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Bruins were sick of losing…so they decided to start winning

Nov 21, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

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There isn’t a more explosive team in the NHL right now than the Boston Bruins. After starting the season 3-7-0, the B’s have won eight in a row and find themselves right back in a playoff position.

Not only are the Stanley Cup champs winning, they’re blowing teams out of the rink. Boston has outscored its opponents by a 41-14 margin in the last eight games.

That’s an average score of 5.1 to 1.8.

“We were sick of losing so we did something about it,” said defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

“We’re willing to do the things that you have to do to win hockey games and I didn’t feel that we were ready to do that in the first month of the season,” echoed coach Claude Julien.

That the B’s are hungry for wins in November after hoisting the Cup in June is commendable. The Blackhawks had an eight-game winning streak last season, but their post-championship malaise didn’t end until late February.

To be fair, Chicago had to adjust to a depleted roster; the Bruins are largely the same team, plus Tyler Seguin’s emerged as one of the league’s top scorers.

However, ‘Hawks Duncan Keith admitted he suffered from a lack of motivation once the summer of celebration was over.

“I’m not making any excuses but I didn’t feel excited coming back at the start the season,” Keith said during the first round of the playoffs.

“Once you get off to a bad start and you’re not happy with it, it’s tough to get out of. It can snowball in some ways. You think you’re getting out of it then it comes back and becomes a mental thing. It makes you appreciate having a good start.”

The Bruins are in Montreal tonight looking to make it nine in a row.

  1. 8man - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    I’m holding my breath. Let’s see how the Bears do against a Montreal team that effectively sodomized them in a home-and-home series before the whole streak began. I expect it to be a feisty affair, heh!

    All-in-all, I think we all know they are better than 3-7-0.

    Go you Stanley Cup Champion Bruins.

    Yeah. I just never get tired of typing that….

  2. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    I can’t wait to watch it tonight on Versus!

    Oh wait, instead Versus changed the game to the hapless Islanders vs. Sidney Concussby? No thanks, I’ll find something else to watch.

    • 8man - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      I’m as shocked and appalled as you are. Fortunately, I spent the money and purchased Center Ice. But others, hoping to see that classic original six matchup and the Bruins pursuing their NINTH win in a row (thank you to several people here who pointed out that I missed a win) won’t be as lucky.

      Damn Versus and their Cindy Crosby/Penguins bias!

  3. pastabelly - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Streak is bound to end with four games in six days this week. At Montreal, at Buffalo, home against Detroit and Winnipeg. If they get 5 or 6 points, they’ll still be on a roll. Tonight I’ll be switching off between Bruins and Pats.

    • 8man - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:35 PM

      Yeah. That is a brutal stretch. But it’ll be entertaining to watch and tell us a lot about our 2011-2012 squad.

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