Re: Are the Bruins a dirty team??
posted at 12/8/2013 11:03 AM EST
In response to RichHillOntario's comment:
In response to Ramz's comment:
Just by reading the Tsn forums on the game last night the Bruins are being labeled a dirty team!
Here are some of the posts!
-"This is why a lot of people hate the Bruins, they can dish it but they can't take it"
-"The league has protected Boston for too long. You just knew something had to give"
-"Should be a massive suspension for that one. Just beyond dirty from a member of the dirtiest team in hockey. Shameful"...
Just some of the many posts. I think the bruins just play a hard nose hockey and a lot of teams try to copy their style of play. And people forget they are one of the least penalized team in the NHL. To me I think people are just jealous of the Bruins success.
Good point, ramz. Their aggressive style and success caused division mates like the Habs, Sabres and Leafs to respond by adding players who provide a more physical presence to their lineups over the last couple of years. I'm thinking Ott and Scott with Buffalo, Prust and Parros for the Habs. I remember a statement Nonis made at the press conference announcing his promotion to GM after Burke's firing.
To paraphrase he referenced the Bruins as the type of team he wanted the Leafs to emulate. Carlyle had that kind of aggressive team in Anaheim. Now they have it with McLaren, Fraser and Orr. I have no idea how much truth there is to this but I read the Canucks added Kassian after they lost in the finals in case they met the Bruins again for the Cup.
I don't see last night defining them as dirty. I see dirty as being repeatedly underhanded acts over a prolonged period of time; the way, say, Chris Pronger was often viewed as dirty over the length of his career. Or Bryan Marchment's rep as a knee-capper. Or Kasparaitis for the same tag. No way are the Bruins lambs but if anything I see them respond to foul stuff rather than initiating it.
I agree Carlyle and the leafs were tired of being pushed around same with the Habs both added muscle and grit to face the bruins!!