Improvement seems to be the word going from play to player to coach to player. After being eliminated in the first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs, I would definitely agree that you can only improve for the next season. Knowing that the Bruins will have all summer to prepare for the 2012-2013 season rather than playing for their second consecutive Stanley Cup is hard but it’s a lesson learned.
I think what is hardest for the Bruins players and fans alike to take is that first round series was our to take and we let it slip away becoming the 12th straight champion team unable to defend the title the next season.
“A lot of thinking about lost opportunity,” Rich Peverley said. “That’s the way I’m looking at it. We had a really good opportunity in my opinion to go far and even have a chance. So it’s very unfortunate, and I guess you learn from these events.”(Via Bruins)
Peverley was one of the bright spots of the B’s roster during their brief playoff run finishing with 3 goals and 2 assists. But clearly there was room for …you guessed it improvement with the team as a whole.
One player that definitely could have made a bigger spark in the playoff run was Milan Lucic
“Maybe I put too much pressure on myself or something like that, but definitely not happy with the way that I’ve played in the playoffs and hopefully I can figure that out” Lucic said. I definitely have a lot of time here to think about it in the summer here so like I said think about it, try to figure out to get back to that playoff player that I used to be.”(Via Bruins)
If there is one thing that needs to be IMPROVED, it’s the power play. In the 7 games against the Capitals, the B’s were 2 for 23 on the power play. This lack of power play authority in the playoffs is something that the B’s are accustomed too and that is not a good thing. But with the summer comes room for change and hopefully a new outlook.
There really is no better way to end this post then this:
“We have to tell the Stanley Cup winner this year that the Cup is on loan” -Jeremy Jacob (Via NHLBruins)