Disclaimer: I am a die hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan and this post is my punishment for the Bruins 2-0 victory over the Leafs. It could be a lot worse. If Zeb were still here in the San Diego area then I would probably have a picture of me wearing a Bruins jersey plastered all over the Internet. – R.J.
Where do I begin? There are a number of nice things I could say about the Boston Bruins. Here’s a list:
TRADITION: They are one of the Original Six teams, meaning they and the Leafs will continue their heated rivalry well past the time Zeb and I check out of here. Like the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins jerseys have had very few changes in the past forty years. A Bobby Orr jersey from yesteryear would not look out of place next to a Zdeno Chara jersey.
MILT SCHMIDT: I was shocked that his jersey number wasn’t retired before Ray Bourque’s but better late than never. It was a nice, simple pregame ceremony and I enjoyed it.
TYLER SEGUIN: I don’t think Brian Burke made a mistake trading for Phil Kessel because the Leafs needed a top three forward to rebuild the team around but if that other first round pick we gave the Bruins turns out as good as Tyler Seguin then this trade is a lopsided win for the Bruins. Kind of like how a lot of Leafs-Bruins games have been in the Garden the past few seasons.
KATHRYN TAPPEN & MIKE MILBURY: I affectionately call them Beauty and the Beast and whenever I get the NESN feed for the Leafs-Bruins I look forward to their intermission show. They don’t have the drama of RSN’s Crazy Uncle Nick (aka Nick Kypreos) but they spend almost the entire period talking puck with a live shot of the TD Garden as the background. How could you not love that?