’t believe nothing happened. Not from the Bruins and not from the NHL Department of Player Safety. (No, a $5,000 fine means absolutely nothing to a guy making $8 million, but thanks for asking.) My preference would’ve been from the Bruins themselves, as relying on the NHL’s ‘DoPS’ is a pointless and honestly kinda humiliating endeavor. I refuse to live in a world where you have two favorite teams: Your team of choice and the league’s disciplinary committee. Gross.
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has been covering the Bruins since 2010, and has been a member of the Boston chapter of the PHWA since 2013. Yell at him on Twitter/X: @_TyAnderson.