Despite a slow start as the two teams felt each other out, in game one against the Rangers the 2013 Bruins finally looked like they were playing NHL hockey. This game had a classic playoff feel to it, with strong consistent defensive play and opportunistic offense.
How could the Bruins play their best defensive game of the year with three rookies replacing veterans on the blue line? If you stop and think about it, there is only one answer: team defense. Maybe it was the wake up call of almost being defeated by an inferior Leafs team, or perhaps it had to do with the style that the Rangers play, but I think it just as likely that it took the loss of those three veterans for the forwards to finally buy into playing strong, consistent team defense. For the first time in 2013 I was truly happy watching the Bruins play, and their OT win was just the icing on the cake.
Will the Bruins beat the Rangers, as they did when I was in the 7th grade so many years ago? Will they go on to win the cup? I don't know. What I do know is that they are capable of doing both, it's just a matter of getting their act together... and a little luck.