The Boston Bruins‘ penalty kill has returned to form. After that debacle vs. the New Jersey Devils, it was only a matter if time before the Bruins got it together and did what they did so well for so long: kill penalties.
I mean, if the Bruins are not going to score goals, they had better be very good at keeping them out of their own net. The Bruins were perfect on the penalty kill against the Florida Panthers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, proving that the Bruins’ penalty kill is elite. The way the Bruins can rotate guys like Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla and Brad Marchand shows that the Bruins have well-rounded players and no one-trick ponies.
There are so many guys in the league that can only do one thing. These guys have never heard of effort, back-checking or playing blue-collar hockey. That is what makes this team special. Look for more team defense and an even better penalty kill going forward.
Other teams should look to become more well-rounded like the Bruins. Teams will often look for an offensive explosion and then forget that they are supposed to play defense, which usually ends up with them losing regardless of how many goals they end up scoring. Now if the Bruins could only improve the power play, which is still atrocious even though Torey Krug has helped improve it in recent games …