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Libon: Who truly deserves this Cup?

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara celebrates the Stanley Cup on Thursday with fans at the TD Garden!

By Dan Libon 

Vindication. That is what this Stanley Cup is all about for the Boston Bruins.

It’s vindication for players, coaches, and management who were often told, “you can’t win the big win,” but guess what, they did.

Although, now that the Bruins have officially earned yet another Lord Stanley’s Cup for their trophy case, it’s time to really think about the people who truly deserve the honor of being remembered from this past season.

Heck, I don’t know if everyone should be accounted for the team’s success this season, but hey, that’s what I think.

Jeremy Jacobs: Considered one of the worst owners in all of sports, Jacobs never wanted to spend money on “big players.” So with that being said, he always said, “give me a salary cap and I’ll give you something decent.” No one should really give him credit for the team’s championship because he does not appear to be a “hands on” owner. Credit should be given to the next guy, but certainly, not him. Overall – Jeremy deserves this honor, but shouldn’t receive a boat-load of credit for it.

Peter Chiarelli: He was brought here to be a master of the salary cap, as well as help re-build the Black and Gold. He acquired Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand in the ‘06 draft (50th and 71st respectively), as well as traded Dennis Wideman in for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell, which turned out to be one of the biggest steals in Bruins history. So, maybe, just maybe, Peter deserves some credit, right? Overall – This might be a toss-up, but I’d say, yes, Peter deserves this special honor.

Tim Thomas: In ‘05, Thomas pretty much was told, he wouldn’t be a full-time goaltender and that his best option was to pursue his dream of playing hockey overseas. Although, the Bruins activated Thomas’ option the day before the Finnish Elite League season began, which kept him in New England. He struggled in Providence, as well as in Boston, but eventually helped the Bruins win their first Stanley Cup in 39-years against the Vancouver Canucks this past Wednesday. Overall – Of course, the goaltender deserves it.

Claude Julien: No one in the Boston Bruins organization took more heat this season than the head coach. Julien should eventually receive the Bill Belichick treatment. The hardcore hockey writers will still criticize him for just about anything, but in the end, Julien has been a positive impact for this particular team. They’ve gone from being chokers to champions. Overall – Yes, the head coach deserves it.

The Team: With the Bruins’ being somewhat of a young squad, I’d expect the crew to remain intact for the next few years. Also, players like Tyler Seguin and Steven Kampfer will need to step up next season, but all in all, Boston could be seeing the beginning of a “dynasty,” as long as everyone remains healthy. Overall – They deserve it.

Noonan: Boston Needs Something to Cheer About

Will the Canadiens beat the Bruins or can Boston fight back to win the series?

By Matt Noonan

“We want the Cup! We want the Cup!”

Come on, don’t you want to cheer?

Who doesn’t want the Stanley Cup, especially if you’re from Boston, Massachusetts?

The last time the Boston Bruins celebrated a championship on the ice was in 1972, when they beat the New York Rangers. Bobby Orr was playing for Boston, Richard Nixon was the President of the United States of America and Don McLean’s “American Pie” was a popular hip tune.

Now, Barack Obama is the President, gas prices are skyrocketing and Lady Gaga’s newest hit, “Judas” is the number one downloaded song on i-Tunes.

Game 4 between the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will take place Thursday evening at the Bell Centre, however the Habs hold a 2-1 series advantage against the men dressed in Black and Gold. Yet, with a win, Montreal could conceivably be considered a lock to win the series, so how does that make you feel?

Bostonians and New Englanders can only hope that the Bruins will follow in the path of the Celtics and win two back-to-back playoff games, which happened this past week, but as any sports fan from the Hub knows, fairy tales don’t always end happily.

Boston knows the meaning of “misery.” They haven’t seen a team celebrate a championship since ’08, which was when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen guided the Celtics to Banner 17.

Ever since, the local sports teams have disappointed.

The Red Sox lost two back-to-back postseason series against the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angles of Anaheim Angels, as well as were bitten quite terribly by the “injury bug” during the ’10 season.

The Patriots watched Tom Brady come back from an ACL and MCL injury during the ’09 season, but were immediately eliminated back-to-back years in the playoffs. Might I add, last season Brady and the Patriots were practically a guaranteed lock to win the AFC, but instead, lost to Rex Ryan and the New York Jets.

As far as the Celtics go, the bitter taste of defeat still remains in everyone’s mouths or minds, as the Los Angles Lakers beat the Green and White last June in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Although, despite dwelling on the past few years, the Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox have indeed won championships within the last 10-12 years, but the only team that hasn’t are the Bruins.

Can the Bruins actually win their sixth Stanley Cup? I believe they can, but all in all, when will it happen?

I personally thought this was the year. They made some changes, acquired Nathan Horton, as well as made a few trades at the deadline and oh, by the way, Tim Thomas has clearly bounced back between the pipes.

Yet, the four losses to Philadelphia is something that the Black and Gold will never get over until they actually win a Stanley Cup. They must win one because otherwise Game 7 of the NHL Playoffs will live in New England lore.

So again, can the Bruins beat the Canadiens? Absolutely, but if you want to go by statistics or numbers from this past season, forget it. Montreal owned the season series against Boston and had no problem winning Games 1 and 2 at the TD Garden.

Montreal may or may not be in their heads, but in order for the Bruins to win, they need to play smart and fundamental hockey, as well as score first.

They need Tomas Kaberle to be the anchor on the power play.

They need Tim Thomas to play “lights out” and stand on his head in net.

They need their offense to score early and often.

They need to win.

The fate of their season rests on Game 4 and if their performance is what it was during Games 1 and 2, then you might want to consider jumping aboard the Celtics or Red Sox bandwagon.

Boston doesn’t want another year of defeat or heartbreak, but instead, something to cheer about. The city is behind the Bruins and only the players can decide the outcome.

Again, the city wants something to cheer about, so believe me, it is certainly appropriate to chant, “We want the Cup!”

Boston Bruins Playoffs: Gionata leads Montreal past Boston, 2-0

Gionata proved to be the difference, as his two goals helped Montreal beat Boston, as well as secure a, 1-0 series lead.

By Matt Noonan

Game one goes to Montreal and now Boston is panicking, right?

The city of Boston has two teams to panic about these days or at least for the next week. Who exactly are these two teams that Boston and New England are concerned about currently? The Bruins and Red Sox.

After watching game one of the Boston Bruins-Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, it seemed almost too easy to distinguish who the better team was in this particular game. The answer… Montreal.

Boston appeared flat and after allowing two goals to Brian Gionata, both in the first and third period, it seemed that yet again, another hopeful year has come and gone, but again, let’s not be cynical.

Let’s look on the brighter side of game one, which included watching Zdeno Chara blast four back-to-back slap shots in the second period, but none of his attempts successfully reached the back of the net or touched pylon.

Another successful part was Montreal’s goalie, Carey Price, who recorded 31-saves between the pipes. Any chance he could get a “stud” award for his performance?

Besides Gionata’s goals, Price’s insane play and Chara missing the back of the net, that’s pretty much what one should take away from game one. Yet, this series has not been won, but if Montreal can steal another game in Boston, wouldn’t it be fair to say that the Canadiens would then have the momentum?

Absolutely!

In fact, Claude Julien knows deep down that if his team happens to lose their second game of the series, he, as well as his team is in trouble.

Both the Bruins and Canadiens will return to the TD Garden on Saturday for a 6:00pm face-off, so expect either a more physical game or possibly a Montreal game two victory.

Bruins Look to Capitalize in Canada

By Brian Willwerth

Looking to build on a two-game winning streak, the first-place Boston Bruins will spend the next week traveling across all of Canada, and back.

Their six-game road trip continues Tuesday in Calgary against the Flames.  The trip will then take them to Vancouver and Edmonton, before returning to the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, an arena the Bruins were victorious in last Friday night.

In Calgary, the Flames are riding a three-game winning streak of their own, and have been red-hot offensively.  They’ve scored 17-goals over their last three games, including a 9-1 shellacking against the Colorado Avalanche on Valentine’s Day.  Jarome Iginla has 57 points in 61 games this season.

Saturday night’s matchup in Rogers Arena against Vancouver will be a big test.  The Canucks have a league-best 85-points, and have only lost four games at home this season.  The Canucks lead the league in goals scored and goals against, and have the best power play in the NHL at 25%.

After that, the Bruins close out their road trip against the two teams with the fewest points in the league: Edmonton and Ottawa. Boston does not return to the TD Garden until March 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.