Finally, A Gift For Boston Bruin Fans - Page 2
Yes, the Bruins have usually been decent enough to make the playoffs, but not good or talented enough to realistically contend for the Stanley Cup. They’ve gone out early in the playoffs whenever they’ve been a high seed. Their goal keeping has let them down. When Jacobs finally relented and opened the vaults (Kevin Stevens) it backfired. When they finally bottomed out and got a Number 1 overall draft pick -Jumbo Joe Thornton – it didn’t work out they way everyone hoped.
The long suffering Bruins fans are the most loyal and frankly the best group of fans in Boston. They're passionate. They live and die with this franchise, and they've consistently turned out to see a mediocre or underachieving product - even though they’ve been dumped upon thanks to Jacobs’s absentee ownership, Harry Sinden losing has fastball and a seemingly endless revolving door of players who usually were decent enough during the regular season – and nowhere to be found come playoff time.
These fans have even endured the ultimate indignity of the great Ray Bourque – a guy who gave his heart and soul to this franchise from the time he was 18 years old – having to go to Colorado to finally win a Stanley Cup because it wasn’t going to happen here.
But all that is now in the past. This Bruins team is pretty darn good. They’ve got goal tending, 2 shut down defensemen, and a deep roster of players, many of whom have actually been at their best during these playoffs. They’ve even got a rookie center who could wind up being a stud and a management team that may be able to keep this thing going, especially now that a salary cap is in place which forces Jacobs to spend at the same level as every other team.
The faith of Bruins fans has finally been rewarded…and even though their team is again an underdog in the Finals, Boston has a decent chance this time. This is the Bruins best chance to win a Stanley Cup in 40 years. Frankly, their fans deserve one.