Fighting = Wins?
The B’s haven’t fought in two weeks. So what, you say. I’ll tell you what.
When GM Peter Chiarelli came in and changed the face of the franchise, he stated over and over that he wanted the Bruins to be “tough to play against”. When Claude Julien was hired, he reiterated these sentiments. In 2006-2007 the Bruins had only 29 fighting majors all year with Dave Lewis at the helm and were not “tough to play against”. Last season the Bruins had 52 fights in Claude’s first year and the Bruins once again became “tough to play against”, sneaking into the playoffs. This season the Bruins have 30 fights to date and are 22-9-4 when there are no fighting majors in the game, a good record by all accounts. However, when the Bruins have at least one fighting major in a game they are almost unbeatable, with a record of 18-1-4.
The Bruins have not been “tough to play against” of late, and it shows in the wins and losses column, where the B’s are only 3-2-2. There have been teams running their goalies and taking liberties with their skilled guys, and no one has stepped up to send a message. The Bruins need to play with EMOTION, FINISH CHECKS, and FIGHT when necessary. Chara stepped up against Carolina at the end of the first and let Larose know that if he kept up his cheep hits on Axy, Yelle and others, he was gonna get a beat down. After the chat, Larose did not run anyone in the 2nd and 3rd periods. The numbers don’t lie, the Bruins fight, the Bruins are “tough to play against”, the Bruins win!