Let’s end this tough hockey-less week on a positive note: the Bruins are awesome.
Before the NHL closed up shop temporarily, several Bruins were having great seasons.
First of all, there was David Pastrnak, on pace for 50+ goals this season and currently tied with Alexander Ovechkin with the most goals with 48. Pasta became a legit Hart Memorial Trophy candidate this season leading in goals and in third place for overall points with 95.
Then there was Tuukka. Currently, he leads in goals allowed average with 2.12, is second behind old pal Anton Khudobin with a save percentage of .929, and is just behind Connor Hellebuyck in shutouts with 5 on the season. Jaroslav Halak is not much worse with a GAA of 2.39, a save percentage of .919, and 3 shutouts.
As for a defensive corps, we have many talented blueliners including My Boyest of Boys, Brandon Carlo, who has surpassed his highest seasonal total in points with 19 while developing into one of the top shutdown defensemen in the game. Last postseason, Connor Clifton shined as he proved himself in the playoffs. With his absence this season due to injury, Jeremy Lauzon took his spot, took his shot, and has proven that that time he spent in Providence was worth it. Lauzon even outplayed John Moore when he returned. The top line anchored by Zdeno Chara has eaten top, tough minutes regularly. Even at 43, Chara is showing that he can still compete with the league’s best, especially when they mess with his liney, Charlie McAvoy. Speaking of Cheeks, it took him a long time, but he was starting to get the goal scoring touch after having the consistent top TOI for all D men.
I love what Amalie Benjamin wrote about top defensive forward:
This goes to Patrice Bergeron, forever and always.
Absolutely. He may not lead in faceoff percentage, but face it, he’ ll always be number one in your heart.
There are many other reasons to be proud of our Bruins so far this season. Feel free to share yours.
Last but not least, some words from Bruce Cassidy to make sure we all stay healthy and safe and connected.
Coach Cassidy checks in with an important message.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 19, 2020