The Bruins have finally begun to click as a team again. With three straight wins and 18 total goals scored between the contests, it looks as though the team may have finally found a way to get past that wretched “Stanley Cup Hangover” that has been lingering in the locker room since the banner was raised into the rafters on opening night.
Fans have been quick to judge the team and complain that they looked like the Bruins of years past: sloppy, slow and generally unenthusiastic. But it’s important to remember that the Cup-winning team had the same approach at the start of last season as well, before they found their stride and ultimately emerged victorious.
Thankfully, the Bruins have hit their stride a bit sooner this year, with the team finally showing confidence in the kind of play that proved successful to them in the past. Key players who started slowly – like Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic – are finally putting some numbers up on the scoreboard, while Patrice Bergeron is running on a seven-game point streak. Tyler Seguin is on a four-game point-scoring streak of his own, including a hat trick in Saturday night’s 7-0 shellacking of the Maple Leafs.
But no single player holds the key to a team’s success and that’s been proven with all the lines creating scoring opportunities and potting goals in bunches.
“Our guys are doing a good job lately of being strong on the puck in the offensive zone, not throwing it blindly, and hanging on to it and taking time to make a strong play” said head coach Claude Julien. “I think that’s given us some opportunities. That’s given us some more time in the offensive zone as well. It’s just about being a little stronger and smarter with the puck in the offensive zone, and we’re not turning it over as quickly as we had been at the beginning of the year.”
In hockey, the goals scored are more often than not kept at a minimum, but the Bruins have tallied five, six, and seven goals in their past three games… could they possibly score eight on the Oilers on Thursday night?