We are now about a month into the NHL regular season and the Boston Bruins are firing on all cylinders. The Bruins have posted a 10-1-2 record and 22 points, good enough for second in the league only to the Washington Capitals, who have played two more games up to this point. They have won their last five games and have scored 24 goals in those five games. So far, the Bruins are doing a good job of at least trying to get fans to forget about last year’s Stanley Cup Final defeat to the St. Louis Blues.
Pastrnak For Hart?
David Pastrnak has been on fire to start the season. Pastrnak leads the league in points with 27 and is tied for most goals in the league with 13. Eight of Pastrnak’s goals have been on the power play which is tied for the lead and he also has 12 points on the power play, which is top of the league. Pastrnak has been one of many players who have been performing extremely well. Only a month into the season, he is already making a strong case to take home the Hart trophy at the end of the year, which is given to the most outstanding player in the NHL. But it is a long season and only time will tell.
Tuukka Rask has posted a 1.49 goals-against average, a .949 save percentage, and 2 shutouts which are all good enough for the best in the NHL. Rask has been dominating the league so far this year and he is proving his worth to the Bruins. Rask has had an impressive start to the year going 7-0-1 to start the season, only giving up 12 goals so far this season. Being a goalie in the NHL is getting harder and harder every year and Tuukka has the potential to have a special season.
The Best Line In Hockey
The line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are undoubtedly the best line in hockey this season. Marchand and Pastrnak both have over 20 points and Bergeron has had 14. Marchand leads the league in plus-minus at a plus 11. Also, Pastrnak and Bergeron are at a plus 8 so far which is near the top of the league. There was a lot of criticism with this line in the playoffs last year because they were struggling to produce, but so far this year, they have been proving those critics wrong.
It is only a month into the season however, there is a lot of excitement around the Bruins that this could be a special season for them. Right now, they look like they are trying to finish what they started last year and are ready to forget about the heartbreaking defeat in game seven of the Stanley Cup Final against the Blues at home. If the Bruins can keep this up, there will be high expectations and the only thing that would satisfy the fans is bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston. With an aging core of players including Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, and Tuukka Rask, it is tough to tell how many chances this team has left. There could only be a couple more years until these players are gone and the new generation of players like David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, and Charlie McAvoy have to take their place. The Bruins need to buckle down and keep up with this run and we could be talking about a Cup run come April.