A week ago, I did a double-take when reading the score of the game between the Bruins and the Canadiens.
Could it be true? Did my eyes deceive me? Did the Bruins really beat the Habs 6-1?
And then it hit me- These aren't the '07-'08 Bruins. Nor are they the '06-'07 or '05-'06 version.
We are witnessing the resurrection of the Black and Gold. They now have the pieces to be good this year and many years to come. For the first time in recent memory, they have no glaring weakness. They have the pieces, and they're putting them together.
Any discussion about the Bruins offense must involve Marc Savard, who has been phenomenal thus far. With 25 points, he's the Bruins assist and point leader and on pace for a 108 point season. But he isn't the only player pulling his weight. The young forwards for the Bruins have exceeded expectations as well. Six of the Bruins top ten scorers are age 25 or under.
Tim Thomas is playing absolutely spectacular right now, and Manny Fernandez is 5-1-1 himself. Not bad for a thirty-something backup who is supposed to be washed up due to age and injuries.
Right now the Bruins stand at 12-3-4 (28 points), and they sit two points behind the Rangers for first place in the Eastern Conference. However, they have three games in hand on New York.
They're the hottest team in the NHL, and their players are skating with a swagger that hasn't been seen on the Garden ice in years. Look at Milan Lucic. The 20-year-old isn't afraid to pick a fight with whoever crosses his path, and plays with a passion matched by few in today's NHL.
The Bruins are back, and they are proving that they are a force to be reckoned with.
All of a sudden, there are two title contenders playing this winter on Causeway Street.