If New England Patriots fans are looking to ease the pain of Super Bowl 52, they should look no further than the Boston Bruins
Part of being a sports fan is going through the highest of highs and lowest of lows. After a heartbreaking loss in Super Bowl 52, the New England Patriots and their fans are experiencing the latter. If Pats fans are looking for something to ease the pain, they should start watching the Boston Bruins.
Success is common in Boston. The Bruins might not quite have the track record of the Patriots (especially recently), but they’re among the best teams in the league. How good have they been? Even before the Super Bowl 52 loss, goaltender Tuukka Rask had gone longer than the Patriots without a regulation loss.
New England had previously lost in Dec. 11. The last time the Bruins lost a Rask start in regulation is Nov. 26. He has a record of 18-1-2 since then (technically he suffered a regulation loss to the Nashville Predators on Dec. 4, but that doesn’t count because he didn’t start the game).
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To Patriots fans (and many others), Tom Brady is the GOAT. Best quarterback ever. They probably aren’t wrong. At the very least, you can make a pretty good argument Brady’s the greatest. Guess what? The Bruins have two GOATs – Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron.
Chara is the last of a dying breed – the shutdown defenseman. The role of the defenseman is changing in today’s game based on speed. Chara has never been a fast defenseman. But he’s been able to make adjustments. Chara’s still playing well over 20 minutes per game and he turns 41 years old in March.
He’s a future Hall of Famer and might well be the third best defenseman in Bruins history. Considering Boston’s a team that has had Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, and the guy who finished second to Orr for several Norris Trophies, that’s quite the accomplishment. If that isn’t enough to make you love him, Chara posts Instagram videos of himself feeding pigeons. Do you want to argue that gentle giant isn’t the GOAT? Good luck.
Patrice Bergeron is the GOAT if you’re talking two-way centers. He’s won four Selke Trophies, tying him with Montreal Canadiens legend Bob Gainey for the most all-time. In this writer’s most humble opinion, Bergeron should have more.
However, Gainey was a defensive specialist. He averaged 0.43 points per game. Meanwhile, Bergeron is averaging 0.76 points per game over his career (as of Feb. 5). He’s getting no Hart Trophy love, for whatever reason. Bergeron is the Brady of the Bruins. He does everything well. But unlike Brady, Bergeron doesn’t get the MVP love he fully deserves.
Patriots fans, take some time to mourn your loss. And then turn your attention to the Bruins, who could be on the verge of something very special.