The Bruins awoke from their scoring drought in their victory Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres, 4-2. Having scored two power plays goals, one of which came from captain Zdeno Chara (his first of the season), the team showed some scoring acumen. The Bruins had only scored one goal in their previous three outings leaving one to wonder if this is the same team that led the Eastern Conference last year.
In spite of this win, there are many factors that Bruins fans need to be concerned about. The injury bug as hit the team early this season, Milan Lucic is out with a broken finger and David Krejci has the H1N1 virus. With the absence of some of their key players the Bruins need to step it up a notch.
They have not played with any consistency at all thus far in the season. Last night's win was big because it was against division rival Buffalo. Though, the Sabres have been slumping as of late the Bruins need to take any win that they can.
The big test for Boston will be this coming Tuesday when they host defending Stanley Cup Champions the Pittsburgh Penguins at home. Penguins captain, Sydney Crosby, is having another stellar year and should prove to be a challenge for the Bruins. The Pittsburgh game will also be a good test to gauge whether the B's are for real of not.
Sure, it is early in the season. However, any team worthy of a championship needs to show consistency throughout the season. They need to play solid from beginning to end. The Bruins thus far have been mediocre. If they can beat a team like Pittsburgh and continue to show consistent good play through the rest of the season then there is no reason why the Bruins can not go all the way to the finals.
The key though is consistency, consistency and consistency.