No. And here’s why:
As many of you know, the Bruins recently parted ways with ex-head coach Claude Julien. Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy took over the head coaching spot, and he has opened the eyes of many people.
Cassidy has been behind the Bruins bench as head coach for the last 3 games, going 3-0 with wins against the Sharks, Canucks, and Canadians. The Sharks (5th overall) and Canadians (9th overall) are both seeded higher than Boston. Not only did they beat these teams, they won by 3 or more goals. Including a shutout against the Canadians, and a 6-3 win against the Sharks.
The Bruins seem to be playing with much more energy under Cassidy. Their offense is playing much faster, and their defense is getting more involved. In the last 3 games under Cassidy the Bruins have scored 14 goals, and have only allowed 6! Before this, the Bruins only averaged 3 goals a game. Also, their defense seems to be (finally) playing actual defense, showing much more aggression and getting the puck out of their zone. Additionally, 4 out of their last 8 goals have come from defenseman. On top of that, the Bruins have scored at least 1 power play goal in each of their last 3 games. Is it possible, that Cassidy may have fixed their very inconsistent power play?
Tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST the Bruins take on the Sharks, in a very important game. Will they continue to play with a spark, or will the go back to the old, slow Bruins? Tonight may prove that the Boston Bruins may have already found a new head coach.
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