Of the Bruins 52 wins this season, only one came vs. the Rangers in four tries. It will be a big test for the Bruins but the first round always is. The first round can be cruel sometimes, when your one of 16 teams you can be just happy to be there or hungry to win more. After not making the playoffs the past two season, the Bruins might seem content to fall into the latter but according to their General Manager they want to do something special. "We came close in our first year in the league, real close, it showed us what it takes to win and we went back to that this season. We rebuit our defense and added some much needed veterans. When it comes down to it though, if we lose in round 1, it meant we weren't good enough".
So are the Bruins good enough? Many prognosticators think so. The Bruins get alot of love around the league for there size and scoring but the heart of this team is the defense. A defensive core that can hit, score and defend with the best offensive players in the league. The Rangers will be a test, Brouwer, Glencross and Kane can score with the leagues elite so Smid, Bieksa, Carlson, Franson, Gunnarsson and Grossman will need to be as good as they can be for the Bruins to be victorious. Puck drops tonight in Beantown, If the Bruins can get off to a good start, this could be a great run!