Are Boston Bruins serious Stanley Cup contenders?

Are Boston Bruins serious Stanley Cup contenders?

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Caption: It was 2011 when the Boston Bruins last won the Stanley Cup

The Boston Bruins have only missed the playoffs twice since 2008. They are always in the mix, and though they often have a
lot to give, they haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 2011. But this year could be different. And though the Bruin’s season has
had its ups and downs, you can be sure, but long spells of point streaks and impressive victories over the best teams in the
NHL make them serious contenders for a playoff victory dance.
Impressive Results in Late Season
A rough start early in the season left it looking like the Bruins wouldn’t even make it to the playoffs this year. It all started
with an initial defeat by the Washington Capitals, and it pretty much all went downhill from there.
Constant injuries haven’t helped matters. Nearly every player on the team, bar David Krejčí who has played every game, has
been sidelined with an injury at some point. Still, the early season upsets were not the end for the Bruins, who mounted a
comeback that has now led them close to the top of the table in the Atlantic Division.
The Bruins didn’t lose a game between January 19th and March 10th, a point streak that lasted for a total of 19 games. During
this time, the Bruins wrecked the Tampa Bay Lightning, one of the current favorites to win the Stanley Cup, by 4–1. The
streak eventually came to an end against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but since then, the Bruins have gone on to slam the New
York Islanders by 5–0, among other victories.
This season, they have beaten rivals Toronto Maple Leafs by three games to one over the course of the season and have finally
ended their long and bitter losing streak against the Capitals. These results have shot them up to second place in the league,
chasing the Tampa Bay Lightning right to the end.
Determined Roster of Talent


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Caption: The Bruins have a talented roster of players.


The Bruins have proven that they can beat the best teams in their division. They look strong, and right now, their roster shines
with talent, both elite and upcoming.
There are currently four players who have more than 20 goals this season. They are David Pastrňák and Brad Marchand, who
both have over 30 goals, as well as Patrice Bergeron with 28 and Jake DeBrusk with 23. Center David Krejčí currently has 19
goals.
The Bruins have always drafted effectively. They picked up Bergeron in 2003 and Krejci in 2004, and then in 2006, went wild
and bought Marchand, Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic. That was the year that they topped the league in points, and it was no
coincidence.
Since then, the drafting has calmed down, but the Bruins also have an excellent eye for homegrown talent and are always
bringing youngsters up through the ranks. The likes of DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy have contributed significantly to the
squad this year, and four out of the top six goal scorers are under 23.
Both the elite players and newcomers proved their worth in the current Bruins squad, which could be a team capable of
winning the playoffs, especially when they brought out the A-team to play.
Who to watch?
The Bruins sit at number two in the Super 16 rankings right now. They have 189 points and a record of 44–20–9, and are right
behind the Lightning, both in the Super 16 and in the Atlantic League. It goes without saying then, that the Lightning will be
one of the ones to watch, and unfortunately, for the Bruins, they will have to play each other before the third round, along with
rivals the Maple Leafs.
Another team to watch, the Vegas Golden Knights have recently surged up the rankings following a winning streak of nine of
their last 10 games. They go from number 11 to number seven and have had an incredible season. The Penguins and Capitals
are others who might take the Stanley Cup, and both have given the Bruins difficulty in the past.
Nobody can say for sure who will win the Stanley Cup. It’s a competition that can have its upsets easily. Though it’s safe to
say the Bruins will have a tough field to get through early on, and every team will be fighting to make the most of the playoffs.
Still, this year is one of the strongest we’ve seen the Bruins in a while, and should they find the form they had in February,
they have every chance of being unstoppable.

The Bruins have proven that they can beat the best teams in their division. They look strong, and right now, their roster shines
with talent, both elite and upcoming.
There are currently four players who have more than 20 goals this season. They are David Pastrňák and Brad Marchand, who
both have over 30 goals, as well as Patrice Bergeron with 28 and Jake DeBrusk with 23. Center David Krejčí currently has 19
goals.
The Bruins have always drafted effectively. They picked up Bergeron in 2003 and Krejci in 2004, and then in 2006, went wild
and bought Marchand, Phil Kessel and Milan Lucic. That was the year that they topped the league in points, and it was no
coincidence.
Since then, the drafting has calmed down, but the Bruins also have an excellent eye for homegrown talent and are always
bringing youngsters up through the ranks. The likes of DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy have contributed significantly to the
squad this year, and four out of the top six goal scorers are under 23.
Both the elite players and newcomers proved their worth in the current Bruins squad, which could be a team capable of
winning the playoffs, especially when they brought out the A-team to play.
Who to watch?
The Bruins sit at number two in the Super 16 rankings right now. They have 189 points and a record of 44–20–9, and are right
behind the Lightning, both in the Super 16 and in the Atlantic League. It goes without saying then, that the Lightning will be
one of the ones to watch, and unfortunately, for the Bruins, they will have to play each other before the third round, along with
rivals the Maple Leafs.
Another team to watch, the Vegas Golden Knights have recently surged up the rankings following a winning streak of nine of
their last 10 games. They go from number 11 to number seven and have had an incredible season. The Penguins and Capitals
are others who might take the Stanley Cup, and both have given the Bruins difficulty in the past.

Nobody can say for sure who will win the Stanley Cup. It’s a competition that can have its upsets easily. Though it’s safe to
say the Bruins will have a tough field to get through early on, and every team will be fighting to make the most of the playoffs.
Still, this year is one of the strongest we’ve seen the Bruins in a while, and should they find the form they had in February,
they have every chance of being unstoppable.

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