I penned a goodbye to Claude Julien a couple weeks ago out of spite and anger. Truthfully I am still a bit confused to why the Bruins sent Claude to the unemployment line (aka Montreal) on the day the Patriots celebrated. But now with Bruce Cassidy at the helm, the Bruins are seemingly unstoppable. So I say out with the old and in with the Bruce.
Cassidy’s Bruins are 7-1 since he was granted the interim tag on February 7th. The lone loss came in a poorly officiated game out in Anaheim; let me say the Bruins were hosed in that one. But beside that lone blemish, they look like the belle of the ball. Last night, they dominated the Arizona Coyotes and continued their rise in the Eastern Conference.
So now we heard to March, a month with a lot of inside the division games, meaning those games will be must win. They also have a trip to Western Canada to take on the 3 out there (the Oiler, Flames and Canucks). With 14 games this month, if I am Cassidy I am preaching the riding momentum, that’s an absolute must. Continuing pressurized attacks and hard hits like they had last night and in previous contests.
Over this next month, I think we could see Cassidy continue to give the young guys some more playing time. I mean look at Ryan Spooner, he has blossomed since the coaching change. Spooner seems to be reaching his full potential on a line with wingers Frank Vatrano and Jimmy Hayes. This line is clicking as one and has become a new feature of the offensive game-plan. Yes you are reading that right and yes Jimmy Hayes is playing okay offensively.
Also over the next month, the Bruins have 2 meetings with a team directly above them, that being the Ottawa Senators. Winning both of these games will be absolutely essential, especially if you may be seeing them in the first round of the postseason. They will also need to lay the hammer down on Toronto. The Leafs are dangerous, and if you can crush their spirit with a late season win in their building it could be huge.
March is a huge month. A colossal one at that and one that the Bruins let get away from them in the past few seasons. If they get the job done in the month of March, then we will be seeing hockey in April. If they don’t, well their tee times will be set for TPC Boston. It’s time for the Sundance Kid and the Bruins to put up or shut up. But right now, it looks like they may never lose again.