As the 2010-11 NEFHL season prepares for playoff madness, the Boston Bruins look to do what no Bruins team has done yet, win it all. The 2009-10 Bruins came within one game of winning it all, before them the 2005-2006 Bruins made it all the way but fell in 5 games to the Colorado Avalanche. So what makes this year edition of the Bruins better than the rest? Five veterans who have a combined 2,262 regular season games and 224 playoff games under their collective belts.
I'm talking about Henrick Zetterberg, Martin St. Louis, Jarome Iginla, Dan Boyle and Tomas Vokoun. "They are the Bruins" said coach Guy Boucher when asked what made the Bruins the class of the East. "The additions of Iggy, Boyle and MSL in the off season was huge, they really gave Z and VKunt the support needed to take this team to the next level". And they are at the next level, with 11 games left they only need 1 win to match last seasons impressive record, their 4th in GF, 8th in GA, 6th in PP, 5th in PK and sit with the second best record in the NEFHL.
For now the Bruins will try to rest up and prepare for what they know will be grind. "Having alot of guys with experience will be huge for us, when the series is on the line it will be nice to be able to look down the bench and see so many guys who can play under pressure" said Zetterberg, "yeah, so many grey beards" joked VKunt as he walked by Z in the hall. With a tight playoff race for 8th in the Eastern Conference the Bruins won't know who they will face most likely right up until the last game of the regular season is in the books, but they say thats ok "Whoever it is better be ready, the regular season has been a warmup, the real season begins in game 1".