At the trade deadline, the Boston Bruins traded a 2nd round pick and a 5th round pick for Lee Stempniak. It was a trade that was widely criticized by many fans, highlighting the fact that the 33-year-old forward is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. But with the way Stempniak has been playing lately, more and more people are starting to look at the trade as a big step in the right direction.
Stempniak has 1 goal and 5 assists for 6 points in his first 4 games for the Bruins. 3 of those 6 points were scored in last nights game against the Florida Panthers, starting with this three-player effort between Stempniak, Marchand and Bergeron.
Late in the first period, Stempniak fed Bergeron a beautiful dish in a two-on-one situation, giving Bergeron his second goal of the game, and Stempniak’s second assists.
The Panthers took over in the 2nd and 3rd period, tying the game and sending it to overtime. But with only 1 minute remaining in the game, he did it again.
That’s right, Lee Stempniak sniped a short-side goal, giving the Bruins the 5-4 win in overtime. That is his 17th goal of the season.
I think it’s safe to say that Stempniak is quickly winning the hearts of Bruins fans.
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