The Bruins Cannot and Will Not Be Beat
By Patrick Hoffman
\For the third time in eight years, the Bruins are headed to the Stanley Cup Final.
On Thursday, May 16, the B's completed their sweep of the tired and worn down Carolina Hurricanes. In my opinion, it wasn't even a series as the Bruins simply dominated in every facet of the game.
For starters, Bruins' star goaltender Tuukka Rask played out of his mind. In four games, he allowed just five goals in the series, had a shutout in the series clinching win, and stopped 109 of 114 sets.
Rask is having a better postseason than Tim Thomas did in 2011, which is unbelievable. As of this writing (May 17), Rask is 12-5 with a 1.84 goals-against average, a .942 save percentage, and two shutouts.
With the way Rask is playing right now, I am not sure any one is going to be able to beat him. He's stopping first and second shots, he's making big saves, and he is winning games by himself for his hockey club.
Not only is Rask playing extremely well, but the team's offense has also been stellar in these playoffs. The team is currently (May 17) first in the league in the playoffs with 57 goals in 17 games, which means they are averaging about four goals per game.
Leading the way for the B's in offensive production is agitator Brad Marchand. He currently has 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists and also leads the team with 10 power play points and two game-winning goals.
Following Marchand are guys like David Pastrnak (15 points), David Krejci (14 points), Patrice Bergeron (13 points), Charlie Coyle (12 points), and Torey Krug (12 points). Of the remaining teams in the postseason, it is clear that the B's have the most depth and it has paid dividends for the club up to this point.
Defensively, this club has been as steady as a rock. As of this writing (May 17), the B's have allowed just 33 goals in 17 games, which means they are allowing just two goals per game.
This team breaks up a lot of plays, wins a lot of battles in their own zone, blocks a lot of shots, and allows Rask to see the puck. Of course, if you're able to get behind the B's defense, you have to get through Rask, which has been damn near possible in these playoffs.
Regardless of whether it's the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues who advance to the Final, there is a good chance that come the end of the playoffs, it will be the Bruins who lift hockey's Holy Grail.
Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave.
He has previously covered the league for WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.