The struggling Boston Bruins finally have gotten themselves over .500 on the year (7-6-0) after an OT win in Buffalo Thursday night and then coming back home to Boston and taking care of the Senators 4-2 in convincing fashion.
This brings up the question we’re all asking, are they back? After a very shaky first dozen games or so it seems like they are just about to get back on track.
Losing our best defensive defensemen and best offensive deffensemen, with Chara out for 6-8 weeks and Torey Krug out for 2-3 with the grossest finger injury I’ve ever seen, I won’t lie I was about to give up on the season. That’s what us Bostonians do though. If you show any sign of not being able to win a championship ever throughout the season, panic. If we’re not the best, we suck.
Oh and then Krejci was scratched tonight too. I tuned in tonight right around the beginning of the 2nd period and immediately was pleasantly surpised. I saw a beat up hockey team playing well but more importantly playing hard.
Best example; Matt Fraser (who filled in for Krejci). 24 year-old kid that no one had ever heard of until May of last year when he scored the biggest goal of his life in overtime against Montreal this past playoffs. Now he’s battling to get a full time spot on the team. Fraser notched two goals tonight, his first two of the season. Maybe a far fetched opinon but he could be one of the guys that helps fill the void of Iginlas 30 goals.
Another plus from Tonights game, Tuukka didn’t play…bad? Didn’t play awesome but he got the job done and that is a step in the right direction.
Some have been starting to question the franchise net-minder. I think with what he showed in the 2013 post season and last year’s regular season shows that theres no need to warm up the sub-par back up in Niklas Svedberg. Rask is our present and future. He is the most sound goalie in the whole league and is more than able to steal a game.
I expect a lot out of Tuuk and that means he will get better as the season goes on and will be ready to take this team for a deep cup run.
Last thing, I’ve been hearing a lot of mumble about how the Bruins just don’t have it this year. You’d think if that was the case then the crowd wouldn’t be as live as it usually is. Tonight when the game was tied at one goal a piece the Garden was alive and well. That’s what Boston does best; gives a playoff atmosphere even in early November. Everytime the Bruins got a good scoring chance, everyone was up and on their feet.
These fans (me included) haven’t given up on this team yet. Well at least for now.