The Boston Bruins’ motto for the 2008-2009 season is “We Want It As Bad As You.” Only 17 games into the NHL 2009 Season and the Bruins already show they mean it.
The B’s tout the second-best record in the Eastern Conference coming into the week, and they have earned it. With wins over rival teams Buffalo and Montreal, it appears as though the Bruins are going in a different direction; one that has led them to numerous first round playoff exits in recent years.
“We’re feeling good, we’re having a lot of fun and obviously that Dallas game, you know, we’re a team to be reckoned with,” said Bruins center Marc Savard, who leads the team in points with 19. “We believe in our room, and that’s all that really matters.”
The Bruins have worked well as a team, with younger players stepping up into roles, and older players knowing theirs. The youth movement has quite possibly been the biggest surprise of all, with players like Milan Lucic and even Blake Wheeler jumping into more effective roles immediately.
"[Wheeler] continues to do the things he was doing in the preseason," Julien said. "That's why he's here."
Bruins fans must be happy with the team overall, as they have the statistics to back up their great team play. Allowing the second-fewest goals in all of the NHL (39) and scoring the sixth-most goals in the Eastern Conference (52), the Bruins are playing solid hockey all around.
If this season has proven one thing so far for the Bruins, it’s that this year they really do want it as bad as their fans—and don’t worry, the fans still want it as bad as ever.