Five games was all it took for the Bruins to defeat the Detroit Red Wings and advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Upon the end of game 1 it seemed as though Boston was in for a long series with Detroit taking game 1 at the Garden with a 1-0 victory. However, preparation has been the key to success for the Bruins thus far into the postseason. After finishing Thursday’s game in overtime, the B’s were ready for a hot Detroit team to come onto the ice desperate for a victory to stay alive.
Loui Eriksson and Zdeno Chara scored power play goals in the Bruins victory, with a much improved power play unit than we have seen in previous years. Perhaps one of their biggest advantages is their improved special teams. In 2011, they held one of the worst records in the league for power plays. Keeping much of that same team in tact and improving those special teams, the Bruins have yet another secret weapon.
In addition to their special teams, the Bruins have balance. Defensively they are as sound as it gets. They have players with both right and left-hand shots, making it easier for them to move the puck around and generate opportunities. Something Mike Babcock praised the Bruins for in addition to their stellar netminding;
“I think it’s just overall depth. They’ve got good players. Some teams have got a real good team and their goalie gets you started, gets the opposition started. This kid [Tuukka Rask] doesn’t get you started. Not only does he stop the puck, he plays the puck good, so it’s harder to get in on their D. “(via Causeway Crowd)
A balanced defensive core, sound special teams and offense that can come from both their offensive players as well as their defense, Boston has it all going for them right now. Providing they can keep their physicality in check and handle the emotions that are sure to come with their next opponent, the Bruins should be golden for this series and then some.
“So another Original Six battle that we get to be a part of, and a lot of hatred between the teams, the fans, the cities when it comes to this kind of rivalry. So we expect them to bring their best,” said Lucic on Montreal following the series win over Detroit. (via Fansided)