What a difference a year and a new coach makes. The past few seasons the Bruins have struggled against the Montreal Canadiens, losing more contests than they won. This season is completely different.
Last week was what we dubbed Habs Week on Bearly on Topic and we had all mused about what would qualify as a successful season against the Habs. By winning all three contests last week, the B’s definitively won the season series and may have just put the final nail in the Habs playoffs hopes. This couldn’t happen to a better team.
We’re not even a full year into the Cassidy tenure and the Bruins look like a completely different team. It seems like the youth movement is paying off pretty well even after the early struggles of a team marred by lingering injuries to key players. The top line of Marchand – Bergeron – and Pastrnak is producing beyond what we could hope for. Tuukka is keeping his head in the game even after letting in early goals; the Bruins came back in each of last weeks contests, most notably in the ones against the Habs.
Today, the Bruins are within 3 points of the Tampa Bay Lightning with a game in hand. Not only are the Bolts missing Victor Hedman to injury for the next 2-5 weeks, they’ll be without the services of winger Ondrej Palat indefinitely after suffering a lower body injury after being speared by Jared Spurgeon. On top of that, the Lightning are on a three-game losing streak. They’re vulnerable and the Bruins are in striking distance.
This team is the best story in Boston sports right now – even Michael Felger admitted that on Friday on the Sports Hub. (For the record, Tony Massarotti provided the caveat- best not biggest, which obviously belongs to the Patriots.) Aren’t you glad that you’ve stuck with them this whole time?