The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have one of the most contentious rivalries in the NHL; meeting in the playoffs 33 times. The rivalry grew even more intense this season, when Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara(notes) injured Montreal's Max Pacioretty(notes) on a controversial hit near center ice that led to an ugly fallout.
So the Bruins' 4-3 overtime Game 7 win on Wednesday night was cathartic for the Boston faithful … including the always candid Jack Edwards, play-by-play man for NESN. Here's Jack with a bizarre epilogue about a revolution against hockey royalty and how it related to the Boston Tea Party:
(Insert slow, building applause here.)
For the video deprived, a snippet of Jack Edwards's kings speech:
"Yet those 'royals' sit there on their shiny thrones and primp in their hand mirrors and try to dictate morality according to them. About how you can dive or how you should play or how shouldn't run a player into the center glass. And the rest of us -- those poor, filthy masses -- are just supposed to take it.
"Well, a couple of hundred years ago, a bunch of rowdy radicals charged out of some Boston bars, went down to the dock and dumped the king's tea into the salty sea. And in doing that, it struck a chord, that rings true even today: That when confronted with imperious conceit, fighting the good fight is not only the right thing to do — it can be a heck of a lot of a fun.
"And who has more fun than us?"
Apparently, no one. This isn't the first time Jack Edwards has dipped into the American Revolution to punctuate a Bruins' victory against Montreal. Remember this from 2009, on Patriot's Day?
Hockey: It's just like AP History, only with occasional punching!
Stick-tap Barstool Sports and reader Nathan Roy.