As a die-hard Bruins' fan, I was simply hoping for continued improvement and maybe clinching as high as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. I felt they got better with the Michael Ryder addition and with Patrice Bergeron coming back from injury.
Did I expect this?
Tim Thomas is the best goaltender in the NHL right now and this team is playing better than anyone in the league. They have all bought into Claude Julien's system and they are all willing to stick up for one another.
Often called one of the most boring teams to watch last season, they are the exact opposite this season. Anyone on this team can score goals. Marc Savard might be the best passer in the game. Did I mention a beast of a man named Milan Lucic is close to the top of the league in hits, can score, pass, and fight (ask Mike Komisarek about his fighting ability)?
This team is absolutely on fire. After a slow start, they are 11-1-1 in their last 13 games. Are you kidding me? That is absolutely unreal. They are tied for first in the Eastern Conference with the New York Rangers at 30 points and they have two games at hand.
They lead the Northeast Division by four points over the hated Montreal Canadiens, but Montreal has two games at hand.
Overall, it has been an exciting start to the season for Bruins' fans so far. They have figured out how to play the ultimate team game as a team and they are doing it without the most talented players in the league. Each player knows their role and understands how they fit into the system.
Do I think the Bruins can keep it up? I have no idea. I'm not used to a Bruins team performing this well. I don't know how to feel in this situation and I am trying so hard not to get too excited and over confident.
Yes, I think they will come back down to Earth, but from what I have seen so far, they can challenge for the Northeast Division title, and ultimately a top three seed in the Eastern Conference.
If you are a hockey fan out there, watch this team play especially tonight when they take on the Habs in Montreal. This game will have everything from goals to hits to fights.
Oh, did I mention Patrick Roy's number is going to be retired before the game? That should only add to the intensity of this rivalry.