For the Boston Bruins, the months of December and January were not fantastic. In December, they had a record of 6-4-5 while in January their record was 6-3-2. Things changed after the All-Star Break and the Bruins’ bye-week. The team came back rested and healthy, making them look like a team that could easily make a deep playoff run. Now, in February, they’ve had a record of 8-1-0. This includes two overtime wins which have been hard to come by for the Bruins this season.
This month has kept them atop of the entire NHL Standings, despite Tampa Bay hovering close behind and trailing them by 3 points as of right now. While it can be said that their opponents this month have been less than challenging, most of them have given the B’s a fight. Detroit, sitting in last place in the league, has been the only team that has beaten them all month. However, the Bruins got their revenge a few days later with a 4-1 victory over the team.
Last night match-up with the Edmonton Oilers was a tough fight. Despite getting a 1-0 lead in the 1st period and holding it into the 3rd, Edmonton finally was able to make something out of one of the many power plays on the night to tie it up. Each team ended up with six power plays on the night. It was lucky for the Bruins that only one of the Oilers power plays was successful thanks the amazing penalty kill of Tuukka Rask. The Oilers have one of the best special teams units in the league so it was a tough task to kill many of their opportunities.
When regulation ended, the Bruins and the Oilers were tied at one goal a piece. This season, the ‘O’ word has been a source of aggravation for Bruins fans. Luckily for everyone though, David Pastrnak was able to score his 43rd goal of the season to win the game for his team before hitting the shoot out. Hopefully, this is a sign of improvement from the team.
A win in Edmonton was doubly special for Bruin’s forward, Jake DeBrusk as he grew up in the city. Last night, he was able to have family and friends in attendance to see his team play. This includes his father Lou, who is a hockey analyst for Sports Net in Canada. Before the game, Lou even got a chance to interview his son and basically warned him that he didn’t want to have to say anything bad about him after the game.
Although the Bruins have been playing very well recently, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t missing a piece of the puzzle still. They are one of the teams that are expected to make some moves before the trade deadline on Monday. One of the names that the Bruins have been linked to is Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers who also happens to be from Massachusetts. However, Kreider is set to become a free agent this year and it doesn’t seem worth it enough for the Bruins to give up a lot for him.
On the other hand, the window for this team to win another Stanley Cup is closing quickly. Maybe it would be worth it in order to see Bergeron, Chara, Marchand and Rask win one more. The Bruins continue their tour of Western Canada on Friday night against the Calgary Flames.
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