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Posted by Lori Schmidt May 17, 2013
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Did you catch Boston’s playoff hat trick?

No, I’m not talking about David Krecji’s 3 goals against Toronto in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

I’m talking about the 3 Massachusetts writers, who this morning took aim at Bruins fans, making collateral damage of Blue Jackets supporters in the process.

Describing the atmosphere at TD Garden with the Rangers in town for the start of the second round of the postseason, Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette
wrote: “The play was so docile and the crowd — lots of empty seats among the listed sellout of 17,565 — so tranquil you would have thought the Columbus Blue Jackets were in town for a Saturday matinee.”

The Boston Globe’s Eric Wilbur compared it to “your average February tilt against the Blue Jackets.”

Meanwhile, The Eagle-Tribune’s Bill Burt didn’t even think it was worthy of being a February showdown.

“About 17,700 of us attended a good old-fashioned Boston-New York, Original Six, no-holds-barred, shoe-smacking, blood bath here last night.

And a January game against Columbus Blue Jackets broke out.”

It is pretty remarkable that 3 reporters would use a nearly cut-and-pasted punchline the same day.

Of course, we know the one-liner wasn’t actually cut-and-pasted. After all, reporters appreciate (or should) that if you’re going to call out the fans for lack of effort, you first have to put a little work into your writing.