The Bruins Will Ease The Pain Of The Patriots’ Defeat
The Patriots Super Bowl Defeat Still Stings in Boston. The Bruins Will Wipe That Feeling Away
By Cam Giangrande
The Patriots' Super Bowl loss is still lingering in the air. But now Boston is turning to their other three teams to ponder which one will provide them with their next championship.
The Red Sox seem to be in a state of flux. Although they’ve won 93 games that past two seasons with two division titles to boast, does anyone really believe this team is championship ready? They fired their manager, and they’ve done nothing this off-season outside of the recent Eduardo Nunez add. And although they won’t admit it, they are pinching pennies to stay below the luxury tax. They’ve made offers to J.D. Martinez to placate their fans, but those offers aren’t in the same hemisphere of where Martinez and his agent Scott Boras wants to be.
Now, they have claimed their fallback position is Logan Morrison. This makes no sense at all. At least Martinez is an outfielder, which would allow GM Dave Dombrowski to potentially trade Jackie Bradley Jr. Morrison is a first baseman/DH type. They still have Hanley Ramirez, and re-signed Mitch Moreland. Unless they sign Morrison to platoon with Ramirez, to keep Ramirez under his plate appearance bonus, all this is bluster. Considering what the Yankees have done so far this off-season, the Sox run the risk of being irrelevant this year. They are not headed anywhere near the World Series: unless they buy a ticket. At most, the Sox may sign Jose Bautista to a two-year, 12 million dollar deal…yuck.
So let’s turn our eyes to Boston’s two winter teams and see which one is ready for another ring. Both have the fourth-best records in their respective leagues. In the NBA, the Houston Rockets (44-13), Golden State Warriors (44-14) and now the Toronto Raptors (41-16) have better records than the Celtics, who currently sit at 40-19. In the NHL, the Bruins have 78 points, while the Winnipeg Jets have 79, the Tampa Bay Lightning have 81 and the Las Vegas Golden Knights have 82.
But of the two teams, only one has a legitimate chance to win a title. They are the team who has been the best story in all of sports that nobody is talking about. I’m talking about the Bruins. Although the Celtics still have a good shot at winning the top seed in the Eastern Conference, nobody realistically sees them dethroning the Warriors.
The Bruins, however, have been on a ridiculous roll, and appear to be the best team in hockey. Their record is currently 35-13-8. They have the fewest losses in the league. They are 20-3-4 in their last 23 games, and 29-6-4 in their last 35! They are first in goals against, only giving up 2.45 goals per game. They sit at fifth in goals for, averaging 3.27 goals per game.
Goalie Tuuka Rask appears on his way to a Vezina Trophy. They have three players on pace to get 80 points: Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron is also on pace to earn 40 goals. And the Patriots aren’t the only team in town to have an ageless wonder; team captain Zdeno Chara appears to have found the fountain of youth. Not only is he playing inspired hockey this season, he actually leads the team in minutes. Maybe Tom Brady isn’t the only one eating avocado ice cream in Boston.
At this point in the season it doesn’t appear the Bruins can be stopped. Since December, they have clearly been the best team in hockey. Coaching in his first full season, Bruce Cassidy appears to be pulling all the right strings. This run has coincided with Rask being benched early in December. Overall, the team loves playing in their fast-paced style.
If they continue to play the way they have for the past three months they will win the Presidents’ Trophy for most points in a season, giving them the top seed. The only weakness this team has is at right wing, where they are thin. But even if they don’t bolster their team with the trade deadline fast approaching, the Bruins will be hoisting the Stanley Cup in June. Put your money on the black and gold winning a championship in Boston before the green do.
The Celtics’ time may be coming, but the Bruins’ time is now.
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