Boston Bruins Looking Good at the Top Of the Eastern Conference

Eliott BrysonContributor IDecember 10, 2008

"Boston is a hockey town again."

This quote by NESN commentator Jack Edwards at the conclusion of the Bruins' 6-1 win on November 13th perfectly describes the first two months of the 1st place Bruins' season.

The Bruins (19-4-4), are four points clear of the New York Rangers for first place, even though the B's have played three less games than New York. The Bruins bring speed, toughness and amazing team chemistry to every game. Leading goal scorer Phil Kessel (17 goals) is only 21, and just two years ago was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Not only do the Bruins have a strong NHL team, but their AHL affiliate the Providence Bruins have many strong players who, when called up, look like hardened NHL veterans.

The Bruins finished November at 12-1-1, the best November in the NHL. December provides games against Florida teams and a home-and-home series against the Atlanta Thrashers.

On November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, the Bruins unveiled their new alternate jerseys, using the same logo as was used in the 1920's. The jerseys were a hit with both fans and players and will be used 16 times this season.

The Bruins no doubt have the best goalie tandem in the NHL, with star Tim Thomas (1.90 GAA, .940 Save Percentage) and "backup" Manny Fernandez (2.09 GAA, .926 Save Percentage) who is on a seven-game winning streak.

Although it is only December, the Bruins have a legitimate shot at finishing first in the conference after the season, just as long as they stick to their game plan.