We’ve got a good ol’ fashioned Hire-And-Fire to report!
Tuesday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens stunned the hockey world by firing their head coach, Michel Therrien, and then hiring former Bruins head coach, Claude Julien to replace him. Julien was out of work for seven days, which is only 10,075 minutes off of Barry Trotz’s initial estimate.
Hours before the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl parade, the Boston Bruins announced that they had fired their Stanley Cup champion coach and Bill Dauterive lookalike Claude Julien. Despite baffling roster decisions by GM Don Sweeney, Julien has managed to keep the team competitive with a 26-23-6 record (58 points) through 55 games this season. The Bruins are one point out of the final wild card spot.
Taking the reins on an interim basis is Bruce Cassidy, who got his first head coaching experience in Washington under George McPhee. In 107 games with the Caps, Cassidy managed to completely and utterly destroy the team.
10:23 p.m. was not a good time for the Washington Capitals on Monday. That’s when the clock hit zero, putting the Caps down 2-1 in their best of seven quarterfinal matchup with the Bruins. But it was also what happened after the whistle that could haunt the team’s postseason chances.
As the final seconds ticked off and the Caps dropped the game 4-3, Boston’s Rich Peverley and Alex Ovechkin got into a scuffle. Coming to the aid of his buddy, Nicklas Backstrom delivered a cross-check up high on the Bruins forward. That’s when the inconsistent officiating of this series — and these playoffs as a whole — once again reared its head. For his infraction — the third called against him in the game — Backstrom was assessed a match penalty.
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This is what Swedish revenge looks like. (Photo credit: Mark Baer, US Presswire)
The playoff series gives Caps fans a chance to learn all about our rivals and the exotic places they come from. For the first of their Stanley Cup travelogue series, the PuckBuddys offer “How To Spot A Bruins Fan” and helpfully explain why living in Boston is worse than gargling with cat litter.
The Geography of Bad: Let’s just put a few things on the table. Some cities are horrible because of where they are. Tampa comes to mind. Not quite poor enough to be swamp trash, not quite rich enough to be coastal, it’s the worst of Florida compressed into one atomically fetid spot. Or take Winnipeg. God help anyone who has to go to Winnipeg.
Other places aren’t so much insufferable because of where they are, but because of who lives there. Philadelphia, for example, where entire generations have refined the art of being over-privileged and grating. Dallas, which is just about all we need to say about that hole. Or pretty much the entire state of Arizona.
That said, there’s a whole special category of wretched for cities that, were the Lord truly merciful, He would just dump into the ocean and pretend it never happened. Can you guess which blighted dung pile is featured in this week’s list of awful?
In the second period of Game 1, Braden Holtby was whistled for roughing when he shoved Bruins’ forward Chris Kelly out of his crease. It seemed like a pretty tame play for the postseason, but the men in stripes intervened nonetheless.
Well, in the Caps’ Game 2 win against the Bruins, Tim Thomas decided to go medieval on several Capitals. Let’s review, shall we?
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