Claude Julien has his team playing some of their best hockey of the season as they head into the postseason. But a first round matchup with perennial 100-point scorer Alex Ovechkin and last year's No. 1 seed Washington Capitals should keep the Bruins on high alert, at least to kick off this playoff season.
After playing in 15 of the Bruins 17 games during the month of March, Tim Thomas was finally alotted a breather to close out the season. Thomas played in, and won, both of the games he played in April and took a much-needed break over a six-day stretch to finish off the year. A fresh Thomas should help the Bruins, at least to start off the postseason, especially considering the anticipated lengthy run back to the finals.
Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara were also given a night off, after the Bruins officially clinched the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Resting some of their core players should instill the B's with a heightened sense of focus and some fresh legs heading into the home stretch. Not to mention that the B's are likely to see both Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask return to the team during the first round.
With the fresh legs and four days off before the start of the series, the B's are hoping to capitalize on their experience and take down Washington from the get-go.
The Instigators agree, but whether the Bruins sweep or take it seven games, they'll have plenty to talk about before the game gets underway on Thursday. But you still have a chance to be a part of the conversation. Write in to have Jack, Brick and the gang answer your questions.
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