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by Paul on 01/19/10 at 11:21 AM ET
from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,
If you blame the Bruins’ truly awful effort on their just-completed West Coast swing, you run the risk of being branded an enabler, and having hardliners scream at you about how every team has West Coast trips and how you have to suck it up, never quit, play to win the game and a bunch of other coaching cliches that sound like they were lifted from one of those beer commercials. Yet if you go the other way and shout that the schedule is no excuse, you then run the risk of being out of touch with the hard realities of modern-day sports travel, especially if you fail to take into account how banged-up the Bruins have been of late.
The facts: After playing three games out west, capturing three out of a possible six points (not too bad considering how banged up they are), the Bruins arrived home in Boston about 2 a.m. Sunday morning. B’s coach Claude Julien had the boys come in for some bike work Sunday afternoon as a tuneup for the annual Martin Luther King Day matinee. As for injuries, Patrice Bergeron (thumb) finally returned to the lineup, but Marco Sturm, Steve Begin and Byron Bitz were scratches yesterday.
Oh, and one other fact: The Bruins were blown out of the building by the Senators.
This is one in which each Bruins fan who watched the game must make his or her own call on whether it’s appropriate to pull the West Coast travel lever and give the Bruins a pass.
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