The Bruins were not looking like a team with much promise the last few weeks. With a rookie goalie leading the way, the Bruins won six straight before falling to the Sabres Friday night. They remain in 4th place in the eastern division with a record of 27-13-6.
The Spoked B’s run has been aided by a couple of new contributors. Trade-deadline pickup and former number one draft pick Taylor Hall has immediately made an impact, while 22-year-old Jeremy Swayman filled in admirably for a goalie rotation short-handed due to injuries. In fact, Swayman has gone 5-1, including a shutout, since his call-up to the varsity squad and may be in the process of stealing Jaroslav Halak’s job as Tuukka Rask’s backup. Meanwhile, Hall has contributed three goals and five points in his first seven games with the team, which surpasses the two goals he scored for Buffalo in 37 games before the trade.
It’s a good sign that the Bruins win streak came against some of the league’s best, including the Capitals and the Islanders, a team they are currently chasing in the standings. The momentum came to a grinding halt on Friday night with a loss to last place Buffalo. However, with Patrice Bergeron out with an injury, this result wasn’t a shocker. The Bruins hope to pick up the pace again this week with back-to-back games at Pittsburgh followed by another contest with the sad sack Sabres. While unlikely, with two road wins over the Penguins, they could catch them in the standings.
By: Peter Mooney CruelFan.com