Less than three weeks ago, the Bruins were 13 points behind the first place Montreal Canadiens and looked to be a borderline playoff team. Flash forward, and the Bruins are having glimpses of the 2011 Stanley Cup champions.
The Bruins have won five of their last six games, and ten of their last fourteen, as they are now only one point behind Montreal for first place in the Atlantic Division. In the last month, the Bruins are 11-1-3, scoring 3.07 goals per game, while only giving up 1.87.
Tuukka Rask is playing out of his mind, the young guys are stepping up, and Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have been, well, fantastic.
So, what is next for this team? Will Cam Neely and Don Sweeney make a move to put them over the top? Will they just let the current group of players do their thing?
Lets try to pick through these questions piece-by-piece and get into the mind of Bruins' brass. If I am Cam Neely or Don Sweeney, I wait a couple more weeks to see if this team is a legit Stanley Cup contender or not. If the Bruins lost 7 of their next 10 games, then we can just formulate this past month as an abnormality.
However, if the Bruins stay hot, and continue to threaten in not only the Atlantic Division, but the Eastern Conference as a whole, this team needs to load up and make a run at the Cup.
Everyone in the National Hockey League know that the Bruins screwed up with Tyler Sequin, and they are paying for it now. The Bruins lack an elite scoring winger and a top 4 defenseman. There is an outside shot of the Bruins going after top players like Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos or Columbus Blue Jacket's Jack Johnson, but there are second tier players that may not even be on our radar yet.
Get it done, Bruins' brass. You have a damn good team.
By Pete Packowski