It seems that losing the Stanley Cup Final in 2013 has only helped the Boston Bruins improve. In a season that featured many more ups than downs, the Bruins have clinched the Atlantic Division title with their win over the Washington Capitals on Mar 29.
Chad Johnson, the Bruins’ backup goaltender, made his presence known throughout the game as he recorded a stat line of 31/33, .939 SV% and two GA and secured the 4-2 victory. This brings Johnson’s overall season record to 17-3-1 including 11-0-1 in his last 12 decisions. With a one-two punch of Johnson and Tuukka Rask, the Bruins look primed to make a run in the playoffs.
Not only did Johnson perform incredibly well against the Capitals, the Bruins’ defense as a whole showed exactly what they are capable of. They limited the red-hot Capitals team, who had secured points in their last six games, to 33 shots in a game that could have easily been much worse given the desperation of the Capitals in the final period of play.
This type of performance is exactly what the Bruins will need to rely on in the playoffs, just as they have all season long up until this point.
With a veteran team with several members nearing the end of their careers, the Bruins will need to bring success to the city of Boston relatively soon. In what will likely be a quiet end of the regular season from this point on, for the Bruins at least, expect the star players to rest and get in tip-top shape for the beginning of the playoffs.
All that’s left to ask is exactly how far will the Bruins make it this season. Will they redeem themselves for last season in of winning the Stanley Cup, or will they fall to another NHL powerhouse?