April 21, 2010

Jumping on the Bruins Bandwagon

Since it’s the middle of my high school baseball season I don’t have a ton to write about, however the NHL Playoffs are going on so I figured I would write about how I jumped on the Bruins bandwagon.

I had always been a hockey fan. It started when I was a young kid and my parents had season tickets to the Rochester Americans, an AHL farm team of the Sabres at the time. I still remember going to big playoff games against the Springfield Indians, Binghamton Rangers, and Hershey Bears. The arena they played at has recently been renovated but before that it was one of those places that was small but extremely loud.

For those that have never been to a live hockey game, you’ll be amazed at how fast and skilled these players really are. I’ve never learned to skate but am constantly in awe of how good these guys are on the ice and the little windows they attempt to fit the puck in. Anyways, as a youngster my Dad was a fan of the Rangers so I followed suit. Following that 94 team was actually a lot of fun but I sort of drifted away from them in the near future.

Generally just following the NHL playoffs, I really didn’t have a favorite team through the strike. After the strike ended I stopped following hockey until I started reading reviews for NHL 08 for xbox. i purchased that and immediately loved it. I started a season with the Rangers, but changed to the Bruins after one year. Playing multiple seasons and never really making any trades I began to know the players and their lines. Also, I became infatuated with Zedeno Chara, their freakishly tall defensemen.

I’ve known about Chara for a while as I remember reading a Sports Illustrated article about him in high school, but I loved ripping slapshots with him in NHL 08 ad he became my favorite player.

Ironically in 2008, the Bruins were becoming a decent team and just snuck into the playoffs as the 8 seed and matched up with Montreal in the first round. I followed them for most of the second half of the season and had some idea of their history with Montreal but never knew it was as big as it was.

That series was just awesome to watch and I really became a true hockey fan again after watching game 6. (Highlights Here) The 3rd period of that game was just unreal, and despite losing in 7 I credit that series for bringing me back to hockey.

In 2009, the Bruins had a great regular season and I watched just about every game as they brought home the one seed going into the playoffs. Unfortunately they were upset by Carolina in the second round and I was devastated. This year was a struggle. Through some injuries and a regression to the mean it looked like they might not make the playoffs.

Fortunately they were able to get hot at the end of the season and matched up with Buffalo in the first round. I went to game 2 in Buffalo and it was an incredibly fun atmosphere despite me sitting on my hands through the Bruins comeback. Now up 2-1, with Rask playing incredibly well and Savard on the verge of coming back, the team has a 2008 feel to it.

They could very well lose to Buffalo, especially if Miller gets hot. however they’ve been the much more physical team this series and it’s starting to show results. If they can get past the Sabres, I wouldn’t want to play them in the next round. Of course that could just be my biased opinion.

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