Boston Bruins show resilience, Leafs continue to roll, takeaways from Original Six matchups

The Boston Bruins celebrate a goal. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Comeback Kings

By beating the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, the Boston Bruins achieved a slice of history by recording four straight comeback wins for the first time in franchise history. And, to make it even better, all four came on the road.

One of the hallmarks of any great team is being able to overcome adversity and respond to it, and the Bruins have done that plenty this year. They lost two franchise cornerstones and two huge pieces of their defense during the offseason in Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug, while they also had to open the 2020-21 season without their most potent weapon in David Pastrnak.

However, Charlie McAvoy has elevated his game and has really stepped up on the backend, Pastrnak has returned and hasn’t missed a beat and this team seems to be playing with a chip on their shoulder when it comes to proving that their window is far from closed.

And the fact that they are able to consistently and repeatedly come back from being down, no matter how big the deficit, is a hugely encouraging sign for this team when it comes to their Stanley Cup prospects in 2020-21. They went a goal down midway through the first period against the Rangers but were patient,  bided their time and then struck at just the right time, before getting the job done in Overtime.

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Now, you don’t want to always be chasing games and being forced to come from behind in every single game, but the Boston Bruins have proved that they have character and tenacity in abundance and that will only serve them well this year, especially given the fact that they are stuck in what is a loaded and hugely competitive East Division, where there will probably be a lot more close games than in any other division.