This New Year's Day, the Penguins tried to stop the Bruins in their quest for League domination—and failed. Even the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin could not bring down the young powerhouse.
Every opposition the Bruins face is met with the deadly combination of youth, talent, and teamwork. The Bruins are not at the top of the NHL standings because of one god-like super talent. The Boston lines are filled with fast, talented skaters who work well together, and when they are hot, they are a frustrating team to play against.
On offense, they pass with precision and speed. During the entire game, the Boston offense showed no sign of slowing down. Three of the four Boston goals were scored by passing ahead of the Pittsburgh defense before it had a chance to settle in, including a cross-rink give-and-go to David Krejci and an empty-netter from the blue line by Savard.
On defense, the Bruins are rigid and aggressive. It is nearly impossible to set up plays in the Boston zone, and the few times that Pittsburgh had a strong attack on the Bruins’ net, Fernandez stopped nearly every shot. The Penguins out-shot the Bruins 32 to 26, but it was not enough to beat the Boston defense and goal tending.
Boston’s talent is spread throughout the roster. Even third liners David Krejci and Blake Wheeler have made names for themselves, Krejci especially as he is on a nine-game point streak with his goal against Pittsburgh.
Boston has shown no holes or weaknesses. They can’t stop winning. They know how to score. They defend well. They are resilient. They have endured the first half of the season and come out on top. The second half of the NHL season will be a test for the young team to see that they can last to the end.