EPISODE MM-XVII: A NEW HOPE
It is a period of war on ice. Offensive wrist shots, striking from just inside the blue line, have been winning victories over the evil Opposition.
Between the battles, Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy has secretly made changes to the lines, to create the ultimate weapon, the Boston Bruins, an infamous NHL club capable of destroying entire Hockey teams.
Pursued by rival NHL teams, Bruce fearlessly leads the Bruins to victory, custodian of the plans to save our season and possibly bring the Cup home.
Now the Serious Part..
Before Bruce Cassidy was appointed our Interim Head Coach, he’s been all over the place. Bouncing around between ECHL, IHL, AHL, a first stint in the NHL as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals and Assistant Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, down to OHL, then back on up to AHL with the Providence Bruins, and finally being last season’s Assistant Coach, as well as this season’s Head Coach of the Boston Bruins.
With playing experience all over the world, combined with 20 years of coaching experience, Bruce seems just dandy at the helm of the Bruins. With a record of 10-3-0 as Head Coach and with the way our boys have been putting it down on the ice, the playoffs could be interesting. We can all agree a Cup this season is unlikely, however that doesn’t mean our new leader will let the Bruins go down easy. With our rematch against the Ottawa Senators approaching, we should get a pretty good idea of where we stand in the conference.
Anyone Else Noticing a Pattern?
I might be the only one here, but it seems Bruce is leading the Bruins similar to the era of Raymond Bourque and Cam Neely. Focus on defence, dump the puck into the offensive corners, then smack and smash it until it goes in. Granted, we don’t have a “Grinder” quite like Bourque on defense or a revolutionary Power Forward like Cam Neely, but our current roster (with the exception of a few) is playing Bruins Hockey. They touch our puck, they will pay.
Historically, when it came to Hockey, the city of Boston didn’t, and still doesn’t do fancy. Physicality, fast-pace, and energy is how the Bruins won Stanley Cups in the past.
If you notice, when we’re in the offensive zone, the puck has been spending more time the in corners while the rest of the offence is getting set up to bombard the opposing net-tender with shots on goal. Fancy? Not at all. Effective? Well let’s allow 10-3-0 speak for itself.
Well What Happens Now?
That’s easy. Go for it. As The Great One once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
We might not make it that far, but I have faith Bruce Cassidy won’t let our Bruins go down without a fight. If that proves true, we’re in for some great Hockey.
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