Eastern Conference #*,Team, GP, Pts 1.* Buffalo 36, 55 2.* Atlanta 39, 52 3.* New Jersey 36, 43 4. Montreal 36, 49 5. Carolina 38, 44 6. NY Islanders 36, 41 7. NY Rangers 38, 40 8. Boston 34, 39 9. Washington 37, 39 10. Ottawa 38, 39 11. Toronto 38, 39 12. Pittsburgh 36, 36 13. Tampa Bay 37, 36 14. Florida 40, 35 15. Philadelphia 36, 20 * = Division Leader
With all of the growing pains that Our Boys went through in the beginning of the season -- the trade rumors, the sniping about the goaltending, the discontent and, let’s face it, the disappointment -- the Bruins have made it all the way back to playoff position.
Sure, that’s the rosy side of things.
Here is the "we can work on that" side. We’re speaking about third periods, of course. Not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination (see the Globe, Herald), to be sure, but an important one nonetheless.
If the Bruins had not fallen to St. Louis on Oct. 12 (3-2 in SO, two late goals in the 3rd), Montreal on Oct. 26th (3-2, MTL goal with 2-seconds remaining), Buffalo on Nov. 2 (5-4 in SO, three late goals to tie), and Columbus on Boxing Day (5-4 in OT, goal with 23-seonds left in third to tie), they would be knotted with Carolina at 44 points, just 3 behind Montreal (who would reside in fourth place in the East) with 47 points.
You can take that two ways: a.)The Bruins wasted away 5 points and are lucky to be eighth. b.)Boston is a pretty good hockey team that is five plus goals away from home ice and has not lived up to its potential.
Obviously, I work for the B’s so I chose the latter.
I am confident that we have not seen the Bruins best hockey yet, so feel free to jump on the bandwagon.
If the Bruins can have a reasonably successful remainder of the trip (and remember they got a point, albeit an ugly one on Monday), they come back to face Toronto and Philadelphia at home. Toronto is 4-6-0 in their last 10 games. The Flyers are having a heck of a time and are 0-9-1 in their last ten.
Boston at 34 games played, has played fewer games (far fewer in many cases) than anyone in the Eastern Conference.
The B’s could really make a run for it in January. Make sure you are there to enjoy the ride!
Finally, the truth behind Boxing Day... Nick from Montreal writes: Hey Bish! Whatever Boxing Day was originally, now it’s just the day stores put everything on sale (probably to get rid of stuff not sold during Christmas).
The best comparison is to Americans’ "Black Friday."
Ask your average Canadian what the ’holiday’ means and odds are you’ll hear ’something about... uh... boxes, because all the stores have huge sales and great deals so, uh, you see lots of boxes all over the place. Right?’
Tom (very smartly) hit the online wikipedia and finally satisfied my curiosity:
There are disparate theories as to the origins of the term. The more common stories include:
It was the day when people would give a present or Christmas ’box’ to those who have worked for them throughout the year. This is still done in Britain for postmen and paperboys - though now the ’box’ is usually given before Christmas, not after.
In feudal times, Christmas was a reason for a gathering of extended families. All the serfs would gather their families in the manor of their lord, which made it easier for the lord of the estate to hand out annual stipends to the serfs. After all the Christmas parties on 26 December, the lord of the estate would give practical goods such as cloth, grains, and tools to the serfs who lived on his land.
Each family would get a box full of such goods the day after Christmas. Under this explanation, there was nothing voluntary about this transaction; the lord of the manor was obliged to supply these goods. Because of the boxes being given out, the day was called Boxing Day.
In England many years ago, it was common practice for the servants to carry boxes to their employers when they arrived for their day’s work on the day after Christmas. Their employers would then put coins in the boxes as special end-of-year gifts.
This can be compared with the modern day concept of Christmas bonuses. The servant carried boxes for the coins, hence the name Boxing Day!
In churches, it was traditional to open the church’s donation box on Christmas Day, and the money in the donation box was to be distributed to the poorer or lower class citizens on the next day.
In this case, the "box" in "Boxing Day" comes from that lockbox in which the donations were left.
In Canada, Boxing Day is observed as a holiday, except (in some cases) for those in the retail business. Boxing Day and the days immediately following are when many retail stores sell their Christmas and retired model products by holding clearance sales.
Ok, so basically we were all right! How nice!
Nice job, and "Good Day" to all of my friends in Canada!
Oh, and here is my favorite explanation, and being a big brother, I can relate.
Joe writes: All I know about Boxing Day is that it is the day after Christmas when my brother would point at the calendar, yell, ’Boxing Day’ and beat the stuffing out of me.