Red Wings vs. Bruins: Tying/Losing Effort Against Detroit Not Quite Commendable

November 25th, 2011 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
To give the positives their due acknowledgment, the Boston Bruins have refuted the knuckleheaded, cynical notion that they could not possibly have won the 2011 Stanley Cup had they faced the Detroit Red Wings in the postseason.

Reality check on that front: The San Jose Sharks dislodged the Red Wings in the second round, the top-dog Vancouver Canucks zapped the Sharks and the Bruins ultimately vanquished Vancouver. They finished on top of the 2011 playoff food chain—plain and simple.

Furthermore, the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens have traditionally given the Bruins regular-season fits not unlike Detroit in that home-and-home last February. Yet when Boston met those divisional cohabitants in the first round of the last two seasons, the battle-tested Bruins found themselves on the smiling side of both handshake lines.

But for those who still want to label Detroit the defending champs’ perennial nemesis, a 3-2 shootout decision is not a valid cut of red meat.

With all that being said, Bruins buffs should not take a single ice chip of consolation in the way their team’s month-long winning streak ended Friday after ...

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