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Biggest reason for Boston's success so far (individual)

View Poll Results: Biggest reason for Boston's success so far (individual)?
Savard 2 5.41%
Kessel 14 37.84%
Krejci 0 0%
Chara 1 2.70%
Thomas 12 32.43%
Julien 6 16.22%
Other (who?) 2 5.41%
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12-14-2008, 12:31 PM
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Biggest reason for Boston's success so far (individual)

Whos making the biggest difference this year?

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12-14-2008, 12:32 PM
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The emergence of Phil Kessel.

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12-14-2008, 12:33 PM
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The emergence of Phil Kessel.
Are his 19 goals and 12 assists that much better than Krejci's 8 goals and 21 assists?

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12-14-2008, 12:48 PM
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I voted other and here's why:

Each and every one of the players (and coach) listed have something to do with the Bruins' resurgence, but the key factor isn't even on the list, and that's the return (healthy) of Patrice Bergeron, allowing Boston to have two top notch offensive lines instead of only relying on Savard's.

I'd go further by saying that replacing Murray's old legs with Ryder was also a contributing factor.

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Are his 19 goals and 12 assists that much better than Krejci's 8 goals and 21 assists?
Or Savard's 8 goals 26 assists? Or Thomas' .938 SV% and 1.96 GAA? Or hell, even Fernandez's .924 SV% and 2.07 GAA?

I voted Thomas, but it's really hard to pick 1 guy. Kessel, Krejci, Savard, Thomas, Bergeron, Chara, Ryder, Lucic, everything is just clicking for Boston at once.

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Biggest reason = Chara
Smallest = Kessel


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It's not just one player.

In my eyes, its the emergence of our young talent - Kessel, Krejci, Lucic, Wheeler, and Hunwick. Kessel is turning into a superstar, and is our leading goal-scorer by far. He's found amazing chemistry with Savard and Lucic on the first line. Besides Lucic's success on the first line, he is a force in other aspects of the game. He's emerging into a top power-forward. Krejci is one of our all-around best players and his hockey sense is phenomenal. We didn't expect Wheeler to play much this to this point in the NHL, but he's put up 9 goals so far, and has found some great chemistry on a line with Ryder and Krejci. Hunwick was called up to fill in on D, and he's turned into arguably our best offensive defenseman (besides Wideman).

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A pretty easy Dec schedule doesn't hurt.

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Kessel's breakout year is a big reason but the fact they are getting strong play out of both Thomas and Fernandez in goal helps a great deal as well.

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The Bruins are a good story. Lots of highly skilled youth beginning to emerge, plus solid goaltending. The big question for this season is will the youth stay consistent enough to make a long run, but for the long term, it looks like the Bruins ought to be a contender for a while.

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it's been a total team effort and that may be due to claude juliens systems but if i had to chose one player it would be tim thomas every single time

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Homer pick:

Goalies. I'm a goalie myself and I just love seeing two goalies consistently play great. Bruins head coach knows when to use the right goalie and they play great each time.

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To me it start at the top...

The combo of Julien/Chiarelli/Neely/Sweeney/Bradley have done more for this organization in the past two seasons than the old regime did in a decade.

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Other- It's a total team effort.

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I don't understand how Thomas is winning this (as of now). Fernandez has 9 of the Bruins' 21 wins ... Thomas is playing well, but has only factored in 12 wins so far.

I voted Julien. He identified what lines weren't working and changed them up, creating two lines that are scoring at a very good pace, and he's done a great job of juggling two goalies that are both playing like #1s. Julien is who I credit the team's success to.

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