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Haggs: Yes, the Boston Bruins Need More ‘Pricks’ On Their Roster | BHN+

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Jake DeBrusk

It was long since time that somebody in the Boston Bruins organization had commented, remarked or opined on the overall lack of snarl when it comes to the current group of hockey players in the Black and Gold.

The examples are myriad and ongoing of a lack of team toughness in too many areas where it’s simply required in the game of hockey. Some are more notable than others like when Patrice Bergeron took a high hit on the road in Nashville from Filip Forsberg, and nobody really did much of anything about it aside from the captain fending for himself with a broken nose.

The Boston Bruins admitted culpability in the aftermath of that whole incident and voiced regret they didn’t do more in immediate response. It’s continued with Boston Bruins players getting drilled on the regular, including Urho Vaakanainen getting crushed from behind and bloodied by Yanni Gourde just ahead of the NHL All-Star break.

The Boston Bruins had a delayed response to that one as Curtis Lazar eventually challenged Gourde on a later faceoff but compare that with the way the Winnipeg Jets jumped all over Gourde when he pulled that against Mark Scheifele this week.

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Honestly, when have the Boston Bruins reacted like that to anything thrown at them this season?

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Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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