Everyone remembers where they were on June 15th, 2011 when the Boston Bruins brought home Lord Stanley for the first time in thirty-nine years. That Bruins team will go down as one of the most resilient teams in Bruins history after winning three game sevens en route to their Stanley Cup win.
Now, fast forward to 2018.
The Boston Bruins are taking the league by storm after being one of the NHL’s best teams for over three months now. Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and Zdeno Chara are playing some of the best hockey of their career’s. They are loaded with young talent with Charlie McAvoy, David Pastrnak, Danton Heinen, Jake DeBrusk and Brandon Carlo. They have recently traded for power forward Rick Nash and have signed veteran winger Brian Gionta over the last couple days.
Now how does this team match up to the 2011 one?
This year’s team is actually statistically better than the 2011 one if you can believe it.
First let’s start off by the roster similarity: Back in 2011, the Bruins had veteran presence from Mark Recchi (similar to the Giant signing), they have the same captain and assistant captain in Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron. They still have Brad Marchand being a pest and scoring goals. They have the young talent in Pastrnak that they had in Seguin. They have a power forward winger with Krejci now that Rick Nash is in town, similar to having Milan Lucic in 2011. They have a great fourth line in Acciari, Kuraly, and Schaller similar to the Thornton, Campbell and Paille. Oh, and how can I forget, Tuukka Rask is at the top of his game like Tim Thomas was throughout the entire season.
Next, the records and stats: Yesterday the Bruins played their 60th game of the season and their record currently sits at 37-15-8 for 82 points. After sixty games throughout the 2011 season, the Bruins record sat at 34-19-7 for 75 points. This Bruins team went on an eighteen game unbeaten streak in regulation, and the 2011 team only went on an eight-game unbeaten streak in regulation. The Bruins only had one thirty goal scorer in 2011 in Milan Lucic. This year’s Bruins team is on pace to have three thirty goal scorers in Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, and Brad Marchand.
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. That 2011 team was LOADED with veterans and I still think this Bruins team may be a year or two away from being legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. However, this Bruins team has proved us wrong all year long, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they do so come April.