Big Z Meet Big Papi

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Zdeno Chara Meets Big Papi David Ortiz

The ongoing hype surrounding the highly anticipated Winter Classic at Fenway Park this upcoming New Year’s Day got a nice boost last night when Big Papi David Ortiz dropped by the Garden to provide a ceremonial face-off before the Bruins tilt with the visting New York Islanders.

If only the Red Sox slugger could skate. Maybe park that wide body in front of the net and jam in a rebound or something. Who knows? It might have helped the team stave off a sound 4-1 beating at the hands of the young Isle crew. A couple goals by Matt Moulson and a nice game from budding star John Tavares sealed the B’s fate and game them their second straight loss.

The previous was Saturday’s wild shoot-out with the Penguins in Pittsburgh where the team gave up Bill Guerin’s tying goal with naught but 0.4 seconds left on the clock and were summarily flattened by the wave of momentum in overtime as the Pens stole what was, for them, a dramatic, emotional 6-1 overtime win.

For the Bruins, the inconsistency and head scratching continues. They find their scoring touch one night and the defense disappears. The next game, the offense vanishes again and lackluster play around their own net provides an easy victory for a visiting team.

It should be harder for the visitors to win in Boston. It really should. 6-5-1 at the Garden is just not going to cut it.

But that’s where they stand. 20 games into the season their record is a starkly mediocre 8-8-4. Second in the Northeast Division but 10th in the Eastern Conference, outside the playoff boundary and looking upward at teams like Atlanta (who they play on Thursday), Tampa Bay and the aforementioned Islanders.

Needless to say, not good enough. Injuries or no injuries, this team should be better than that.

Time to figure it out, methinks.

While there still is time.

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One Response to “Big Z Meet Big Papi”

  1. KofC Says:

    Thanks for the blogrolling! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago (actually while searching to see if anyone was doing a hockey blog with “chippy” in the name, so I wouldn’t rip anyone off) and meant to comment.

    Especially since I went to the Red Wings-Bruins game you posted about. I was disappointed in the score, of course, but glad I finally made it to the Joe (very different atmosphere from the United Center) and got to see the Bruins for a reasonable price. I’d like to go to the B’s @ Hawks game but it’s a bit pricey…

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