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The Final Stretch
Posted By Michael Thibault On Mar 18 2012 @ 6:05 pm In Boston Bruins | No Comments
The Bruins enjoy a day off today in preparation for the final three weeks of the season. The B’s will host the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow at the TD Garden as they head for the final stretch of the season. With 11 games remaining, the Bruins find themselves 10 points behind Eastern Conference leader New York Rangers. While the Bruins aren’t quite out of the race for the top spot, the Penguins have been closing the gap over the past month and are just two points behind the Rangers now as their eleven game win streak was snapped today by the Philadelphia Flyers. It is almost certain the Bruins will find themselves as the two seed in the East, which is very respectable especially seeing the struggles of the past month. These next three weeks will give us fans a hint at whether the Bruins have another Stanley Cup run in them or if they are looking at an early exit.
The Bruins finally got a much needed win yesterday on St. Patty’s Day against the Flyers in a shootout. Seeing as the Bruins looked like the spent more time at the pool than the rink in blowout losses to the Lightning and Panthers in Florida over the last week, many were suprised to see them put together a complete game. This Bruins team is the most unique team I have seen in a while. When they click, they are unbeatable, scoring at will and giving up nothing in their defensive zone. When they are off, they might as well not even have showed up. They struggle to keep up with other teams speed and forget that they should be the most physical team in the league. This all lands on the play of Lucic and Krejci. Lucic creates turnovers and odd-man opportunities with his aggressiveness and phsyicallity, but at times he looks like he has cement in his skates. Krejci can look like the top point scorer in the league at times, creating opportunities with unbelievable passes and dangles or picking the corners on any goalie.
It will be very important for the Bruins to start the week strong and take care of business against the Leaf’s tomorrow night. They have a West Coast road trip ahead of them visiting San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim. Look for strong play from Bergeron, Chara and Lucic in the upcoming weeks. If this team wants a chance at raising the Stanley Cup again this June, the veterans need to make their presence known so the rest of the team can feed off of their energy. I look for a big win tomorrow against the Leafs, with Thomas getting a shutout. My prediction, Bruins 6 Maple Leafs 0.
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