The Boston Bruins are two for two going into the third meeting out of six against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs seem to be poising to make the playoffs for the first time in years.
In the last two meetings, Boston outscored Toronto by 13-2. A stark contrast to last season as the Leafs seemed to own the B's in last year's season series.
Bruins were looking for at least a push this season.
Toronto want to get their first win against the Stanley Cup Champions.
As it was for the other teams save one, it was not meant to be.
The Boston Bruins were touted to have the "Stanley Cup Hangover".
To a degree I have to side on that seeing that they played right into mid-June and had to endure three seven-game series to claim their prize that took 39 years to get it back.
Their lackluster start was due to rust, minor injuries and the biggest issue was the lack of discipline as they amassed a large amount of penalties that should not have happened to begin with.
Another factor was that the top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton was not firing on all cylinders in the month of October...in fact, hardly firing at all.
So October was a bust with a 4-7-0.
Then November came along.
The power of the 'Mo' was upon the Bruins as Tim Thomas seemed to take the lead.
So far as to have a Goalie helmet created with a Movember theme to it and at the end of Movember, he will raffle it off.
The Grand Prize of the raffle is:
- Winner will receive Tim Thomas’ game worn goaltender ”moustache mask” which was created and will be worn in November to support Cancer research and awareness.
- Winner and 3 guests will receive tickets to watch the Bruins take on the Canadiens, Monday, December 19th at 7:00 PM (or a mutually agreeable 2011/2012 regular season Boston Bruins home game if the Winner resides outside of New England)
- Winner and 3 guests will get a personal meet & greet with Tim Thomas after the game for photos
- Winner will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of $1,058.75 to mitigate the Winner’s tax liability that results from winning the raffle. This prize is withheld and paid, on behalf of the Winner, directly to the IRS ($875.00) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ($183.75). The actual amount awarded may be adjusted proportionally based on the value of the actual prizes received.
In November, the Bruins went on a tear.
Having won 12 of the 13 games scheduled, they lost only one game and that was on the shoot out against the Detroit Red Wings.
All in all, they earned 25 of 26 possible points, outscored their opponents 57-24 (59-25 if you include the shoot out wins/losses), and are on top of the North-east Division, second in the Eastern Conference and tied for third in the league with Detroit.
Not too shabby for a team that was on the verge of collapse and near the bottom the standings (was at the bottom of the Eastern Conference at one point).
So what happened?
At the end of October, the team had a players only meeting and decided to iron out the issues that was happening on the ice.
The discipline was vastly improved, the players seemed to have got their head son straight and most importantly, the top line was becoming the top line again.