Apr 5, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; The Boston Bruins bench reacts after a goal during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Bruins Carry Previous Win Streak Consistency into Playoffs?

Bruins Could Stumble or Succeed in Postseason

Although the Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 at the TD Garden on Saturday, you have to examine a couple of their recent competitions to draw a conclusion that the Bruins may be mortal in the playoffs.

The B’s 12-game winning streak in March was magnificent. Claude Julien‘s squad defeated teams handily while excelling at all facets of the game.

Contributions came from Carl Soderberg, a hard-nosed veteran in Jarome Iginla and the Bruins’ long-time “old reliable” Patrice Bergeron.

Soderberg tallied 15 points, while Bergeron and Iginla combined for 25 goals last month.

Boston’s young defenders–Matt Bartkowski, Torey Krug and Dougie Hamilton–showed stable performances and demonstrated noticeable progress from the beginning of the season.

Lately, though, the Bruins’ young and veteran defenders alike haven’t performed up to snuff.

The B’s youth didn’t hold its own against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-3 loss. Against the Detroit Red Wings a day earlier, the Bruins most dependable D-man Zdeno Chara, failed to properly guard Gustav Nyguist on the game-winning goal.

Can the offensive Bruins make up for lackluster defense?

It’s unwise to rely solely on goal production in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The opposition typically comes out looking for a spark in their attack. They aim to considerably pressure the Bruins’ defense because the B’s are arguably the best team in the NHL. Every squad would relish in the chance to knock them off their usual regular-season consistency.

In previous years, too, we have seen the Bruins’ playoff issues lend towards the defensive side, especially against the Chicago Blackhawks last year. Joel Quenneville‘s team won Game 4, Game 5 and Game 6 averaging four goals per match.

What can you expect from the Bruins this year? Hopefully, repeat results of 2011.

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Tags: Boston Bruins Jarome Iginla Matt Bartkowksi Patrice Bergeron Torey Krug Zdeno Chara

  • Nostre Dummass

    Point #1
    Dude. Take some writing lessons.
    Seriously. I have brain-pain on a daily basis.
    And it’s your fault! PLEASE!
    Point #2
    No matter how often you try to “learn ‘em up”
    Folks still insist on STARS that can score a lot of GOALS.
    To gain some perspective on the issue I’d draw your attention to the infamous Alex Ovechkin (49G 25A, -37 plus-minus
    Louie Eriksson plays ONE game on the 1st line and gets 4 assists…7 shots…YAY.
    So let’s break up the best 3rd line in the league…because the most important thing is we didn’t get spanked on the Seguin deal…right?
    you should be worried about breaking up the chemistry on the 3rd line.
    The Bruins are better when the 4 lines are evenly balanced. This keeps the opposing team reeling with wave after wave of forechecking attack with NO time to take a breath.
    If putting Louie on another line increases his production…but results in a 3rd line that’s as vacillating and useless as last year…I say leave Eriksson with Soderberg and Kelly.
    Smith ISN’T any kind of a defensive liability. Bergeron AND Marchand have taken turns being RED HOT. And the Bruins are rolling like never before.

    • Duncan Day

      All I said was if the Bruins are going down in the playoffs this year, it will be because of defensive lapses that have occurred in the past.