OK, it’s one thing to own the Bruins.
But to bend them over a log out in the woods where no one can hear them scream?
Not pretty … especially once the inevitable thuggery started.
And Steve Bégin, who was brilliant in his first game back, sustained ann upper-body injury when hit from behind by Shane Hnidy late in the game.
Tom Kostopoulos, who tried to avenge his linemmate, was named the game’s first star – a popular choice with the fans, if a bit of head-scratcher in the pressbox. He did have the Gordie Howe hat trick: a goal, an assist and a fight.
"They were out there trying to start stuff, Tom the Bomb said. "Obviously, they’re down. They want to show that they’re into the game."
But the Bruins were out of the game.
"You never want to see it get out of control," Mike Komisarek said. "But it’s good to see we’re sticking up for each other.
"It seems we were just carrying the momentum. Everyone was contributing."
No fewer than 13 players figured in the scoring. And everyone figured in the passing, which was absurdly effficient and made the Bruins look pathetically slow and out of it.
"We played well defensively," Komisarek added. "The opportunities came offensively and we buried our chances. We had chances against Pittsburgh and they weren’t going in for us. It was nice to see us rewarded for their hard work with a couple goals."
What did Guy Carbonneau say during the timeout he called early in the third period?
""We were running around, getting a little sloppy and we still had some work to do," Komisarek said. "We just had to calm down a bit, settleourselves down, settle the puck down and make good play.
"I thought it was a great timeout, just to regroup."