After a heartbreaking departure of Claude Julien many fans were wondering if he was the issue and weren’t sure how the boys would respond and… BOOOOM! Are you kidding me? 6-3? C’mon man! You knew this one was going to be a massacre when Backes scored 52 seconds into the first period and ended the first period on a high note leading 3-1. Now I’ll admit that the Sharks pretty much screwed themselves over by picking up all those penalties but, I mean, I’ll take these wins how we can get them.
One game in with Bruce Cassidy and we see a whole new Bruins team, you saw smarter shots on net, you saw beautiful passing between the players in the opposition’s zone, you saw the defense helping out the attack a lot more as well and you just saw the boys having fun out there. After this big win against a strong Sharks team, the Bruins hold onto an 8th place playoff ticket and I can see it going up from here. Of course there are a little over 25 games left on the season’s calendar so I’d expect more than 8th place, especially when they’re stuck at 4th place in a weak Atlantic Division.
David Pastrnak, my oh my, this kid is a stud and is one to keep an eye on for the future. Eight points in the last two games and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Patrice Bergeron is another Bruin stepping up as well with seven points in the last two meetings. I know it’s only the first game since the firing of Claude but the way they played last night, they got us believing that we can make some noise in the postseason. I also understand that we’re rebuilding but it’d still be nice to be in the playoffs again. Next up is a deflated Vancouver team, who are coming off of an impressive 3-0 win against the Blue Jackets in Columbus, on Saturday at the TD Garden at 1:00 PM EST.
-Matthew T. Fermo, Entourage Sports Admin.