Ron & Don: Bruce Cassidy has Bruins ‘playing like a team’

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean talk about Johnny Bower, slashing penalties in the NHL, the play of the Boston Bruins as of late, the Ryan Kesler and Matthew Tkachuk fight and much more.

Don’t sleep on the Boston Bruins.

They may not have had as many highlight-reel goals as their Atlantic rivals in Tampa Bay or Toronto, but the Bruins are in good standing as we close the book on 2017 and begin the early stages of mapping out the playoff race.

Don Cherry likes what he’s seen from Boston of late, and says credit goes to … well, just about everyone.

“Believe it or not, there’s nobody in the top 38 [for points] — think about about that,” Cherry said Saturday night. “Nobody in the top 38 in scoring. That’s unbelievable.”

David Pastrnak leads the team in goals (15) and total points (33), but you’ll have to scroll down in the NHL’s overall stats sheet to see his name at No. 41, overall.

Their scoring-by-committee approach (not to mention, solid goaltending from Tuukka Rask) helped the Bruins enjoy a five-game win streak earlier this month and has them sitting third in the Atlantic — 11th in the league — despite dealing with several key injuries in the first half the season.

“That’s a team,” Cherry said. “And [Bruce] Cassidy’s got them playing like a team.”

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