So what has helped spark the turnaround? how about sophomore superstar Tyler Seguin; has 9 goals and 8 assists in 14 games and leads the league in +/-11. Not bad for a kid taken 2nd overall last year! He got his first career hat-trick against the Leafs, Novemeber 5th and since then he hasn't slowed down, he's scored 3 game winning goals, so he's definitely helping his team when it counts! In 74, games with the Bruins in his rookie season Seguin scored 11 goals, in 14 games this season he already has 9, so he will likely break his record for goal this season! “I don’t think he was a bad player a year ago, he was just one of those guys who came into a team that had a lot of experience,” said the Bruins coach. “For him it was adapting and learning with us, but never was his skill level ever in doubt. He came back this year with a lot of confidence, a stronger player. The playoffs, which he took a lot of experience from, paid dividends. He came back this year with a lot of confidence. This year he’s capable of playing some big minutes for us.”
Now this Stanley Cup hangover might not be so far fetched, the NHL hasn't had a team repeat winning the Stanley Cup, since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1998. Remember the 2010 Cup winning Chicago Black hawks? Well they had a lackluster regular season last year, and squeaked into the playoffs in 8th before a first round elimination sent them packing. The Canucks and Bruins, the two teams that meet in the Stanley Cup final, have gotten off to quite slow start, the Canucks are in more hot water with their fans then the Bruins, but both need a strong November. An aspect for the slow starts after the Stanley Cup championships is the amount of players that have left the team; but for the Bruins chemistry shouldn't be too much of an issue, as they only lost 3 players from their cup winning team; Tomas Kaberle, Mark Recchi, and Michael Ryder.
Alright time for me to ramble on and offer my opinion now :)
I do believe in the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover, statistics don't lie, team that make it to the final 2, generally have painfully slow starts to the next season, can't deny that! But I don't believe it is all due to emotional and physical exertion from the long run to the finals, part of the owonis has to fall on the players themselves! Now I completely understand that once you achieve the greatest goal in hockey, you deserve to party and celebrate, heck I'd be going nuts, but I believe teams take it a bit to far! yes, the $150,000 bar tab is a bit ridiculous, but that's not what I'm talking about, the players party and celebrate too long, they forget they have to start playing again in October. Each player gets their own day with the cup, and I think thats awesome, but players don't spend enough time training and getting ready for the upcoming season, like their opponents do. They eat big meals, they drink as much as possible, they go visit with family and they just rest; all that is fine, but there is a time when you need to put down your Bud Light and cheese burger and get back to working out, some players just don't know or want to do it. Partly it has to do with scheduling, for fans the off season is a long and grueling time, but for players that make it all the way to the final round, it's not long enough; some players get their day with the cup days before the start of the regular season; obviously their going to party, eat and get drunk; so the schedule doesn't particularly help the champions. What many out siders forget is that the celebration lasts long after that final buzzer.
Quick note, this blog was written on Friday, so stats and stuff might have slightly changed over the weekend.