It is Day 2 of Around the NHL in 30 Days and it belongs to the Stanley Cup champions, the Boston Bruins. Carolina played a tough four games last season against Boston, including an embarrassing 0-7 shutout. We won one of four games and went a depressing 5 for 17 on the power play. Power playless was a trend last season I would like thrown aside like the neon leg warmers of the 80’s.
I would like to point out Jeff Skinner had the game winning goal in our only victory against Boston. Ruutu also held his own with three points each (same as did Skinner), and Jussi Jokinen managed to get two pucks past the Vezina Trophy winner, Tim Thomas.
The Canes and Bruins battle four times this season. The Hurricanes will make trips to Boston on October 18th and February 2nd and the Bruins will visit the RBC Center on October 12th and January 14th. How will we perform against the Cup Champs? Let’s see what the writers at Causeway Crowd have to say about their upcoming season…
When the 2010-11 season started, not many people were picking the Boston Bruins to hoist the Stanley Cup. However, on June 15, it was Zdeno Chara and his teammates finishing off a seventh-game win over the Vancouver Canucks to capture Boston’s first NHL championship since 1972.
This season, all eyes are on the Bruins, who bring back a majority of their championship squad, including Vezina and Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas, playoff leading scorer David Krejci, and Norris finalist Zdeno Chara. With depth at every position, a veteran presence, and skilled young players pushing for playing time, the Bruins are poised to make a run at becoming the NHL’s first back-to-back champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.