Something has been different about the Garden the last week. Sure, there has been the fluctuation in energy from Wednesday nights’ thumping of the Canadiens and Friday’s no-show effort against the Red Wings, but that’s already been touched on.
The big difference can be seen before the puck is dropped, though come to think of it, it can’t be seen at all. People can hear the difference, and they’re asking questions.
What happened to “Whiskey In The Jar?”
Yes, the Bruins, who have skated out to Metallica’s cover of Thin Lizzy’s cover of the Dubliner’s interpretation of the Irish folk classic, no longer do so. The last two games, rather than Tim Thomas  or Tuukka Rask  leading the team out to the crunch of Metallica’s power chords, the B’s have skated out to Wiz Khalifa’s hip hop hit, “Black and Yellow.”
Why the change? Bruins director of communications Matt Chmura wanted nothing to do with any reaction from Boston rock fans, calling the new playlist “a Johnny Boychuk  production.”
“We just needed a little different music, so it was nice,” Boychuk said recently of the change. “I don’t know, if you hear the same songs all the time, it’s like listening to the radio.”
Boychuk has picked both playlists for this season. The Metallica-led list the team had skated to featured all rock, while the new playlist kicks off with “Black and Yellow” and sprinkles in Snoop Dogg‘s “Who Am I (What’s My Name)” with choices from Dropkick Murphys, Against Me! and Rise Against. It’s no easy task for Boychuk given the Bruins’ various tastes in music, so he can’t please everybody.
“Some guys like hip-hop. Not too many guys like hip-hop, but there are some guys that like it,” Boychuk said. “Some guys like rock, and some guys like dance.”
It’s no wonder that the Bruins have trusted Boychuk with their musical fate. A guitar player himself, Boychuk just recently purchased a new acoustic guitar. Coincidentally or not, the Edmonton native’s newest axe is made by Seagull, a brand of guitars crafted in Canada.
“I didn’t want to go crazy expensive on it because I’m only going to play it briefly,” he said. “I’m not starting no rock band.”
But if he did?
“Tuukka’s got the drums, [Mark Stuart ‘s] a singer, so we just need a bass,” he said with a laugh.
Rask, whose favorite band is Metallica, has played the drums for about 10 years, and he has an electric kit that he plays.
With practice, the band, which Boychuk said would appropriately be called “The Big Bad Bruins” could play their own warmup music. Stuart, the fictional band’s front-man, doesn’t quite know whether they’d have the chops, and certainly doesn’t think they should quit their day jobs.
“Maybe in my next career.”