This was a huge debate up in Maine this weekend: would the 2011 Bruins beat the 2010 Gold Medal champs. Big Cat and I say Team Canada wins running away, Pres and Handsome Hank (who later backed down and admitted he was clueless about hockey and just agreeing with the boss) say they’ll take the Bruins. Now, the important thing to remember is the question isn’t could the Bruins win, it’s would they. This is hockey, anything is possible, but if the Bruins beat Team Canada it would be a Miracle situation. That’s my point. Pres says the Bruins would be the favorites, that the smart money would bet on the Bruins.
Now, here are your line combos to make the choice even more obvious
Bruins (this is going off memory, I can’t find exact lines but I think this was it):
That is BANANAS to think that the Bruins beat Team Canada. Pres is saying that a team with Bergeron as a 4th liner loses to a team with him as a 1st. He’s saying he’ll take the fucking Merlot line vs. Bergeron, Toews (who won a Conn Smythe 4 months later) and Iginla. My mind can’t comprehend how crazy that is. I love Shawn Thornton, but he’ll be the first to tell you that he’s giving up a goal per shift against that line.
Pres’ main point was that he’ll take a team that has played together over a group of all stars. Pointing to teams like the 2004 USA Basketball team. Not a fair comparison, basketball and hockey are completely different and the 2004 roster was absolute garbage full of me first guys that didn’t fit together. USA Basketball overhauled their entire process specifically because of that team. It’s also not like Team Canada is playing together for the first time. A lot of these guys have played together in the NHL or growing up. Look at the 2010 second line, all guys that played on the Sharks together, a team that led the West in points that season. Or even this year, Toews, Sharp and Keith will probably be on the same line, giving you 3/5ths of a line that has played together for 5 years. Saying that those guys would have no chemistry is just silly.
Editors Note – You didn’t really think I’d let Feitleberg just twist this argument all up into a bizililon tiny pieces did you? First of all this argument really had nothing to do specifically with the 2011 Bruins vs. 2010 Team Canada. My point was this. If you took any NHL Stanley Cup team that just won the Cup and had them play 1 extra game the next day against Team Canada who hadn’t skated together in 5 years that I’d take the NHL team in that 1 game. You got to assume the NHL team has a red hot goalie and guys clicking on all cylinders. They are peaking at the exact right moment. I mean do you remember how good the Bruins were at the end of 2011? Tim Thomas was impenetrable and Chara and Seidenberg were lights out on defense. I don’t care who the other team had they were going to struggle to score goals. Combine that with my belief that it would take a few periods for the rust to wear off Team Canada and that’s why I’d pick the NHL team. Feitlebergs entire argument is based on Sean Thornton being on the ice. Bro I’m short shifting the fuck out of this game. 1 game. 3 lines. My best guys on the ice. No brainer.
Vote 1 for Bruins, 10 for Canada