The criterion for any Hockey Power Poll should include a percentage for how physical a team can be.
If that were the case, the Boston Bruins would be atop the list.
Get ready to Rumble!
The Lockout shortened NHL season begins for the Beantown Brutes this evening as they take on the hated New York Rangers at TD Garden.
Most of the Bruins spent the lockout either playing Europe or in the minors, so they will more than likely be in excellent shape, have their techniques down and ready for a fight.
The Brutes feature plenty of scrappers in Shawn Thornton, Greg Campbell and Aaron Asham. Mike Rupp and Adam McQuaid are not afraid to mix it up either – and with the night belonging to the fans, complete with the propaganda and emotions of opening night, the Bruins will be ready to give the fans what they want…
…which is physical, hard-hitting pucks.
Throughout the lockout, many fans had written off their loyalties to the sport and vowed to boycott the games when and if the NHL had a season, but if the attendance and enthusiasm displayed by the fans at the Bruins’ shortened camp is any indication, those threats where merely emotionally induced…and the players are ready to give the fans a great show.
Scoring will not be at a premium either, but this opening game of the condensed 48 game schedule will be about establishing a fearsome, physical presence, and the only way to do this is to beat a fierce rival both on the scoreboard and on various points on their bodies.
We shall know more about the Bruins after tonight, but they have looked ready through the short six day camp and they know that the fans are ready – and the Brutes are anxious to thank the fans for their support, and the best way is to give them a physical victory…
…and the detailed recaps of each game can be found right here on Chowder and Champions, your Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots authority!