Boston Bruins—The Beast of the East?

Daniel CappellCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2009

It could have been the Florida heat, but after Boston's dismal road trip through the Sunshine State, some may be questioning the Bruins' ability to put together a cup run.

Everyone knows that the battle for Lord Stanley is long and hard-fought, requiring perserverance and depth. Unfortunately, those are two things the Bruins showed a complete lack of this past weekend. With both of their goaltenders posting losses, Boston fell to a team battling for a playoff spot (the Panthers), and to a contender for the Tavares sweepstakes (the Lightning).

One may wonder how a team that had lost just 10 games going into the weekend left Florida without scoring a goal, and then got trounced by Tampa Bay when Vaclav Prospal fired the winning goal with a minute left.

Their record says they're the best, but is Boston really capable of prevailing in the East?

We see teams like Washington with consistent first-line scoring. Backstrom, Semin, and Ovechkin all posted a goal and an assist for the Caps last night, and do so on a consistent basis.

Meanwhile, Boston's "charge" against one of the weakest teams in the league—Tampa Bay—was led by a defenseman.

In my opinion, the Bruins are still cubs, and their lack of experience will be their downfall. Phil Kessel, David Krejci, Blake Wheeler, and Marc Savard seem to amount to a powerful offense, but this weekend may have foreshadowed what is to come.

Boston's defense is easily one of the best in the league, backed by goaltender Tim Thomas. But after this weekend, the Bruins may start to cool down. Could we, as a result, see another former Habs coach bite the dust?

This may be extreme, given that the Bruins still have the best record in the East, but I definitely think that this weekend was the "TSN Turning Point" of their year. Only problem?

It was a turn in the wrong direction.

Edited By: John McCurdy