Boston Bruins: Finding Out Who’s Naughty or Nice

December 24th, 2009 by 4 Sport Boston Leave a reply »
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It’s the holiday season, the time of year where people take time to reflect on how naughty or nice they've been in hopes of catching the approving eye of Old Saint Nick (hint: his last name isn’t Boynton.)

If the Boston Bruins were a young boy awaiting Christmas Day, it is safe to say they are looking back on the year and wondering just where they fall on that proverbial “Naughty or Nice” list. The ability to change status is dwindling rapidly.

Over the course of this past year, the Bruins have had some really nice moments where they behaved and did as they were told (Monday night’s 2-0 win in Ottawa). But they have also found themselves in trouble far too often for embarrassing themselves in public (a 5-1 tank job in Montreal two weeks ago.)

Do those moments result in a checkmark for “Nice”—i.e. penalty killing and faceoff proficiency—mean more than the ones forcing the “big guy” to lean towards “Naughty”—lackluster power plays and inability to score goals?

The good news is that much like Buddy the Elf, I have an in with Santa. I was able to take a quic ...

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