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Boston Bruins year in review


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PRESEASON EXPECTATIONS

After losing in a tough Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks expectations were high that the Bruins would battle for at the least the Eastern Conference title and possible the Stanley Cup.

FINAL RECORD

54-19-9 117 points first in the league, Presidents Trophy winner

STRANGE STAT OF THE YEAR

The Bruins who won the Presidents trophy with the best record in Hockey were only 3-6 in shootouts. David Krejci had 42 points in Boston and only 27 points everywhere else.

HIGH POINT OF THE SEASON

The entire season really. But on March 2nd they were locked in a battle with the Penguins for the East and went on a twelve game winning streak to wrap up the East and push themselves to best record in the entire league. During the streak they outscored opponents 47-17.

LOW POINT OF THE SEASON

Up 3 games to 2 against the hated Hab's and losing the series has to be the low point. It tied the teams record with 2 losses in a row, the longest losing streak the team had all year.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

David Krejci (19-50-69) led the team in scoring. Patrice Bergeron (30-32-62) put up points and was one of the best faceoff men in the game as well as being one of the top two defensive forwards. Iginla socred 30 goals. Milan Lucic had 24 goals and 35 assists and a certain amount of nastiness. Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith were the perfect secondary scoring duo. Carl Soderberg (16-32-48) in his first year in North America was solid. Zdeno Chara (17-23-40) was nominated for a Norris Trophy. Torey Krug (14-26-40) put up amazing numbers for a number 2 d-man. Dougie Hamilton was solid. Johnny Boychuk was a plus 31. Goalie Tukka Rask was monstrous and is a finalist for the Vezina trophy. It goes on and on.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Loui Eriksson (10 goals 61 games) suffered concussion issues and played poorly. Chris Kelly (9 goals) continued to slip. Shawn Thornton was suspended for attacking Brooks Orpik. Jordan Caron (1 goal, 35 games) continued to justify his reputation as a bust. Milan Lucic making an idiot of himself in the handshake line was as classless as it gets.

MVP

Very tough, to me, no offense to Chara or Krejci, it comes down to Bergeron or Rask. I am going with Bergeron because of his complete overall game and the fact that backup goalie Chad Johnson put up almost as good numbers as Rask. Bergeron may be as complete a player in the game not named Toews or Crosby as their is.

UFAs

Jarome Iginla

Chad Johnson

Shawn Thornton

OFFSEASON QUESTION MARKS

Do you resign Iginla? Can you resign Johnson? With the leagues best record and a ridiculously good plus 84 (!)do you simply keep what you have and hope for better postseason results next year? This is a team with kids coming up everywhere and loaded with tough veterans, do you make another Seguin type of deal or do you count on the players you have?

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A phenominal regular season followed by a 2nd round loss to the hated Habs = fail. Unbelievable a team could have a season long worst losing streak of 2 games and go out that early. Chara is showing signs of age. Where was Krecji? (though his past few playoffs earn him a pass) Bergeron had an incredible season.

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