Bruins enjoying excellent start

Thirty-one seasons have passed since Boston last won the Stanley Cup, so Bruins fans are a skeptical bunch.

Updated: October 27, 2003, 9:55 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Thirty-one seasons have passed since Boston last won the Stanley Cup, so Bruins fans are an understandably skeptical bunch. They've also been teased by teams far better than last season's entry that was the NHL's best through early December but was one of the worst of the second half.

So a 4-1-1 road trip and four-game winning streak, which included victories over Western Conference powers Colorado and Dallas and comeback wins over Los Angeles and Anaheim, isn't enough to convince Boston fans that this team will be different. And after Boston's lackluster 2-0 loss to Carolina on Thursday night, the 12,104 who bothered to show up at FleetCenter might consider giving up the keys to the bandwagon.

Brian Rolston
Brian Rolston leads the Bruins with five goals.
"We couldn't seem to muster the energy or the emotion we needed in order to be effective out there," Bruins rookie head coach Mike Sullivan told The Boston Globe. "It was a combination of things. We couldn't generate the energy or emotion to be effective and we played against a hungry team that plays a real conservative style and makes you work for your scoring chances. I thought early in the game we were too selective with the puck instead of simplifying the game and shooting."

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