In relation to my previous article , it appears that Cam Neely would agree with me in saying that the dictionary's definition of "heartless" will read "Boston Bruins' March 18th 2010". And for that matter, their entire 2009/2010 season.
Shawn Thornton took on Matt Cooke 1:58 into the first period to get "revenge" for the season-ending hit Cooke delivered to Marc Savard on March 7th. And as the game went on, it seemed as though it was the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Zdeno Chara, who tried to wake up the team with a fight against Mike Rupp.
"We just didn't play with the type of passion that's expected," Neely told Glenn Ordway of WEEI's The Big Show .
"That's what's frustrating for me. After the two-minute mark it was business as usual, as it has been. That's what was frustrating for a lot of people and I don't blame them for being frustrated...I've been trying to figure [out what went wrong] all year, to be honest with you. It's been very, very disappointing just to see the way our team has performed with that lack of emotion, if you will. It's something we try to instill here. I've said this for years, I said this when I played, I said this after I played, people expect their athletes to compete and show that they care, and if they don't win, they're OK with that as long as they compete, show that they care, and work hard. I've heard it too many times this year, and I don't blame our fans for complaining, they don't see that compete or passion that they want to see."
As a Penguins fan, I'm not here trying to rub the recent win into the face of Bruins fans, but rather to ask one simple question. Where did the passion go?!
Everyone is supposed to fear the Bruins for exactly that. And like the Philadelphia Flyers, they're always that "tough" team to play. You knew every time you skate against the Bruins it was going to be a battle win or lose. But this year has certainly been a different story, and the game against the Penguins definitely showed us all that their passion and toughness cease to exist.
Neely didn't stop there, mentioning the lack of leadership from the team's veterans.
So all in all, it's just a huge storm of bad things being piled on, some their own fault and some by others, that has made the 2009/2010 Boston Bruin season so unfortunate.