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Power Rankings: Bruins dismiss hangover talk, play like champs

by | CBSSports.com NHL Blogger

The defending Cup winners have put together a champion-type win streak. (Getty Images)  
The defending Cup winners have put together a champion-type win streak. (Getty Images)  

Updated Nov. 14

It was only a matter of time until the Boston Bruins started to win hockey games again; they were never anywhere near as bad as their 3-7 record in the month of October indicated.

That slow start, of course, resulted in the expected and inevitable "Stanley Cup hangover" talk. Now that the calendar has switched over to November, the Bruins have looked unstoppable, putting together a run of five consecutive wins over the past two weeks.

And they're not just winning games lately, they're flat out dominating teams. During their current winning streak, the Bruins have outscored their opponents by a 30-10 margin, and have not scored fewer than five goals in any of the games.

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Second-year standout Tyler Seguin, still only 19 years old, has arguably been their best player with a team-high 11 goals and 20 points, and is currently on a four-game run that's seen him rack up nine points, including seven goals and his first career hat trick during a 7-0 win in Toronto back on Nov. 5.

And it was somewhat fitting that three-goal performance came in Toronto. After all, it was the Maple Leafs who enabled Boston to select Seguin with the No. 2 overall pick last year by trading that selection (as well as two others picks) to the Bruins prior to the 2009-10 season for Phil Kessel.

The Bruins' recent run has been enough to launch them back into the top 10 of this week's rankings, and with games against Columbus and the Islanders in the coming week, it's possible they could continue their climb.

Meanwhile the top-three gets a bit of a shakeup as Pittsburgh and Chicago move into the top two spots, while we finally have a new team take over at No. 30.


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