Once thought of as Zdeno Chara and The Pips, the Boston Bruins defense corps’ members have managed to make a name for themselves since head coach Claude Julien’s system sunk in about midway through last season.
It’s rare that the Bruins have an off night in their own end, as evidenced by their league-leading average of just 2.17 goals allowed per game. Sure the goaltending has been All-Star caliber, but both Bruins puck-stoppers would be quick to tell you how much easier their lives have been made by the solid blueliners, who stick to the system and support each other up and down the ice. The backline crew also gets a lot of credit for the Bruins’ penalty kill’s improvement and climb from the bottom of the league to 10th.
Without further ado, here is my player-by-player report card for the Bruins’ defensemen: (more…)