As the final buzzer rang throughout the Garden, the disappointment and frustration was noticeably seen on the faces of the Boston Bruins. It is apparent that the Habs have had the Bruins number over the past couple of seasons. They swept the Bruins this season and have dominated in recent memory. Since the 2012-2013 shortened season, the Canadiens have won the regular season series every year.
The Bruins just do not match up well with Montreal. Offensively, the Habs are more skilled and quicker than the Bruins. Defensively, the Canadiens have seem to adopted the "Big Bad Bruins" philosophy of stepping up to the puck and taking the body both on and off the boards. The Canadiens have turned into the team that both Bruins fans and management thought Boston would be. Unfortunately for the Bruins, this team does not have the skill to compensate for its late of character and identity.
Obviously it is important not to overreact to one loss. However, this loss really puts the Bruins season into perspective. Even though Boston has 28 games remaining on its schedule, it is unlikely that they will move much more in the standings. It is very possible that they Bruins could face the second-place Habs in the playoffs and I'm not sure I know any Bruins fans that would be very happy about that. Interestingly enough, I would rather be an underdog against the Canadiens instead of being expected to win as a top seed.
But that is beside the point. This team needs some type of big change that will shake up the roster. More specifically, they need a top line right winger that can finish a scoring chance better than a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Gronk. While Riley Smith is good, he is not a top line player on a potential Stanley Cup contender. The Bruins have put themselves in salary cup jail and its up to Peter Chiarelli and company to put this train back on the tracks. Could Malcolm Subban being called up be a potential hint that he could be traded soon? Are the Bruins trying to convince the rest of the league they have confidence in the young goalie? Can you find someone dumb enough to take all of your ponies (Kelly, Campbell, etc.) for a horse? (Edmonton, I'm talking to you). Only time will tell.
by Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS