High Sticking: Bruins Hold Six Hour Banner Raising Ceremony, Flyers Win 2-1

Screen Shot 2011-10-07 at 8.57.17 AMAnd yes, we kind of like the numbers on the helmets [Photo via the Flyers]

I hate Boston. I mean, it’s a nice city and all. A great city, in fact. It’s clean, historic, mid-sized, has chowda, and the T is spacious, accommodating, and clean (a little acronym I like to call SAC). I watched Scottie Reynolds hit a runner against Pitt at the Fleet T.D. Bank North Garden Center to send Villanova to the Final Four. That was fun. But the people, they suck. Their attitude, the pulse of the city, and its drivers- all pretty awful. Perhaps we took too much delight in the Red Sox implosion (because I’ve spent the last 14 hours in the fetal position preparing myself for a possible Phillies collapse), but it’s hard to deny that Bostonians really love themselves. So should we be surprised they hosted a 35 minute circle jerk to commemorate their Stanley Cup victory? 

No, we should not.

They (I would say Bruins, but this included most of the city) paraded around the ice with the cup- that’s a new one. Mark Recchi put on what I think was a Starter jacket (I honestly don’t know because the volume was turned down at this point). A number of New England luminaries turned out to give their pithy comments on the achievement. And by a number, I mean 600. For realsies, I was sort of expecting Ben Affleck to come out and thank the city’s north end for its cooperation in filming The Town (required reference in Boston hating). Then, instead of just raising the banner, they handed it around like a group of pallbearers passing grandpop around one final time. By this point, I sort of imagined that Peter Laviolette had donned his old equipment, threw down a fifth of vodka, and was ready to go out and take care of business himself.

He didn’t, but the Flyers did. They won, 2-1. 

Their youth and speed was pleasant to watch, Bryzgalov played like, ya know, a goalie should, and Claude Giroux was filthy.

Dave Isaac has your full game recap. Photo gallery here. The highlights and post-game Bryz… well, they are after the jump.



27 Responses

  1. Great summary. So true about Boston fans since I live here and get to experience the entitledness and arrogance on a daily basis. The Flyers dug that one out and two years in a row we get to spoil a party. Loved it. You know what else I love – when Bryz says this team is like one big family. Im certain thats what was missing in year’s past. Watching the guys in the pregame stuff and off-ice it seems like everyone is part of one big unit. To me that is so important. I think Richie and Carter may have created factions in the room. Who cares about partying and all that shit since its going to happen regardless. But if all the guys can be part of one unit we are in good shape. I LOVE THIS TEAM ALREADY.

  2. I’m liking what I see. Simmonds may be my new favorite player. Voracek is better than Leino. G and Jagr have great chemistry. We finally have a goalie. And Schenn isn’t even on the team yet. Well played, Holmgren.

  3. The dude that song the national anthem had a nice drinkers face. BTW nice having a goalie baby

  4. (Ninja changed his name, for what ever reason…)
    It was annoying but the upshot is that they just cursed themselves from winning another SC Championship for at least another 40 years (not in me lifetime).
    Yes, Boston is pretty city filled with ugly people. Except for those This Old House fellas. Something tells me Norm Abrams ain’t really following Boston pro sports.

  5. Ninja did not change his name you freaking idiot. Who would pick the name iron balls? Only a guy who has none.

  6. Hey Iron Ball, when I want your opinion, I will give it to you. got it you little bitch?
    Phillies SUCK!

  7. Ninja, you did ask me a question and I answered it in kind.
    Are you that retarded, little faggot?
    Dead birds SUCK!
    And your squirrle can have the rest of the fall to gather his nuts in Busch stadium because he won’t be interrupted by anymore games. Stuck that in your rotten cunt and “suck it”.

  8. Correction: STICK that in your rotten cunt and “suck it”.
    Ninja, speaking of “sticky”, your ma was over last night and I forgot to clean my finger after I got done with her and kicked her out through the back door like the ho that she is.

  9. Nice win to start the season. I’m not sure what was worse- the pre-game ceremony that took forever, or all those Brad Marchand slo-mo instant replays throughout the game. It was like Versus had a quota to meet.

  10. I’m pretty sure by standard hockey superstition, kissing (or even touching) the cup that was won last season jinxes you for the new season.

  11. i tweeted the shit out of the nhl and not one tweet made their page. go figure. #fuckgarybettman

  12. @Steve the superstition is that you don’t touch the cup until you have won one… The superstition you just said, is made up… by you

  13. @Bernie P
    I know of that superstition, but I’m pretty sure it’s not a good thing to pass it around, kissing it during the 2011-2012 season, when it was one in the 2010-2011 season.

  14. The Flyers were fun to watch after Boston’s pregame high faded after the first 10 minutes. Man, Simmonds is FAST and Bryzgalov looks like he actually knows what he’s doing there. Fancy that! Maybe this year will turn out okay after all.
    By the way, the Phillies are not collapsing. Give me a break. Playoff baseball is a crap shoot considering the regular season is decided over the course of 162 games. And how can this be a collapse? All playoff baseball teams are elite. This 5-game series is coming down to the last game. Give me a break.

  15. @Steve “but I’m pretty sure”.. that is you guessing and making up a superstition that is not real.. and If you want to get technical, the 2011-2012 season did not officially start until 30 minutes after said kissing and carrying the cup.. I hate Boston and hope it does curse them, I am already banking on the fact that they will not win a cup for another 30+ years

  16. I disagree with the helmet numbers. The players already have enough numbers on them. The ones put on the front of the helmet just look awkward. Not a fan. Other than that, Flyers looked good in the first outing. Let’s see how they show up the rest of the season.

  17. Nothing gets by the “Bryzzly Bear” in the third period. That long ass ceremony was wicked hahd to watch.

  18. Phillies are the greatest team ever… And cardinals suck. Don’t listen to my earlier posts

  19. another lame ass using my name. how sad that yor daddy does that too you. except you probably like it.
    I’m back bitches! Despite that Little PUSS Kyle Scott trying to censor me and block my posts.
    What a freaking tool!
    How is the game going?
    Shame on you Kyle Pussy Scott!

  20. Good night you little bitches. Enjoy watching the cards win their 11th championship.
    Better luck next year bitches. Suck it!

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