With Thanksgiving a couple of weeks away, it seemed appropriate that the Bruins had been playing like turkeys for the majority of the new NHL season, but things have turned around quite quickly. The Bruins have done their best impression of the new exhibit at the Museum of Science, “A Day in Pompeii,” as their goal-scorers absolutely erupted. In the last four games the Bruins have netted 24 goals, while only surrendering 8. To put into perspective how much they have been scoring, the Bruins put up more points in each of their past 4 games (5, 7, 6, and 6) than the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs put up this past Sunday (3).
Leading the rush in goal scoring has been 19-year-old phenom Tyler Seguin. While most 19-year-olds are busy cramming for midterms or playing video games, this kid is skating with the best of the best in the world of hockey. He leads the Bruins in goals (9) points (17) and plus/minus (+11) in only 14 games. He is 3 goals and 6 points behind the NHL leader Phil Kessel (whom the Bruins traded to Toronto in 2009 for their first round draft pick which was used to draft Seguin) and he is tied with Loui Eriksson and Sheldon Souray of Dallas for the lead league in plus/minus. Seguin also scored his first NHL hat trick against Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 5th. If you aren’t on the edge of your seat in anticipation every time Seguin touches the puck, you might want to check your pulse. Boston hasn’t been this excited about a player since Joe Thornton and we all know how that turned out (Marco Sturm and Brad Stuart still play in the league but thankfully Wayne Primeau isn’t so Boston fans should be safe)
Milan Lucic looks to have finally awoken from his summer hibernation. In the last four games Lucic has lit the lamp 5 times and added 2 helpers. People have been calling Lucic the poor man’s Neely. Lucic did have his best season last year, scoring 30 goals and assisting on 32 others but Neely once scored 50 goals in 49 games. It’s still too early in Lucic’s career to be comparing him to the Great Number 8. While no one will ever duplicate the intensity and pure power of Neely, if Lucic continues to score and hit maybe he does warrant some comparisons, but only if he shows up in the playoffs.
Joining Lucic in the “Great Awakening” is David Krecji, who was virtually invisible during the beginning of the season. In the last three games he has 2 goals (one an empty netter) and 5 assists. If Krecji can continue to contribute offensively and if Patrice Bergeron (who had a seven game point streak snapped against Edmonton), Brad Marchand (2 goals against Edmonton), and Nathan Horton (2 goals and 3 assists in the last two games) can keep this offensive explosion going, it won’t be too long until the Bruins are back on top. Look out, NHL, someone poked the bear!