The last time the Boston Bruins hoisted the Stanley Cup The Godfather was the number one movie in America, Don McLean’s American Pie was the number one album and Richard Nixon was president.
Why do we bring this up?
Well because that same year was also the last time the Bruins were able to win six in a row on the road, a task that isn’t easy by any stretch, but the Bruins are made it look easy over the last two weeks. The Bruins returned home on Wednesday, following a six game road trip that was capped off by a 1-0 win against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The win marked the first time the Bruins have been able to accomplish the feat since the 1971-72 season, when Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito helped lead the Bruins to their fifth Stanley Cup. The Bruins have only won six in a row on the road four other times, in their history.
“It feels great,” Milan Lucic told the Boston Globe. “The last two games, we didn’t have the same energy that we did in the first four games, but we found a way. It helps us to build that confidence in the room, that no matter who we face, or no matter what the conditions, we believe in each other.”
The trip began on Feb. 17 as the Bruins, who were our pick to win the Stanley Cup back in September, defeated the Islanders 6-3 and then followed it up with wins over the Senators, Oilers, Canucks, Flames and of course last night’s shutout. The Bruins are riding the NHL’s best goaltender in Tim Thomas, who has a .939 save percentage, to go along with his 1.97 goals-against-average and seven shutouts. In the two weeks they were on the road, the Bruins outscored their six opponents 20-9 and are now currently third in the Eastern Conference, behind Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.
“We’ve got some new faces in the lineup and this helps us to build some momentum. Obviously, the confidence is tremendous, they believe they can do it,” coach Claude Julien told the NHL website.
It all seems to be coming together at the right time for the Bruins and with recent addition of defenseman Tomas Kaberle, they are arguably the conference’s most well rounded team, a team many other contenders might be afraid to match up against when April rolls around.