Vancouver putting the "a-s-s" in embarrassment


Vancouver putting the "a-s-s" in embarrassment

By Justin Aucoin

Remember when the Boston Bruins beat the President Trophy Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 to the score of like 100-0? Remember when the entire city of Vancouver went ape and turned their town into a burning wasteland?

Remember when the Vancouver police said that it wasnt Canuck fans but organized anarchists cleverly disguised as Canuck fans?

Yea, well, all that pillaging and burning is apparently the NHLs fault. Or so the city of Vancouver is saying.
In spite of four Stanley Cup riots in the last five years, the NHL has no approach, no policy and no apparent strategy to work with host franchises and municipalities on this issue, reads part of the lengthy internal report. This clearly threatens the value and perception of their NHL brand.

Yep. Good ol Canuck Country decided the riots are the NHLs fault because it hurts the leagues brand. Thousands of dollars in property damage and Vancouver boils it down to a bad marketing move by the NHL.

Beside that just being one of the more ridiculous ideas weve had to contemplate recently, the City of Vancouver fails to notice that its own policy, approach and strategy to preventing and stopping riots is unsatisfactory at best and nonexistent at worst.

Of course, this is not unlike Roberto Luongos game seven performance.

Obviously, its not the leagues job to rogue wrangle the rioters and protect the citizens. Thats the job of the government be it Canadian or American. Thats why we all pay taxes. Thats why we have police departments. Hell, thats why we have riot police in the first place.

We do, of course, have two ideas for how the NHL Riot Police would look should such a foul department ever took place:

The report reads "four Stanley Cup riots in the last five years" Edmonton (2006), Montreal (2008), Montreal (2010) and Vancouver (2011). Notice a trend here? Apparently our passive friends up north arent as passive as we all thought.

You know whats coming next right?

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

BOSTON -- There’s only so long that a team can hope to thrive, or even survive, in the NHL if they’re constantly chasing the game on the scoreboard, and chasing the puck after digging themselves a hole. The Bruins have been that team in the first couple of weeks during the regular season, and made it five times in five games that they’ve given up the game’s first goal in an eventual 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.

It’s a pattern that is long past getting old to Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who can’t seem to play the front-runner this season despite three comebacks that have allowed for a 3-2-0 record overall this season.

“I hope it’s not a habit. It’s certainly not what we’re looking for, but there’s no doubt. I think it’s pretty obvious that with the amount of games we’ve played, five games, we haven’t scored first,” said Julien. “We talked about that this morning, trying to get that first goal, and it hasn’t happened yet.”

The start to the game wasn’t really the problem on Saturday night as it’s been a couple of times this season. Instead the Bruins enjoyed a handful of quality scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes against the Habs, but couldn’t come through and finish off those plays when it might have meant an early lead.

Instead it lead to what Julien termed a “terrible” second period that was flat, full of mistakes and ended with the B’s trailing Montreal by a couple of goals. The Bruins scratched and clawed their way to making it a one-goal game in the third period, but that was as close as the Black and Gold would get in losing their ninth straight home game to the arch-rival Canadiens.

“It’s kind of been a story about how things are going for us this far, we’ve got to find a way to start playing with a lead. If you don’t capitalize on your chances, you see what happens when you come out [flat] in the second period,” said Torey Krug, who finished a game-worst minus-3 in the loss for the Bruins. “We had another poor second period and you know it’s kind of… you got to make sure that we put our hand on that and it doesn’t become a thing for the team this year. You see that when you don’t capitalize on chances early, that’s what’s going to happen.”

It’s been a positive development that the Bruins have shown the willingness and backbone to fight back into games after early deficits, and they showed that quality once again on Saturday night by scoring a couple of goals in the third period to keep things close. But the Bruins would be best served if they can start lighting the lamp a little earlier in these games, and see how the other half lives by playing with a comfortable lead every once in a while.