Originally written on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 4/3/12

RALEIGH, NC - MAY 12: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 12, 2009 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes 4-2. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)


Last season, the Boston Bruins rode Tim Thomas's consistent stellar goaltending all the way to a division title and more importantly, a Stanley Cup. This season, the Bruins have been anything but consistent. While the Bruins have won their second straight Northeast Division title, the team will have done it a rather inconsistent fashion.

To begin the season the Bruins were absolutely terrible. Yes, they may have been dealing with a "Cup hangover" but in the end, they simply played terrible hockey in starting.
On October 27, the Bruins woke up with the fourth worst record in the entire NHL. The team was struggling to score goals, had trouble winning one-goal games and just were not producing enough to win hockey games.
Then, something happened and the Bruins turned things around in a hurry. The Bruins went undefeated in the month of November and quickly took back the top spot in the Northeast Division and looked like the Cup Champions that they were the season before.
The months of December, January, February, and March had more ups than downs for the Bruins but for the most part, they were extremely inconsistent. At one point the Ottawa Senators were within two points of the Northeast Division lead but luckily for the Bruins, the Senators went on a losing streak of their own.
With that said, even though the team has been inconsistent, they have had some good things occur this season. The team has six players over the 50-point mark (Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin), have gotten solid goaltending from Tim Thomas (34-19-1, 2.36 GAA, .921 save percentage and 5 shutouts) and Tuukka Rask (11-8-3, 2.05 GAA, and 3 shutouts) until he got hurt, and are in the top 10 in the NHL in goals for and goals against.
However, when it comes to the postseason, consistency is everything. The team will need consistent scoring, consistent goaltending and will obviously need to play a consistent brand of winning hockey.
Can the Bruins find enough consistency to make a run at their second straight Stanley Cup?
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