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After being the laughing stock of the entire NHL, the Bruins are slowly but surely gaining credibility among the league; especially after their 2 convincing wins against Ottawa and Pittsburgh.
As it stands, the Bruins are in the 6th place in the conference with 74 points and have 2 games in hand on almost every team. For the first time, in many years, Bruins fans can think about the playoffs. This time, the Bruins seems to be for real and the major reason why is the guy behind the bench: Claude Julien.
Lots of fans were less than pleased to see Julien come to Boston but let’s face it, Julien made the Bruins credible again. He successfully sold his system to a bunch of players who were not convinced that it would work. The biggest help, for Julien, might have come from a situation which could have been disastrous for the team: injuries. Yes, you hear me right: injuries. I think the players had no choice but to recognize that Julien’s system give them a chance to win every night. There’s no other way to explain why the Bruins are still in a playoffs race while Manny Fernandez and Bergy were out for an extended period. When Bruins fans saw Marc Savard nailed in the corner to waive an icing (he knew that it would happened), they knew that the players bought every single bit of Julien’s system.
Finally, we saw this Bruins team becoming what the fans expected for a very long time: their team play as a “team. The sacrifice made by Savard was underlined by many players and writers and that’s why the Bruins are for real in this race. They compete as a team and they will succeed as a team. That was the first step to success and it’s clear, now, that the players understand that. I’m telling you: this play by Savard was a pure delight…
The young players of the organization (Lucic, Krecji and Sobotka) are giving the team an unexpected edge. They were a huge part of the latest winning streak (the Bruins are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games) and they rattled the opponents, in many games, with an inspiring and physical game. In fact, these young kids produced when the team needed the most which is an excellent news for the Bruins.
A playoff race is a long one. I don’t know how it will pan out but, as a fan, I’m excited to see the Bruins being in a real battle for a playoffs. At the beginning of the season, all the experts and “so-called” experts predicted that the Bruins would finish in the bottom of the conference. For the first time, in many years, the Bruins are on the pace to prove everyone wrong!