Who will defeat the Bruins?

Who will defeat the Bruins?


A three-goal lead in the middle of a game is no guarantee of success against the Boston Bruins, even when the opponent has Sidney Crosby in their ranks. < /p>

Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins understood why their rivals of the day occupy the top of the general classification of the National Hockey League. The Massachusetts squad erased a 5-2 deficit thanks to goals from Brad Marchand, Pavel Zacha and Taylor Hall, who threaded the needle with 1:17 to go in the third period. Then, Hampus Lindholm completed the Bruins' spectacular push into overtime to lead them to a 6-5 win.

How to explain the successes of head coach Jim Montgomery's men this season? Few predicted them nine triumphs, including six in a row, in their first 10 duels. In the eyes of the players concerned, the recipe is very simple: work and determination.

“The cliché is if you keep believing, you keep playing,” Hall told the club's official website. I think that's right, we weren't defeated yet. […] So this is a huge victory and it is not because of a lack of confidence. Rather, it shows that we don't stop working hard even with a deficit of three goals.”

“It's really good to see all this perseverance, added Lindholm. The guys work for each other. […] We know that we are betting on players who can score. You just have to not let go. You never want to end up behind against a club like Pittsburgh, but it takes a lot of character to come back like that.

Montgomery is obviously happy with what he sees despite the troubles his team has at times, like those in the first half of the matchup in Pittsburgh.

“I'm sitting here and thinking to myself that 'we produce scoring opportunities. I love the fighting spirit of this team, he praised. There were about nine minutes on the clock. It may not have been our night, but in fact it was.”

Ullmark plays luck

So the Bruins' color carriers have gone from one extreme to another, starting with Linus Ullmark. The goaltender was replaced by Jeremy Swayman after conceding the Penguins' fifth goal, except he returned to the rink when his teammate suffered a lower-body injury. Ultimately, his 29 total saves allowed him to become the first masked man in the franchise since Tim Thomas in 2010-11 to win seven straight decisions to start a campaign.

“That says a lot and shows what kind of group we have, as well as the confidence we have in ourselves. We can never be counted out and shouldn't be counted for our part as well, Ullmark said. It's hockey. Sometimes you get a shutout and other times you get kicked out of the game. This league demands humility.”

Boston will have two good challenges to end the week with visits to the New York Rangers on Thursday and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday being at the hourly. The first of these duels will be broadcast on the TVA Sports channel.