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Closing the book on the 2011-12 Boston Bruins

Last year, I drove from Boston to Rhode Island to watch both the Eastern Conference Final and the Stanley Cup Final Game 7s. I figured that if I had the chance to watch my favorite team growing up win a championship, I would want to witness it with my dad, the person who influenced me to fall in love with this crazy sport. Of course, the Bruins won both games and I watched it all in with my dad and younger brother right beside me. Somewhere amongst the celebrations, the hugs and the complete shock, I recall my dad telling me to take everything in that’s happening, because there will never be another run quite like the one we had just saw.

Think about it: a total of 25 games including three Game 7 victories, two series of coming back from a 0-2 deficit and a first round victory that was clinched without scoring any power play goals. The 2010-11 Boston Bruins weren’t just good, they were lucky and every single fan who watched any of those games could have told you that. It was magic.

On Wednesday night, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Bruins and the Washington Capitals, that same mentality of thinking that the team was special, perhaps invincible, last year in the postseason ended up becoming the worse possible thing for every Bruins’ fan’s psyche.

by · April 26, 2012 · 1 comment · Boston Bruins
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Boston Bruins’ Anemic Attack Cause for Concern versus Caps

The Boston Bruins head to Washington following a disappointing split of their first two games against the Capitals. Both contests went to overtime and on each occasion the Black and […]

by · April 15, 2012 · 1 comment · Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals
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Bruins vs. Capitals Series Preview, Part III: Goaltending and Special-Teams

The second-seed Boston Bruins will face off against the seventh-seed Washington Capitals on Thursday in TD Garden. There, the Bruins hope to start their title-defense with a bang and the […]

by · April 10, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Previews and Predictions, Washington Capitals
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Boston Bruins Weekend Clinching Scenarios and Notes

By Bob Mand, Contributing Editor Thanks to Sid the Kid and the Pens, the Boston Bruins clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs Friday night. The Sabres loss to […]

by · March 31, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Injury Report
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Fantasy Hockey Panel: Goalie Injuries, Vezina Voting, Streaking Isles and More.

With the fantasy hockey season approaching the final stages in some leagues, the Fantasy Hockey Panel discusses which players can give managers the extra production needed at such a crucial […]

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Scorers-by-necessity: A look at secondary scorers providing first line points

Michael Ryder is having a career year with the Dallas Stars. This is a surprise, though it really shouldn’t have been.

When Ryder signed a two-year deal last summer with the Stars worth $3.5 million annually, he elevated himself from a third-line, secondary scorer on a Boston Bruins team with plenty of offensive weapons, to a first-line winger on a team that was losing star forward, Brad Richards, to free agency. Ryder was expected to become a primary scorer, a signing that would essentially have to replace the same point production that was lost when Richards left for the New York Rangers.

That’s right—Ryder, who surpassed 60 points only once, his rookie year in 2003-04 with Montreal, was supposed to replace the production of Richards, a player who’s only had one season out of ten under 60 points, an injury-plagued year in 2008-09 where he played only 56 games.

No surprise, then, that Ryder has 35 goals and 27 assists for 62 points with Dallas while Richards has 24 goals and 37 assists for 61 points with New York in the same amount of games played. Funny how that happens.

by · March 30, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, News
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Fantasy Hockey Chutes And Ladders: A Balanced Meaty Playoff Schedule….

We have survived much this fantasy hockey season but now comes the last March edition of “Chutes And Ladders”. Riding the fortunes of a fantasy hockey team can be a […]

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The Fantasy Five-Hole: Radulov’s Return, Playoff Sleepers and more

Every month, The Fantasy Five-Hole takes a look at some of the most relevant fantasy question on poolies mind.  With only 10 or 11 games remaining per team in the regular […]

by · March 20, 2012 · 1 comment · Fantasy, Nashville Predators
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Boston Bruins Fall to Seventh in East as Desperation Mounts

  By Bob Mand, Contributing Editor Well, you had to know it was coming. With an overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators claimed the lead in the […]

by · March 17, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins
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Fantasy Hockey Chutes And Ladders: Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?

We have survived much this fantasy hockey season but now comes the first March edition of “Chutes And Ladders”. Riding the fortunes of a fantasy hockey team can be a […]

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Defining the 2011-12 Boston Bruins season

It’s been difficult trying to define the 2011-12 Boston Bruins. Although most of the names are the same, this isn’t the same team from last year.

How could that be?

The Bruins have been a wildly inconsistent team. They started out struggling with a 3-7 record before absolutely dominating their opponents in the months of November and December, finishing out 2011 with a 22-3-1 record in the final two months. Then, mediocrity hit. The Bruins went 56 calendar days without back-to-back victories, playing .500 hockey, alternating wins with losses at a pace that could be described as just average. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t all that great either.

Now that the Bruins are once again on a winning streak, has anyone come any closer to finding out exactly who these Bruins really are?

by · March 9, 2012 · 2 comments · Boston Bruins
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Five Boston Bruins Who Must Step Up as the Season Winds Down

The Boston Bruins are struggling mightily right now. With a 10-12-2 mark since their last consecutive wins in mid-January, they’re all but out of the running for the top spot […]

by · March 6, 2012 · 2 comments · Boston Bruins