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Captain Dustin Brown leads the Kings with 2 power play goals in the playoffs (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

Captain’s Log: Playoff Edition

Leadership is an important trait for a team in the Stanley Cup playoffs.  It’s no surprise why teams looking to get over the hump are always scouring for that vet […]

by · April 27, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Uncategorized
Brad Marchand has scored 9 goals on only 20 shots in 2013. (Icon SMI)

Early Exit Could Help Boston Bruins Franchise

By Wayne Whittaker, Boston Bruins Correspondent The long season has ended, and today Bruins players picked up their gear and departed the TD Garden. When reflecting on his team’s latest […]

by · April 27, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, News/Commentary
Chara shakes hands with the winning goal scorer Ward (Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE)

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
Joose Antonen has a skill set that could see him develop into a useful and versatile player like Zack Smith (Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE)

Fun With Numbers: 2011/2012 NHL Regular Season Edition

As another NHL regular season has passed us by, hockey stat junkies everywhere have another endless sea of numbers to sift through, everything from goals to goals against, shots on […]

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Chris Kelly, Bruins spoil Braden Holtby’s impressive outing

BOSTON– The story coming out of Game 1 between the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins should have been about the performance of rookie goaltender Braden Holtby.

Chris Kelly had other plans.

Just 1:18 into overtime, Kelly scored the Bruins’ first and only goal of the game to seal the victory and take the 1-0 series lead for Boston.

by · April 13, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Uncategorized, Washington Capitals
Tim Thomas (Icon SMI)

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
Zdeno Chara (Icon SMI)

NHL Playoffs Predictions: Who Will Prevail in the East’s First Round?

There’s a certain Christmas tune that comes on the radio at just about every turn that describes the time of year that the NHL is embarking on: “It’s the most […]

by · April 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, Previews and Predictions
The Bruins and Capitals meet tonight in Boston. Photo Credit: Flickr/Slidingsideways (CC)

Capitals will present challenges for Bruins

Everyone is picking the Boston Bruins over the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. Almost unanimously, in fact.

The reason behind each of these picks is the same, too—the Capitals, essentially, aren’t the same feared team they were in years past. If you factor in Washington’s ho-hum record during the regular season and the fact that their goaltending situation is a sort of carousel that would make the Philadelphia Flyers blush, than I guess it would make sense to pick the Bruins over the Capitals.

Me? I’m not sold yet. I might not be sold at all, actually.

Nicklas Backstrom (Tom Turk / THW)

Bruins vs. Capitals Series Preview, Part II: Even-Strength

  The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals will meet Thursday in game one of their seven-game Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Caps won three of four meetings between the clubs […]

by · April 9, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Boston Bruins, Previews and Predictions, Washington Capitals
Zdeno Chara (Icon SMI)

Boston Bruins’ Bergeron and Chara Deserve Award Consideration

By Bob Mand, Contributing Editor There are really only two Boston Bruins with a decent shot at walking away with some major regular-season hardware come June: Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno […]

by · April 6, 2012 · 1 comment · Boston Bruins
Mike Milbury

Dear Mike Milbury…..

Dear Mike Milbury, Do these names ring a bell? Zdeno Chara, Wade Redden, Bryan Berard, Roberto Luongo. These are all players who you are known for trading away and making […]

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With six games remaining, some important decisions looming for Claude Julien and the Boston Bruins

It might be safe to say that out of the six Eastern Conference teams still in the hunt for the playoffs, the Boston Bruins have the most difficult schedule of remaining regular season games. The Bruins will first host the 9th seed Washington Capitals, just two points out of playoff contention before heading to New York for back-to-back games against the all-but-eliminated Islanders and a Rangers team which they’re winless against this season. After that, the Bruins will come back home to play the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins, travel to Ottawa to face the team closest to catching them for the Northeast Division lead and close out the season back in Boston against the Buffalo Sabres who are 7-1-2 in their last ten games.

A bit daunting when you think about how inconsistent the Bruins have been at times during the season, eh?

The good news is that the Bruins could potentially clinch a playoff spot in their next game with a win or overtime loss against Washington on Thursday. The bad news is that the division, along with their potential first round opponent, is far from being decided. Pair that with some tough decisions that Boston coach Claude Julien will face regarding starting goaltending and resting key players and you have to think: this will not be an easy two weeks for the Boston Bruins.

by · March 28, 2012 · 1 comment · Boston Bruins, Uncategorized