Pieces starting to come together
After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead and dominating play in much of the first period last night, it appeared the Boston Bruins were well on their way to their fifth straight win and a record twelfth straight in Ottawa. But some ugly breakdowns and diminishing energy reserves eventually caught up to the black and gold, as the Senators scored four unanswered goals (three in the third period) to flip the tables and hand the B’s a 4-2 loss. Despite the stumble on the road, the Bruins have rocketed up to second place in the Eastern Conference and should be primed to do more damage as the season rolls on.
While there is undoubtedly still plenty of work to be done, the Boston Bruins finally took some steps in the right direction with a solid 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers tonight at TD Garden. The B’s got contributions from three of the four forward lines on the scoresheet, while Tuukka Rask earned his eighth win of the season by stopping 23 Panther shots on the night.
Coach and Front Office Wasting No Time Lineup Adjustments
Like most coaches in the NHL do, Claude Julien has taken a beating during his time in Boston from Bruins fans who think they know better than the veteran headmaster (and I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of it too). Everything from his systems, his ability to motivate, to how he handles young players has been called into question especially in recent seasons, which is a little strange given the Bruins’ success. Perhaps one of the biggest pain points for fans has been how the team has handled underperforming players, as during prior seasons the coach and front office has generally continued to trust said players while they worked through whatever issue they may be facing. But as the Black and Gold roll past the ten game mark of the 2013-14 season with a relatively average record, one thing is becoming abundantly clear: those days are quickly drawing to a close.
With the 2013-14 season just a couple months away, we’d like to roll out a new section dedicated to fantasy hockey. And what better place to start than by reflecting on last season and looking ahead at who might be the best fantasy choices from the Black and Gold for the coming year. We’ll get started with a look at the Bruin forwards who’ll be worth your while.
Before 2013-14 training camps kick off in September, a number of current and soon-to-be NHLers will be heading to orientation camps for their respective countries for the chance to participate in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Hockey Tournament. Reps for most qualifying teams announced their invitees today and the Bruins were relatively well represented, in Canada at least.