After last month's trading deadline passed, NBC Sports hockey analyst Mike Milbury made his weekly appearance on CSNNE's "Cross Check" with Michael Felger to discuss the state of the Bruins.
Milbury, as well as many fans (me included), felt that the Bruins did not do enough to help themselves down the road for the playoff grind.
The B's added Andrej Meszaros via trade and Corey Potter via the waiver wire. Both were labeled as depth defensemen. Both were not exactly the type of player fans were hoping to see brought in to beef up the defensive core.
But it goes to show what we all know. Since the deadline passed back on March 5, the Bruins were already two games into their winning streak that would reach a dozen games. The Black and Gold still have a point-streak intact, as they have not lost a game in regulation since a 4-2 loss at the Garden to the Capitals way back on March 1st.
After the B's beat the defending champ Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Thursday, Milbury recalculated his view on this Bruins team. After being asked by Felger what we all learned about the win, Milbury candidly answered:
"We learned that I'm a idiot...A month, six weeks ago, we talked about are they contenders or pretenders? On paper, they shouldn't be. They are. Their defense has come around. Whether it's coaching or whether it's talent. But one of the things I like about this organization is they look for guys who are intelligent. They're coachable. They've put together not only a first and second line, but also a third line and their defense has come around with a goaltender [Tuukka Rask] who's among the best in the league...Mea culpa."
Milbury went on to add that based on the Bruins incredible run through the month of March, coupled with the fact the defensive unit has not faltered one bit, the Bruins are now clearly the Eastern Conference favorite and "as good as anybody to go and win the Cup."
Who can blame Milbury for changing his mind? The Bruins have turned just about every head in the hockey world and demanded that people start giving them the respect they deserve.
The road to the playoffs continues tomorrow when the B's take on the Capitals in Washington with a 12:30 puckdrop.
[quotes via CSNNE.com]