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NHL Blogger, a fan of the Boston Bruins for 40 years, mom to the famous/notorious Bruins dog blogger, The Pup. The Pup is a savvy hockey dog in search of cookies (the jar is on the top shelf).

Dear Bruins, Thank You For Believing in OUR Dream!

Dear Bruins, Thank You For Believing in OUR Dream!

So over the last few days I have been trying to collect the words to describe the surreal feeling surrounding the newly acquired reality…The Boston Bruins are 2011 Stanley Cup Champions!  It almost seems a bit absurd, as a long-time fan who had pinned my hopes on other Bruins teams for so many years, it [...]

Bruins, In a Word? Redemption!

Bruins, In a Word? Redemption!

A year ago the Chicago Blackhawks lifted the Stanley Cup, sending a long suffering deeply devoted fan base of a proud Original 6 organization into a well deserved frenzy and a year long celebration of their return to a position among the league’s elite.  I watched, both happy for my fellow Original 6 fans and [...]

Why Thomas and Price Are a Class Above Luongo

Why Thomas and Price Are a Class Above Luongo

They are the netminders for teams with arguably the most heated rivalry in all of sport, Tim Thomas and Carey Price toil under the weighty expectations which accompany being the cornerstone of their team’s success. The environment is one which thrusts them onto center stage each time they step on the ice;  each save, miscue, [...]

A Special Plea for Game 3 Bruins Honorary Flag Captain

A Special Plea for Game 3 Bruins Honorary Flag Captain

    He was the Bruins first round draft pick in the NHL Entry Draft of 1981, he was the future, joining Barry Pederson and Steve Kasper as the young fresh faces ready to accept the mantle from Wayne Cashman, Terry O’Reilly, and Mike Milbury.  He was gifted, blessed with a goal scorer’s touch, a [...]

Julien and Chara Show Their Mettle in Bruins Playoff Run

Julien and Chara Show Their Mettle in Bruins Playoff Run

Bobby Orr, Harry Sinden, Raymond Bourque, and Mike Milbury cast lengthy shadows in the city of Boston and in Bruins’ lore.  The legendary Bobby Orr, one of the best to ever play the game and is the measuring stick for all Bruins’ defensemen, past, present and future.  Harry Sinden, the mastermind behind the bench for [...]

The Bruins, Claude Julien, and Fans Struggle in ECF Debut

The Bruins, Claude Julien, and Fans Struggle in ECF Debut

The building was rocking. Raymond Bourque started the festivities waving a rally towel, and sending the Spoked B  banner around the loge. The 17,000 plus were singing the Nation Anthem along with beloved Bruins’ legend, Rene Rancourt and immediately into a frenzied “Let’s Go Bruins” chant, a serenade which transported many back in time.  It [...]

Bruins-Habs Fans Playoff Challenge

Bruins-Habs Fans Playoff Challenge

Bruins fans, will you rise to the challenge??

Bruins Need Their 7th Player Tonight!

Bruins Need Their 7th Player Tonight!

The Boston Bruins have struggled for the better part of two seasons, and post season to utilize home ice as an advantage. However, after dropping the series opener in a tentative and passive performance, the Bruins face as dire a situation as a team can face this early in a series. Game two, in their [...]

It's called....Bruins

It’s called….Bruins

So it has finally reached a breaking point. If there is a “never been done in the history of doing things” the Bruins will do it, and not in a good way. Maybe this has been the curse of the franchise all along? Even back to the days of Orr, Espo, and Cheevers, when the [...]

Bruins Fail to Clinch, Sound Familiar?

Bruins Fail to Clinch, Sound Familiar?

So the Bruins failed to serenade Phil Kessel off to the golf course.  In fact, Kessel and Mike Komisarek were far too “comfortable” stirring up trouble, that neither had the intention of finishing.  The Bruins, with an opportunity to make late season strides at proving home ice might be a worth having post season advantage, [...]

A Sense of Urgency, A Glimpse of Promise

A Sense of Urgency, A Glimpse of Promise

The Garden was rocking from pre-game skate, throughout the post-game celebration. The Boston Bruins played with a sense of urgency, and a clear mission. With mounting playoff expectations, the team provided the Bruins’ faithful with a glimpse at the promise which fans have been begging to see, in a marquee game, AT HOME! Loud and [...]

Bruins MUST Make a Stand at Home!

Bruins MUST Make a Stand at Home!

After a sluggish start at home on Tuesday against the desperate NJ Devils, the Bruins seemed to find their way and take a step toward returning to playing, “Bruins Hockey”. As former player, and Bruins’ color analyst, Derek Sanderson often said to win games you need a “fluke a pretty goal, and a PP goal”, [...]

Is Claude Julien Capable of Delivering the Stanley Cup to Boston?

Is Claude Julien Capable of Delivering the Stanley Cup to Boston?

His team has just collected 15 of a possible 16 points, and he is at the helm of a team which he was instrumental in returning from the depth of despair (otherwise known as “The Dave Lewis Era”).  However, not since Terry Francona’s tag-tag group of freaks won the World Series in 2004 has a [...]

Dare to Dream Bruins Fans, This Team WILL Chase the Cup!

Dare to Dream Bruins Fans, This Team WILL Chase the Cup!

It was 1972, and the best puck moving defenseman EVER to lace them up wore the Spoked B and shredded opponents.  Bobby was joined by personalities such as the stoic, talented, and undisputed leader of the Big Bad Bruins, “The Chief”; the original power forward, Espo; the playboy who could score on and off the [...]

Observations, Thoughts, Hopes, and Fears as the Bruins Enter the All-Star Break

Observations, Thoughts, Hopes, and Fears as the Bruins Enter the All-Star Break

Just a few things to spark discussion, or at the very least give us pause (or paws if you consider The Pup’s view) as we spend the next few days waiting for the NHL season to resume. * Where are the critics who lamented the Milan Lucic signing, and who continued to state he is [...]

Bruins at a crossroads, something needs to change…

Bruins at a crossroads, something needs to change…

Seems like most Bruins fans finally realize the B’s are at a crossroads.  Last spring, after watching the Blackhawks hoist the Stanley Cup in which the entire organization seemed focused on this singular goal, I asked (actually pleaded http://hockeyindependent.com/blog/?p=17656 ) for the Bruins to do the same.  Adam Oates and Ray Bourque both recognized the [...]

NOW can we say, Fire Julien??

NOW can we say, Fire Julien??

Well Bruins fans, let’s take a short trip in the time machine shall we?  For much of last season I lamented over Bruins’ Coach, Claude Julien’s inability to manage personnel; and with the Bruins suffering through the worst drought in the proud franchise’s history, I was given by readers, other fans, and the mainstream media, [...]

Julien Pushing the Envelope, Thomas to Start AGAIN…

Julien Pushing the Envelope, Thomas to Start AGAIN…

December 15th, 32 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Sabres was the last time Tuukka Rask saw time between the pipes.  Despite the fact that Tim Thomas has arguably been the NHL’s top goaltender, not to mention feel good story of the first half, Rask has been relegated to a mere spectator.  The bounces [...]

Down the Rabbit Hole with the Bruins, '89-90 and '10-11

Down the Rabbit Hole with the Bruins, ’89-90 and ’10-11

The Pup and I took a walk with my brother through New Hampshire’s winter wonderland, and as it always does, the conversation turned to the Bruins.  As lifelong Bruins fans we have reveled (as a family) in the triumphs of Bruins days gone by, and had looked forward to this season (as we always do) [...]

The Christmas Wish List of a Bruins Fan…

The Christmas Wish List of a Bruins Fan…

After watching another two periods of an uninspired effort of the Bruins against the hated Flyers (if the B’s don’t hate them, then they need to take a cue from their fans), with a demonstrated lack of the physical domination and tempo control which the team is more than capable of employing I feel obliged [...]