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.
Taylor Hall refuses to shoot and then Forsberg unloads on Bergeron and he is NOT pleased pic.twitter.com/nGfUnaUZN6
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) December 3, 2021
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.
Gourde with a dangerous hit on Scheifele, and all hell breaks loose. pic.twitter.com/j41wUIzh8f
— Sound Of Hockey (@sound_hockey) February 18, 2022
Honestly, when have the Boston Bruins reacted like that to anything thrown at them this season?