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Still, the decision to give Cassidy the keys to the Bruins and for his first NHL coaching gig since 2003 was a risk and a half for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, but one that ultimately paid off as Cassidy helped lead the Bruins to an 18-8-1 record to finish the regular season and to their first playoff berth since 2014’s Presidents’ Trophy season.
We had to streak some games together, we lost a couple that we really needed, and in the end we were really pull together as a group.
As Backes said, the results did the talking in regards to Cassidy’s future in Boston, but he himself pumped the brakes when asked about any changes that the team will have to make for more success come this time next season.
We were good on the rush as well and the power play, we’ve gone back to February, and we were always a good forechecking team.”