New England Sports React

Successful Season So Far For Bruins

To call the Bruins’ 2013-2014 season so far anything but a success is just flat out wrong. The team heads into the Olympic break having played 57 games; earning a 37-16-4 record, good enough for first place in the Atlantic Division and second place the Eastern Conference. Their 78 points are five shy of Pittsburgh’s 83 and seven ahead of Tampa Bay’s 71 in the conference. In the last ten games before the current two week stoppage for the Olympics, the team produced a 7-1-2 record. Two of those games were played without captain Zdeno Chara, who went to Sochi early to carry the flag for his native Slovakia. Overall the team has played very well this season, and has overcome some very serious obstacles.

​Injuries have decimated the Bruins so far this season. Key players such as Loui Eriksson, Chris Kelley, Adam McQuaid, and Dougie Hamilton have all missed significant time due to injury this season. Not to mention the most important injury of them all, Dennis Seidenberg’s torn ACL which will keep him out the remainder of the year. Young players have done a great job stepping up in place of these players. Ryan Spooner, Matt Fraser, Matt Bartkowski, and Kevan Miller have all had to play important roles in the Bruins’ lineup. Also, Reilly Smith has emerged into a star NHL player and Johnny Boychuk has played incredibly well since Seidenberg’s injury. Both of these players have really stepped up this year.

​Even though many young players have played very well in Boston, the team still needs to find help on the back end before the trade deadline. Dennis Seidenberg can not be replace, he is too good, but the Bruins do need to get another veteran defenseman who can fill in and help make up for Seidenberg’s loss. Mark Stuart might be making a return to Boston from Winnipeg, or Chris Phillips may get traded here from Ottawa. Both are free agents at the end of this season.

​Overall, the Bruins are one of the top teams in the entire NHL and a real Stanley Cup Contender. They have a powerful offense, something Bruin’s fans are not accustomed to, spectacular goaltending, and a great defensive system. Everything is looking good right now in Beantown, and hopefully that continues after the break.

-Jonathan Duncan

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