The Dirty Boston Bruins Staying Dirty

The Montreal Canadiens easily defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-0, in Game 6 of their NHL Playoff matchup tonight. The win ties the series at 3-3.

As soon as former Sabre Thomas Vanek made it 4-0, with 4 minutes left in the game, I immediately texted a couple of my friends, predicting that the Bruins would take dirty measures at the end of the game. “They will call it ‘setting the tone’ as an excuse,” I said to them. I would not call this a prediction of Nostradamus proportions by any means, as this has become a ‘normal’ response from the Bruins over the years.

Players including Jerome Iginla, Zdeno Chara, and Milan Lucic were seen sucker-punching various Canadiens players at the end of the game. It was blatantly obvious that the Montreal players did not want to fight, and were not interested in being goaded into the Bruins shenanigans. It is even dirtier that the Boston players were punching with their gloves still on.

This type of behavior is embarrassing for the NHL. Even casual fans have pointed out to me that it seems as if the Boston Bruins get away with dirty acts, whereas other teams and players get punished for similar actions. From Milan Lucic steamrolling Ryan Miller a few years ago, to Lucic trying to hack Justin Abdelkaders private parts in half in the last series, to Brad Marchand taking a dive and faking an injury to the wrong leg (idiot), to Shawn Thornton squirting water on PK Subban’s visor from the bench during gameplay in Game 5…There are so many more incidents, that we could be here for awhile. Countless sucker-punches and intentional acts to try and injure, especially in the playoffs.

Don’t get me wrong. Aside from Vanek and Danny Briere, I am not a Canadiens fan, either. I am also one of the first people to get amped up over fights and legal body-checks. I also understand the play and emotions getting ramped up during the NHL playoffs. Yet, this behavior that was exhibited at the end of the game tonight was pathetic, and sad. Since the NHL appears to have no interest in intervening, it will only continue. The game was over, Boston knew it, this was unnecessary.

The behavior and actions of the team seem to trickle right on down to the Boston fanbase, as seen by the slew of racist tweets geared towards Canadiens defenseman PK Subban during this round. Do these same fans not realize Subban’s brother Malcolm is the Bruins AHL goaltender? Did it escape their minds that Iggy is on their team? It was not too long ago that the Boston fans did THE SAME THING to Joel Ward. PK has taken the professional high-road in response to the tweets and water-spraying incident, which is impressive. If it was the other way around, and a Boston player got sprayed, the Bruins would whine for eternity about it.

Here’s to hoping that the Bruins can someday learn to play their rough style, without resorting to dirty, goon tactics. I will retain my doubts, though.

Tags: Boston Bruins Montreal Canadiens NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • Jordan


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  • Evan

    Did you even see why the scrum at the end started? Markov tripped Chara, then he nut-shotted him, that’s why the scrum started not because of any intent by the Bruins. So tell me how the Canadiens just wanted to get out of there, and weren’t interested in the Bruins shenanigans?

    • AndrewAmerk

      So, that explains why 3 different players punched Weaver?

      That would mean at least 2 Bruins were instigators. NHL rules state that an instigator violation within 5 minutes of the end of regulation result in an automatic one game suspension.

      Can’t wait to see Lucic and Iginla escape this rule.

      46.11 Instigator – An instigator of an altercation shall be a player who by his actions or demeanor demonstrates any/some of the following criteria: distance traveled; gloves off first; first punch thrown; menacing attitude or posture; verbal instigation or threats; conduct in retaliation to a prior game (or season) incident; obvious retribution for a previous incident in the game or season.

      46.22 Fines and Suspensions – Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time (or Anytime in Overtime) – A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five (5) minutes of regulation time or at anytime in overtime (see 46.12) shall be suspended for one game, pending a review of the incident.
      When the one-game suspension is imposed, the Coach shall be fined $10,000 – a fine that will double for each subsequent incident.
      The suspension shall be served unless, upon review of the incident, the Director of Hockey Operations, at his discretion, deems the incident is not related to the score, previous incidents in the game or prior games, retaliatory in nature, “message sending”, etc. The length of suspension will double for each subsequent offense. This suspension shall be served in addition to any other automatic suspensions a player may incur for an accumulation of three or more instigator penalties.

      No team appeals will be permitted either verbally or in writing regarding the assessment of this automatic suspension as all incidents are reviewed by the Director of Hockey Operations as outlined above.

      • davidmuscalo

        Maybe my memory is failing, but I don’t remember Iginla as a dirty player before he came Boston.

        • AndrewAmerk

          I don’t consider Iggy a dirty player, but what he did at the end of the game was uncalled for. He now has that “pack mentality” most of the other B’s have.

          • davidmuscalo

            Yes, it’s contagious.

        • Moby Dick

          Chara wasn’t a dirty player before he came to Boston either. It’s not the player, it’s the system the Bruins run. The dirty, scummy play starts from upper management and trickles down to the players. It’s sickening to watch these bastards having success. I guess the bad guys do win after all. SMH.

  • davidmuscalo

    The Bruins mirror their fans; ugly and obnoxious, and, in addition, they have Shabbyman in their pocket.

  • Gerski62

    The CBC commentators — not just Don Cherry (predictably) but Kelly Hrudy as well — put the blame for the melee squarely on Markov. Hrudy said Markov had needlessly “poked the bear.” Cherry said that as a result of Markov’s actions, the Bruins would “come out smokin’ ” in game seven. As a Habs fan for the last 50 years, I hope they can find a way to turn that to their advantage, by using their speed to hit the Bruins on the break, scoring first, and making the Bruins chase the game. Otherwise, it may be a long night at the Gardens.

    • AndrewAmerk

      It should be a great game, even if the Bruins distract themselves with goonery.

  • Brandon Taylor

    The last gladiators… Come on now, it’s ridiculous articles like this that is going to push the NHL into the same category the NFL has placed itself in. There is a reason why the NHL is one of the most competitive leagues around. Let the boys play the game with out scrutinizing every action. As far as ignorant fans and their racism… Is it fair to categorize a fan base as a whole over a fraction of voices that were heard because of how appalling the comments were that had been made by ignorance? Is it fair to blame the source of the racism being derived from the play and actions of the team…? That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard… This article is completely biased and a misrepresentation of Boston’s intent and what message the Bruins intend to send to their fans… The actions by the players were not over looked, lucic was fined for his cup check on Justin… Thornton was fined the league maximum for his water spraying incident, how is that not intervening…?

    • AndrewAmerk

      Oh wow, fines. I’m sure $2000 is a SEVERE punishment to a millionaire – especially considering Boston fans decided to raise money and pay Thorntons fine for him.

      What happened to Lucic for running over Miller? What happened to Boychuk when he slashed Vaneks knee? Bruins players are notorious for mysteriously avoiding suspensions.

  • Moby Dick

    What do you expect? The Bruins are a dirty bunch, esp. this team. Thugs, goons, trying to injure folks. It’s pathetic, and worst of all is their hypocritical whining….boo-hoo they cry when something remotely illegal happens to them. Pathetic. I can’t wait for these idiots to retire….horrible.

    PS: I’m not a Habs fan either, I’m a Nashville fan.

  • AnnoyaLiberal

    So what are the pseudo-Canadian Buffalo Sabres doing this time of year, every year?

  • Kevin

    They have always been spoiled sports, even in the regular season. I understand they hate to lose, but don’t don’t take your anger out on your opponent. Not winning is as much your own fault as it is there’s. Lucic has no character towards his opponents. He thinks if he shows any respect it will make him appear weak. He also doesn’t know when to shut his emotions off from the game off. All the greats in the league knew when the battle was over the battle was over. He reminds me of someone who would constantly bring his work home with him because he is incapable of turning off the switch.

  • Jonathan Dunbar

    I was embarrassed for Boston at the of the game. Going forward I will wish only the worst for their franchise.