It is hard to call a game "must win" this early in the season but this was it for the Bruins. Tuesday's loss to Carolina was embarassing on so many levels. The effort was embarassing, the penalties were embarassing and the crowd throwing shit onto the ice was embarassing. It left a bitter taste in most fans' mouths.
For the start of the season we didn't care that the Bruins were starting slow. They gave us a Cup last season. How could we be mad? Tuesday night changed that. It was just awful in every sense of the word. With the Leafs on the horizon the pressure was building. Even though we're sick of the whole thing, when Kessel comes to town there is a buzz in the air, especially this year since he is tearing up the NHL. With the Bruins playing so poorly, many wondered if he was going to come in and add insult to injury.
Julien had seen enough before the game. His team was lifeless and needed a spark. So he juggled the lines before Thursday's game.
And for one game at least, it worked. For the first time this season you really felt like the Bruins left it all on the ice. Those were the CHAMPIONS we were waiting to see. They WANTED this game and that was exactly the desire that has been missing. It was such a dominating effort in every sense of the word. It seemed like almost the entire lineup had about 20 points. Boston's leaders stepped up, their young guns stepped up and a few people who had been invisible decided enough was enough. On the back of Tim Thomas, the Bruins swept away the Leafs.
After the jump..... Domination, thy name is Bruins.....
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