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Boston Bruins: Better Than Last Year?

In Sports on December 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Bruins Forward Tyler Seguin Handles the puck behind the Toronto net in a 6-3 Boston win.

Bernard ’14

As most can remember, the Boston Bruins shocked the hockey world by winning the Stanley Cup in Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks. But the 82 games before the playoffs defined the team that accomplished so much. The Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens in a thilling seven game series. Game 7 was won in overtime by Boston. The Bruins then would move on to face the Philadelphia Flyers, who shocked the Bruins by overcoming a 3-0 series deficit in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 2011 was a different story as the Bruins swept the Flyers in four games. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bruins faced the Tampa Bay Lightning and won the series in another Game 7 in Boston. The Bruins were on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. The Bruins lost the first two games of the series, but won Games 3 and 4. Vancouver won Game 5. The Bruins won Game 6 in Boston, then made the long flight to Vancouver for Game 7, which Boston won 4-0. The Bruins were not expected to make it this far in the playoffs, but defied the odds and kept on winning.

Despite a dreaded Stanley Cup hangover in October, which resulted in a 3-7 record and at the time put the Bruins in last place in the Eastern Conference, things turned around in November and Early December. The Bruins lost 1 game in the month of November in a shootout to the Detroit Red Wings, one of the best teams in the NHL. Even though the Bruins lost their last two games, one to Winnipeg Jets and a nerve racking game against the second place Florida Panthers, the Bruins have the NHL’s highest goal differential with +35. The Bruins have arguably the best duo of goaltenders in the NHL, veteran Tim Thomas and young star Tuukka Rask. The Bruins also have a strong defense and some of the best rising stars on offense, Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin. At their current pace the Bruins will finish the season with 130 points. This is highly unlikely but anything can happen, as the Bruins proved last year.

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