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Add Calgary to list of teams embarrassed by Bruins

Jan 5, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT

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It’s honestly difficult to exaggerate the Boston Bruins’ current run of dominance because they’re handing out Bunyan-esque beatings to opposing teams with such startling regularity.

Normally, you’d expect a little let-up on the tail end of back-to-back games, especially after the Bruins bludgeoned the New Jersey Devils 6-1 last night. Instead, that beating seemed like a mere warm-up as Boston humiliated the Calgary Flames by a resounding score of 9-0 tonight. As Brian Compton points out, the Bruins have score 15 unanswered goals since New Jersey went up 1-0 on Wednesday.

Will the fun continue?

Logically speaking, the Bruins won’t be able to blow out teams to such a ridiculous degree all season long. If nothing else, they’ve managed to stay very healthy aside from a banged up Zdeno Chara here or there. Their rough-and-tumble style could result in some more injuries, at least if logic shows up to the party.

That – plus the natural gravitational pull of regression – should keep things from getting too ridiculous.

Still, the remarkable thing about the Bruins is their depth. Tyler Seguin‘s far-from-shocking rise has given Boston an enviable offensive arsenal, especially in the salary cap era.

The scoring burden can pass from Seguin’s line to the Lucic-Krejci-Horton trio while Patrice Bergeron is rising to a near-elite level among two-way forwards. Even lesser-known guys such as Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly are maximizing their potential, which has to be a crippling prospect for opponents. Their defense has everything it needs (and should only get better once Dougie Hamilton matures) and they sport two goalies that could be the No. 1 guy on plenty of NHL teams.

In other words, while the absurdity should probably level out thanks to the law of averages, the Bruins aren’t running on luck alone. It seems hard to deny that the defending champions are a better team this season, which is a thought that’s almost as scary as their recent box scores.

  1. cowboys282 - Jan 5, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Not to mention Brad Marchand was out for this game with the Flu and the Bruins didn’t miss a beat.

    Last 2 home games vs Florida and Calgary the Bruins have scored 17 goals and have given up 0.

  2. vanchuk - Jan 5, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Will the fun continue?

    No… they play the Canucks on Satur–wait, the game is in Boston? Ok, then yes, the fun will continue. My mistake.

    Go Canucks Go?

  3. gallyhatch - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    The Bruins are a BEAST of a team, look the f- out!

    Can’t wait for Saturday, I’ll be in section 306 cheering my ass off!

  4. reachers87 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    As a Pens fan even with a healthy team, Boston is very scary right now.

  5. danphipps01 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    If nothing else, the knowledge that two years from now their cap situation will cause a major breakup gives me some solace. At the same time, Seguin, Lucic and Marchand, their best forwards (well, them and Bergeron) will all hit RFA status at once and require substantial raises. Next year, Rask’s an RFA, and they’ll have to pay up to keep him as their obvious future starter. Kelly’s having a breakout year which may see him double his previous career goal and point records and Boychuk’s playing above his salary too – and both are up for raises alongside Rask a year ahead of Seguin, Lucic and Marchand. Finally, Hamilton’s salary’s gonna come into play either next year or the year after – he’s gonna play his way onto the roster in no time at all. So, in the next two years, they’re going to have to drop a LOT of money on a lot of players. This should at least somewhat dampen their ridiculous star power. I figure Horton’s probably going to lose out here, as he’s up for renewal at the same time as the rest of the forwards and it seems fair to say he’s not exactly beating any of them out in performance. He’s playing well, as he always does, but at the end of the day, there’s not going to be cap room for his $4m salary if all he does is score in the high twenties in goals and low fifties in points – not when all three of his competitors seem to produce bigger returns.

    • odj810 - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:37 AM

      one thing your missing on is that rask lucic seguin and marchand are all going to be RFA. As you saw with turris this year, the team is still very much in financial control of these players. also if you want to put savards cap hit on IR we would have just over 10 million of free capspace. our cap situation is actually in very good shape.

  6. blomfeld - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:39 AM


    Friends … this Saturday morning can’t come soon enough, with this first “get-together” for these two since June 15th … both teams are firing on all eight cylinders now and so there should be no excuses at all … will the “Sisters” finally take their habits off and go postal ? … will Burrows again dine on some human fingers ? … or will the Bruins simply continue with their decimation of “all” that comes before them ? … this is going to be great ! :)

  7. 8man - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    A lot of credit has to go to Julien. He regularly runs four lines and that’s given the first three a chance to be fresh and the fourth a chance to develop nicely. As mentioned, they have two starting goalies, which he also alternates nicely. Put it all together and its a tough task for the opposition to handle.

    Twelve guys had points last night, eight of them multiple points. The Bruins are almost lapping the field in goal differential. Hard to remember they started out 3-7 and were in last place in the conference. A situation in late October, that many on PHT were happy to point out.

    Obviously, this pace can’t be maintained, but any assertions that this team got lucky last year can be cast aside and the acceptance that they will be in the playoffs to defend the cup is inevitable.

  8. rdurk86 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    I don’t necessarily agree that they have this “rough and tumble” style where they hit everything that moves. Yes, they finish their checks most of the time. I think their game is more about positioning, taking away passing lanes, and forechecking.

    • govtminion - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      They play a physical style, but I agree with this comment. It seems like there’s always a black-and-gold clad player between the net and the puck when they’re on defense, and they’re masters at finding ways to block shots and get takeaways. It’s the most underrated part of their game- and it creates chances on offense via turnovers and limits the number and quality of shots on Thomas and Rask. It’s the very core of their play, really.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        all 5 guys backcheck and buy in all game every game…you see guys with their heads down flying back into their zone every shift

  9. jpelle82 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    this is just sick hockey, you expect to see names like gretzky or lemieux with scoreboards like this, they are doing it with all 4 lines and no real “superstar” name guys (no offense chara or thomas).

  10. redrew - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Unlike the Bruins of the last 3 decades, this offense is no longer based on D slapshots from the blueline. The forwards are so in sync right now…..this is a B’s team like I’ve never known. Verses NJ in the third period, the forwards were toying with the puck in the offensive zone…..I kept thinking….Edmonton Oiler hayday hockey. The beauty of the ’11-’12 team is they morph into a bruising team, or a free wheeling team. They can beat you up or out skate you. The Bs are back ababy

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