As far as a five game stretches of hockey go, the Boston Bruins have met, if not surpassed, my expectations. To near perfection, the boys in black and gold have rode Claude Julien’s system to a 5-0-1 record, all the while garnering a reputation as a team that will wear their opponents down with a defense-first approach until cracks begin to appear. This team plays a heavy, grinding style of hockey and the past five games have been a testament to not only Claude’s talent as a head coach but also the core of this teams faith in his scheme.
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The Bruins defensive lines, Chara-Boychuck, Seidenberg-Hamilton, and Ference-McQuaid (I will not include Johnson in this because I stand by my word in saying this guy is a liability) have been astoundingly solid. Boston’s penalty kill is the best in the league, 3 out of 4 lines are producing, and Tuukka is certainly demonstrating that he deserves to be number one. There is just not much to complain about. I do hate the fact that Julien and Chiarelli have given Aaron Johnson a spot on the team. Chris Bourque has not really lived up to expectations and Seguin has not been capitalizing on his chances. All and all, this team, at its core, this team is really impressive thus far.
We can only hope it continues through February.