Canucks a distant memory in Boston 0
This was the scene the last time the Canucks faced the Bruins in 2012. The two sides meet Saturday in Vancouver. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
"Nothing to see here folks, let’s all just move along."
Now read that line again, only this time imagine it coming from a 55-year-old Boston cop with thick grey hair and a matching push-room moustache. Add in a gut that sits perfectly in a tidy little belt hammock and you have yourselves a typical New England sports fan.
Only difference is Captain O'Malley here has long moved on from the 2011 Bruins/Canucks Stanley Cup tilt and is currently at a bar somewhere in Boston’s South Side holding court as he scandalously crucifies Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on his lack of Super Bowl rings. All the while, he’s doing a horrible job of hiding a very serious Tom Brady man crush.
O 'Malley's doesn't lay awake thinking the Canucks are coming to town I can assure you. But plenty of Canucks fans do.
@schaaptop: Time heals all wounds. So does firing the coach and getting rid of a lot of the key players in said blood rivalry.
@smoboy: I'm sure some have moved on from the 2011 final. I haven't. That loss sticks in my craw, and will do so for quite some time.
Still, to me, Boston is a dying rival. The Canucks may be able to squeeze one more huge game out of them but it's got a best-before date on it.
@VancityDawn: Rivals no, bullies yes. Bruins are our schoolyard bully. It's time we stand ground in our schoolyard #tweetspot
Just don't be too surprised when the smoke clears and fans simply refer to Saturday's matchup as ... regular season game No. 35.