1924/25: On November 1st the Boston Bruins made their debut as the first American team in the NHL defeating the Montreal Maroons at home 2-1. However, success would not be common for the first year Bruins as they lost their next 11 games on the way to finishing in last place with a 6-24 record.
1925/26: In their second season the Bruins get off to a terrible start going winless in their first 15 games. However, the team would gel down the stretch and would win 17 of their final 21 games to finish with a 17-5-4 record, food enough for fourth place.
1926/27: Defenseman Eddie Shore asserts himself as an instant force in his first season with the Bruins. Led by Shore the Bruins would make the playoff for the first time by finishing second in the American Division with a 21-20-3 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would play some of their best hockey of the season advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals by beating the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers in total goal series. However, in the Finals the Bruins would go through a scoring drought as they fall to the Ottawa Senators in a four-game series in which the Bruins could only muster two ties.
1927/28: Led by Goalie Hal Winkler who posts 15 shutouts in 44 games the Bruins win their first division title with a solid 20-13-11 record. However, in the semifinals the Bruins would be stunned by the New York Rangers in a two-game total goal series 5-2 allowing four goals on home ice in Game 2.
1928/29: On November 20th the Bruins open the Boston Garden by losing to the Montreal Canadiens 1-0. However, it was just a minor setback as the Bruins won their division for the second straight season with a 26-13-5 record. In the semifinals the Bruins would get revenge for opening night by sweeping the Canadiens in 3 straight, led by two shutouts from Goalie Tiny Thompson. In the first All-American Stanley Cup Finals the Bruins claim their first championship by beating the New York Rangers in two straight games.
1929/30: Coming off their first Stanley Cup Championship the Bruins dominate the NHL finishing with a league-best 38-5-1 record. Along the way enjoying a 14-game winning streak as Cooney Weiland leads the league in scoring. In the playoffs the Bruins continued to roll as they knocked off the Montreal Maroons three games to one. However, in the finals they would lose two straight games for the first time all season falling to the Montreal Canadiens.
1930/31: The Bruins continue their dominance of the American Division finishing in first place for the fourth straight year with a 28-10-6 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would lose in heartbreaking fashion losing to the Montreal Canadiens in overtime of Game 5.
1931/32: In a year of disappointments for the Bruins, Dutch Gainor, is traded away for a player, Joe Jerwa, who doesn’t play a game all season in a Bruins uniform, as the Bruins finish in last place with a disappointing 15-21-12 record.
1932/33: The Bruins rebound behind Vezina winning goalie Tiny Thompson and Hart Trophy winner Eddie Shore to the American Division Championship with a 25-15-8 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would fall in a fifth game overtime again losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a series that included four overtime games including the longest game in NHL history at 104 minutes.
1933/34: In a season he would like to forget Eddie Shore sits out the first game holding out for a $7,500 contract. However, things would get worse when he returned as he is suspended 16-games after a vicious hit land on Ace Bailey ends the Toronto Maple Leafs star’s career. Without Shore the Burins would fall into last place with an 18-25-5 record.
1934/35: Eddie Shore returns and wins the Hart Trophy as the Bruins rebound to recapture the American Division with a 26-16-6 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would fall to the Toronto Maple Leafs in four games.
1935/36: Tiny Thompson remain the rock of Gibraltar in net as he starts all 50 games while recording the first two assist ever by a goalie, during a 22-20-6 season in which the Bruins finish in second place. However, the Bruins playoff failure would continue as they usually reliable Thompson is rocked by eight goals in Game 2 of a total Goal series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1936/37: Despite the loss of Eddie Shore for the season the Bruins make the playoffs by finishing in second place with a 23-18-7 record. However, once again the Bruins would be tripped up right away falling to the Montreal Maroons in a three-game series.
1937/38: With Tiny Thompson winning the Vezina and Eddie Shore winning the Hart Trophy the Bruins dominate the NHL all season finishing with a league best 30-11-7 record. However, in the playoffs the Burins would be knocked off quickly as they are swept by the Toronto Maple Leafs in three straight games.
1938/39: In a shocking move Tiny Thompson is sold to the Detroit Red Wings early in the season as Frankie Brimsek takes over in net. Brimsek as a spectacular rookie season winning both the Calder Trophy and Vezina as the Bruins finish at top the seven-team league with a 31-12-5 record. In the semifinals the Bruins rely on Mel Hill who scores three overtime goals including one in Game 7 to knock off the New York Rangers. In the finals, things would go much easier as the Bruins won their second Stanley Cup by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games.
1939/40: Despite the trade of Eddie Shore the Bruins finish with regular season title again with a 31-12-5 record, as Milt Schmidt, Woody Dumart, and Bob Bauer finish 1-2-3- in the league in scoring. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would be knocked off by the New York Rangers in six games.
1940/41: The Bruins dominate the NHL again losing just one game between January and March to finish with a 27-8-13 record, as Bill Cowley lead the league in scoring while winning the Hart Trophy. In the semifinals the Bruins would rally from a 3-2 deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games. In the finals the Bruins would find thing much easier as they swept the Detroit Red Wings in four straight games to win their second Cup in three years.
1941/42: World War II begins, and the Bruins lose numerous key players to the war, including the famous Kraut Line of Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart. Without their top offensive line, the Bruins fall to third place with a 25-17-6 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would squeeze by the Chicago Blackhawks in three games, before being swept by the Detroit Red Wings in two straight games in the semifinals.
1942/43: Depleted by World War II the Bruins sign 16-year-old Bep Guidolin, who joins the team as the youngest player in the history of the NHL. With the “Sprout Line” of Bill Shill, Don Gallinger and Guidolin leading the way the Bruins finish in second place with a 24-17-9 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would advance to the finals by knocking off the Montreal Canadiens in five games. However, in the finals they would be swept aside by the Detroit Red Wings in four straight games.
1943/44: Herb Cain wracks up 82 points to break the record formerly held by Cooney Weiland. However, Goalie Frank Brimsek is lost to the Coast Guard for the duration of the war, and Bert Gardiner struggles in net with a 5.17 GAA, as the Bruins miss the playoffs by finishing in fifth place with a 19-26-5 record.
1944/45: Still ravaged by war the Bruins struggle again to finish with an awful 16-30-4 record. However, by finishing 4th they still manage to qualify for the playoffs. In the playoffs the Bruins would show some unexpected spark as they jumped out to a 3-1 series lead over the Detroit Red Wings. However, the Wings would rally to win the next three games eliminating the Bruins in seven games.
1945/46: Frank Brimsek and the Kraut Line of Milt Schmidt, Bobby Bauer and Woody Dumart, return from the war, as the Bruins finish in second place with a 24-18-8 record. In the playoffs the now fully armed Bruins would knock off the Detroit Red wings in five games. However, in the Finals the Bruins would fall in five games themselves to the Montreal Canadiens.
1946/47: The Kraut Line once again led the team in scoring, as the Bruins finish in third place with a record of 26-23-11. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would be knocked out by the Montreal Canadiens in five games.
1947/48: Age begins to catch up with Bruins as Bobby Bauer retires, and the Bruins post a losing record at 23-24-13 finishing in third place. In the playoffs it would be a quick exit as the Bruins are buried by the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games.
1948/49: In celebration of the team’s 25th anniversary the Bruins debut new uniforms featuring the now familiar Spoked B. With another solid season from Frank Brimsek who fought through the tragic death of his young son, the Bruins finish in second place with a 29-23-8 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would be upended quickly by the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games.
1949/50: Jack Gelineau takes over between the pipes for all but three games of the regular season and earns the Calder Trophy. However, the Bruins lose 10 of their final 13 games and finishing in fifth place with a 22-32-16 record, missing the playoffs for the first time in six years.
1950/51: Milt Schmidt leads the team in scoring with 61 points and brings home the Hart Trophy as the league MVP, as the Bruins sneak into the playoffs by finishing in fourth place with a 22-30-18 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would be knocked out by the Toronto Maple Leafs four games to one in a series that also included a 1-1 tie.
1951/52: Both Woody Dumart and Milt Schmidt score the 200th goals of their careers. The third member of the Kraut line, Bobby Bauer, comes out of retirement for the March 18th game to help Schmidt achieve his 200th goal. The Bruins would go on to finish in fourth place with a 25-29-16 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would give the Montreal Canadiens all they could handle before falling in seven games.
1952/53: With Sugar Jim Henry posting a solid 2.46 GAA the Bruins finish in third place with a 28-29-13 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would play some of their best hockey all season as they stunned the Detroit Red Wings in 6 games. However, in the finals the Bruins would be rolled over by the Montreal Canadiens in 5 games.
1953/54: The Bruins lead the league in penalty minutes with 685, as they finish in fourth place with a 23-28-10 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins who were playing without Bill Quackenbush and Real Chevrefils are swept by the Montreal Canadiens.
1954/55: The remaining two members of the famous Kraut Line, Woody Dumart and Milt Schmidt, hang up their skates, as the Bruins finish in fourth place and make the playoffs despite a losing record at 23-26-21. In the playoffs the Bruins would be bounced by the Montreal Canadiens in five games.
1955/56: The Bruins struggle to score all season, as they score a league low 147 goals while being shut out 11 times and missing the playoffs by finishing in fifth place with a 23-34-13 record.
1956/57: Despite losing goalie Terry Sawchuck to mono, and the retirement of Hal Laycoe and Bill Quackenbush the Bruins make the playoffs by finishing in third place with a solid 34-24-12 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would make the finals by stunning the Detroit Red Wings in five games. However, in the finals the Bruins would score just six goals as they are dominated by the Montreal Canadiens in five games.
1957/58: The Bruins make history on January 18th when Willie O’Ree the first black man in the NHL, plays his first game. O’Ree would only play two games that season and 45 games in his career, but his contribution would be remembered for season to come. The integrated Bruins would make the playoffs by finishing in fourth place with a 27-25-15 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would reach the finals by knocking off the New York Rangers in six games, in the final two games the Bruins offense exploded for 14 goals. However, they would hit a brick wall in the finals, as they are beat by the Montreal Canadiens in six games.
1958/59: Five Bruins record hat tricks as the team finishes in second place with a respectful 32-29-9 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would fall in the first round in a hard fought seven game series to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1959/60: Bronco Horvath enjoys a 22-game point scoring streak, finishing second in the NHL in scoring. However, the Bruins struggle down the stretch and miss the playoff by three points with a 28-34-8 record.
1960/61: The Bruins struggle all season winning just two games on the road during the season while allowing the most goals in the league at 254 and finishing in last place with an awful 15-42-13 record.
1961/62: The Bruins stumble out of the gate losing the first eight games. In addition, the Bruins would also suffer a 20-game winless streak as they missed the playoffs by finishing in last place with a 15-47-8 record. With an eye on the future the Bruins sign 14-year old Bobby Orr to a developmental deal.
1962/63: The Bruins struggle continue as they finish in last place for the third year in row with a pathetic 14-39-17 record, while a league high allowing 287 goals.
1963/64: The Bruins continue to reside in the NHL basement failing to win 29 games again with an 18-40-12 record.
1964/65: The Bruins start the season in the hole again with going winless through their first nine games, as they finished in last for the fourth straight season with a 21-43-6 record.
1965/66: The Bruins would manage to escape the basement as the finished with a 21-43-6 record for the second year in a row but miss the playoffs for the eighth straight season.
1966/67: Defenseman Bobby Orr makes his debut as he finishes third in scoring for the Bruins with 41 points and earns the Calder Trophy. However, the Bruins would fall back into last place with a 17-43-10 record.
1967/68: In the first season of expansion the Bruins make the playoffs for the first time in ten years by finishing in third place in the Eastern Division with a 37-27-10 record, as Bobby Orr wins his first Norris Trophy. However, in the playoffs the inexperienced Bruins would be swept in four straight games by the Montreal Canadiens.
1968/69: With Phil Esposito winning the Hart Trophy while leading the league in scoring and Bobby Orr taking his second straight Norris Trophy the Bruins post 100 points for the first time in franchise history as they finish in second place with a solid 42-18-16 record. In the first round the Bruins would sweep away the Toronto Maple Leafs in four straight games. However, in the semifinals the Bruins would fall to the Montreal Canadiens in six games.
1969/70: Bobby Orr has one of the most dominant seasons in NHL history as he wins the league scoring title with 87 assists, and Hart Trophy while winning his third straight Norris Trophy, as the Bruins finish in second Place with a 40-17-19 record. In the first round the Bruins would struggle with the New York Rangers as they split the first four games. However, the Bruins would straighten out and win the next 2. In the semifinals the Bruins would easily oust the Chicago Blackhawks scoring 20 goals in a four-game sweep. In the finals the Bruins would dominate the St. Louis Blues winning the first three games by a combined score of 16-4. With their first cup in 29 years in reach the Bruins were taken to overtime. However, the game would be decided quickly as Bobby Orr, who would win the Conn Smythe trophy scored the game winner by flying through the air, 40 seconds into overtime.
1970/71: The Bruins set 37 individual and team NHL records, as they finish in first place for the first time in 30 years with a 57-14-7 record, as Bobby Orr wins his 3rd straight Norris, and his second straight Hart Trophy. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would be knocked off by their nemesis the Montreal Canadiens in seven games.
1971/72: The Bruins dominance continues as Bobby Orr wins the Norris and Hart again while finishing in first place with a 54-13-11 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would knock off the Toronto Maple Leafs in five games, before sweeping the St. Louis Blues in four straight games to reach the Finals. In the Finals it was all Bruins again as they won their second Stanley Cup in three years by beating the New York Rangers in six games, as Bobby Orr, once again round out his hardware collection by claiming the Conn Smythe Award.
1972/73: Bobby Orr wins his fourth straight Norris Trophy as the Bruins finish in second place with a solid 51-22-5 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would be upended by the New York Rangers in five games.
1973/74: Phil Esposito compiles 145 points to win the scoring title for the fourth consecutive year, as he takes home his second career Hart Trophy, while Bobby Orr wins his fifth straight Norris Trophy, as the Bruins finish in first place with a league best 52-17-9 record. In the first round the Bruins would quickly sweep away the Toronto Maple Leafs in four straight games before ousting the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. However, in the finals the Bruins would be stunned by the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.
1974/75: Bobby Orr wins the scoring title with 135 points while wining his eighth consecutive Norris Trophy for his defensive work, as the Bruins finish in second place in the 40-26-14 record. However, in the expanded playoffs the Bruins would be knocked off by the Chicago Blackhawks in the preliminary round in a three-game series.
1975/76: Bobby Orr undergoes two knee operations and is limited to just ten games, including his last in a Bruins uniform. The injury forced the Bruins into trading for defensive help, and that meant trading Phil Esposito the New York Rangers for Brad Park and Jean Rattelle. The trade helped the Bruins immensely as they lose just ten games after the November deal while winning the Adams Division with 48-15-17 record. After a first Round Bye the Bruins would be pushed to the limit by the Los Angeles Kings before winning the series in Game 7. However, in the semis the Bruins would be knocked out by the Philadelphia Flyers in five games.
1976/77: With Jean Ratelle leading the team in scoring the Bruins win the Adams Division with a 49-23-8 record. In the playoffs after a first-round bye the Bruins would beat the Los Angeles Kings in a high scoring six game series. In the semifinals the Bruins would sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in four straight games, winning two key road games in overtime. However, in the Finals the Bruins would be swept by the Montreal Canadiens that set records for wins and points during the season.
1977/78: Terry O’Reilly becomes the first player in NHL history to finish with 200 or more penalty minutes and finish in the top ten in scoring, as he leads the Bruins with 90 points, as the Bruins win the Adams Division with a 51-18-11 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would make the Finals for the second year in a row by sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks and beating the Philadelphia Flyers in five games. However, in the Finals the Bruins would be beaten by the Montreal Canadiens in six games.
1978/79: The Bruins are not shut out the entire season, as they win the Adams Division again with a 43-23-14 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would make the semifinals by sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins in four straight games. However, facing the Montreal Canadiens in the semis the Bruins would fall in seven games losing the decisive seventh game in overtime, after the Habs tied the game on power play following a too many men on the ice penalty.
1979/80: The Bruins draft Ray Bourque, who sets the NHL record for most points by a rookie defenseman with 65, winning the Calder Trophy. After finishing in second place in the Adams Division with a 46-21-13 record, the Bruins survive a five-game series with Pittsburgh Penguins by scoring 14 goals in the final two games. However, in the second round the Bruins would by knocked off by the New York Islanders in five games.
1980/81: Olympic hero Jim Craig is acquired from the Calgary Flames and impresses at first with a seven-game unbeaten streak. However, the rest of the way he would be plagued by inconstancy as the Bruins finish in second place with a 37-30-13 record. However, in the playoffs Craig would play awful hockey as the Bruins are outscored 20-13 in a three-game sweep.
1981/82: Led by Rick Middleton who scores 51 goals the Bruins finish in second place again with a solid 43-27-10 record. In the Adams Division first Round the Bruins knocked off the Buffalo Sabres in four games, before losing to the Quebec Nordiques in seven games.
1982/83: The Bruins acquire goaltender Pete Peters, who wins the Vezina Trophy while posting a nine-game winning streak and a 31-game undefeated streak with 26 wins, as the Bruins finish with a league best 50-20-10 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would oust the Quebec Nordiques in four games. However, in the Adams Division Finals the Bruins would be pushed to the limit by the Buffalo Sabres before winning Game 7 in overtime. However, in the Wales Conference Finals the Bruins would be sent away by the New York Islanders in six games.
1983/84: Ray Bourque becomes only the sixth defenseman in history to score 30 goals, as the Bruins win the Adams Division with a 49-25-6 record. However, in the playoffs he would be shut down as the Bruins score just two goals while being swept by the Montreal Canadiens in three straight games.
1984/85: The Bruins score more than 300 goals for the 15th consecutive season but fall to fourth place with a 36-34-10 record. IN the playoffs the Bruins would be bounced by their nemesis the Montreal Canadiens again losing a 1-0 heartbreaker in Game 5.
1985/86: Injuries lead to assistant coach Mike Millbury returning to the ice for 22 games as the Bruins finish in third place with a 37-31-12 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would be swept in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens in three straight games.
1986/87: Ray Bourque wins the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman and scores his 600th career point, as the Bruins overcome early struggles and a coaching change to make the playoffs for the 20th season in a row with a 39-34-7 record. However, once again the Bruins would be swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round this time in four games under the new format.
1987/88: In a classy move on December 3rd, Ray Bourque changes his number from 7 to 77, so that number 7 could be raised to the rafters for Phil Esposito. The Bruins would go on to finish in second place with a 44-30-6 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would get past the Buffalo Sabres in six games in the first round to set up another meeting with Montreal Canadiens in the Adams Division Finals. The Bruins would finally get the albatross off their neck in the Division Finals as they beat the Montreal Canadiens, for the first time in 45 years, in five games, winning four straight games after being blown out 5-2 in Game 1. In the Wales Finals the Bruins would hold off the pesky New Jersey Devils in 7 games. However, in the Stanley Cup Finals the Bruins would be dominated by hey are doubled up by the Edmonton Oilers in the first three games. In Game 4 trying to stave off elimination the Bruins and Oilers are tied 3-3 when an already foggy Boston Garden experience a power failure that ends the game. Two days later the Bruins would be doubled again losing 6-3 in Edmonton.
1988/89: When leading going into the third period, the Bruins are 29-1-0 on the season, as they finish in second place with a 37-29-14 record. In the first round the Bruins would have no trouble beating the Buffalo Sabres in five games. However, in the Adams Final the Bruins would fall to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.
1989/90: The Bruins allow the fewest goals in the league, and Ray Bourque wins the Norris Trophy as the Bruins win the Presidents Trophy with a 46-25-9 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would barely survive a seven-game challenge form the Hartford Whalers in the first round. In the Adams Finals the Bruins would find things easier as they knocked off the Montreal Canadiens in five games. The Bruins would find things even easier in the Wales Final as they sweep the Washington Capitals in four straight games. However, in the Stanley Cup Finals the Bruins would drop Game 1 in a third overtime to the Edmonton Oilers and never recover losing the series in five games.
1990/91: It is another successful season for the Bruins as they win their Division again with a solid record of 44-24-12, as Ray Bourque wins the Norris Trophy again. In the playoffs the Bruins would sink the Hartford Whalers in six games before surviving a seven-game war with the Montreal Canadiens to reach the Wales Conference Finals. However, the Bruins quest to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals in ended by the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. Making the loss more painful is that Cam Neely suffers serve injury on a cheap shot from Penguins enforcer Ulf Samuelson.
1991/92: Coming off his playoff injury Cam Neely plays just nine games as the Bruins are forced to acquire Adam Oates in the search for more offense. The deal would work out as the Bruins finished in second place with a 36-32-12 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would nearly blow a 3-1 series beating the Buffalo Sabres in seven games. In the Division Finals the Bruins would find things easier sweeping the Montreal Canadiens in four straight games. However, in the Wales Finals they would be swept themselves by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
1992/93: Injuries limit Cam Neely to 13 games, but the Bruins win the Adams Division by winning their last eight games to finish with a 51-26-7 record. However, in the first round the Bruins would be tripped up by the Buffalo Sabres as they are swept in four straight games, losing three games in overtime.
1993/94: Cam Neely is limited to 49 games but scores 50 goals in his first 44 games, as the Bruins finish in 2nd Place in the newly aligned Northeast Division. In the first round the Bruins would rally back after a deviating loss in Game 5 to beat the Montreal Canadiens in seven games. The Bruins would stay hot in the second round as they beat the Devils twice on the road in New Jersey. However, the Devils would return the favor in Boston, and would go on to win the series in six games.
1994/95: After a three-month lockout the season is reduced to 48 games as the Bruins finish in third place with a 27-18-3 record, in the final year of hockey at the historic Boston Garden. However, the playoffs the Bruins would be knocked out quickly as they are beaten by the New Jersey Devils in five games, being shut out three times along the way.
1995/96: The Bruins open the season in their new home, the Fleet Center, with a 4-4 tie against the New York Islanders in which Cam Neely scores a hat trick. Neely would lead the team in goals with 26 as the Bruins finished in 2nd place with a 40-31-11 record. However, the Bruins would be stunned in the playoffs by the three-year-old Florida Panthers in five games. Following the season Neely who had been plagued with injures since the 1991 playoffs retires.
1996/97: The Bruins struggle all year to find someone to play goal trying six different goalies out as they finish in last place with a 26-47-9 record, missing the playoffs for the first time in 30 years.
1997/98: In an off-season trade, the Bruins acquire forward Dmitri Khristich and goaltender Byron Dafoe from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Sandy Moger, Jozef Stumpel and a 1998 draft pick. Dafoe solves the Bruins problems in goaltending as the Bruins rebound to finish in second place with a 39-30-13 record. However, in the playoffs it would be a quick exit as they are tripped up by the Washington Capitals in six games.
1998/99: Byron Dafoe enjoys one of the best seasons ever by a Bruins goaltender, becoming just the fourth goaltender in team history to record ten shutouts in a season, as the Bruins finish in third place with a respectable 39-30-13 record. In the playoffs the Bruins would knock off the Carolina Hurricanes in six games, before falling to the Buffalo Sabres in six games themselves.
1999/00: It’s the end of an era for the Bruins as they fall out of playoff contention, and deal Ray Bourque who for more than 20 years was the foundation of the team on defense to the Colorado Avalanche to give him a chance to win the Stanley Cup. The Bruins would go on to finish in last place with a 24-39-19-6 record.
2000/01: The Bruins get off to a slow start as Coach Pat Burns is replaced by Mike Keenan. As the season wore on the Bruins played better powered by the GAS line of Bill Guerin, Jason Allison, and Sergei Samsonov. However, despite finishing with a respectable 36-30-8-8 record, the Bruins would miss the playoffs while finishing in fourth place the Northeast Division. Following the season Keenan would be fired and replaced by Robbie Ftorek. In a side note Ray Bourque in his final season with the Colorado Avalanche would win the Stanley Cup.
2001/02: Jason Allison is traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a pair of former Bruins, Jozef Stumpel, who leads the team with 50 assists and Glen Murray, who goes on to lead the team in scoring with 71 points and ties Bill Guerin for the team lead in goals with 41. Stumpel’s 50 assists are also a team high. Meanwhile Joe Thornton enjoys his finest season in the NHL with 68 points, despite missing nearly a month with a shoulder injury down the stretch. With the young upcoming stars, the Bruins would win the Northeast Division with a solid 43-24-6-9 record. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would be stunned by the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens in six games.
2002/03: After their disappointing playoff collapse the Bruins got off to a good start posting a 19-4-3-1 record through the first two months. However, the void left in goal by the departure of Byron Dafoe would catch up to the Bruins who lost 14 of their next 18 games. The rest of the way the Bruins would play mediocre hockey as Coach Robbie Ftorek was fired and replaced by General Manager Mike O’Connell in March. Under O’Connell the Bruins would still make the playoffs with a record of 36-31-11-4. However, in the playoffs the Bruins would be no match for the eventual Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils who easily took the first three games before eliminating the Bruins in five games.
2003/04: The Bruins got off to a strong start as Goalie Andrew Raycroft in his first full season in the NHL was unbeatable in the early going. Also providing a spark was 18-year old Patrice Bergeron the Bruins second round pick in the draft who led all rookies in scoring with 16 goals and 23 assists. With the newfound youthfully core the Bruins would go on to win the Northeast Division with a solid record of 41-19-15-7, as Raycroft who finished the season with 29 wins and a 2.05 GAA edged Bergeron for the Calder Trophy. In the playoffs the Bruins got off to a flying start dominating the Montreal Canadiens on the way to grabbing a 3-1 series lead. However, with a chance to close the series out at home in Game 5 the Bruins came up flat losing 5-1. The Bruins would also play poorly in Game 6 as the Habs battled back to force a seventh game. In Game 7 at the Fleet Center the Bruins dominated the ice for the first two periods. However, they could get nothing past Goalie Jose Theodore. Eventually the Habs would break the scoreless tie in the third period on the way to a 2-0 win, as the Bruins were eliminated in seven games.
2004/05: Season Cancelled Due to Lock Out
2005/06: Coming out of the Lock Out the Bruins had high hopes as they were the defending Northeast Division Champions and were not hit hard by the new salary cap in fact, they were able to add the veteran presence of Alexei Zhamnov and Brian Leetch. However, both would miss significant time due to injury as the Bruins got off to a sluggish start as they posted a mediocre 7-5-4 record through their first 16 games. However, things would go bad to worse as they lost 10 of 11 games in November, leading Bruins General Manager Mike O’Connell to conclude a shakeup was needed so he traded Captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau. The Bruins would win their first two games after the deal, but it was obvious the deal was tremendous mistake as the Bruins never recovered and went on to spend the rest of the season in Last Place. Along the way Goalie Andrew Raycroft who won the Calder Trophy in 2004 was benched in favor of Tim Thomas, as fans openly called for the firing of O’Connell after the unpopular Thornton deal. As the lost season wound down O’Connell would indeed be fired as the Bruins finished with a terrible 29-37-16 record, while Thornton won the league scoring title and won the Hart Trophy for turning around the Sharks. Following the season, the Bruins would change coaches as well as Mike Sullivan was replaced by Dave Lewis.
2006/07: The smoke was still settling after the Joe Thornton trade as the Bruins started the season with a new General Manager, and a new coach, with all signs pointing to a season of rebuilding. However, after getting off to a sluggish 4-7-1 start the Bruins would win 10 of their next 13 games as they got strong play from Rookie Phil Kessel. However, on December 11th the Rookie Center was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. Fortunately, it was caught early, and after having surgery doctors declared him to be cancer free, as he would miss just 11 games. Kessel would go on to win the Masterton Trophy for dedication to hockey as he scored 11 goals and 18 assists. However, things would not go as smoothly for the rest of the team, as a bad January dropped them below .500. as the playoffs were never in sight. Playing out the string the Bruins looked at times disinterested as they won just three of their last 17 games, finishing in last place again with a record of 35-41-6. Due in part to their poor finish the Bruins would change coaches again replacing Dave Lewis with Claude Julien following the season.
2007/08: After two last place seasons, not much was expected out of the Bruins at the beginning of the season. However, in the early going they played well, winning five of their first seven games, on the way to an 18-11-3 record through mid-December. However, as six game losing streak would be a major setback heading into the New Year. The Bruins would rebound, with a solid 8-3-1 record in January thanks to the strong goaltending of Tim Thomas. This type of up and downplay would become the hallmark of the Bruins in the second half as a five-game winning streak would be balanced with a 2-5-4 stretch. Despite the inconsistency the Bruins would slip into the playoffs as the eight seed, with a record of 41-29-12. In the playoffs the Bruins would face an old familiar foe in the Montreal Canadiens. They were not given much of a chance to win the series, as they dropped the first two games on the road. As the series shifted to Boston, the Bruins managed to win Game 3 in overtime 2-1, as Marc Savard came off the bench on a delayed penalty to score with 9:25 gone in overtime. However, the Bruins still found themselves in a deep hole as they were shutout 1-0 in Game 4. Facing elimination, the Bruins would score four times in the third period to keep their hopes alive with a 5-1 win in Game 5. The Bruins would score four the third again to send the series to a seventh game in a 5-4 in Game 6. However, the Bruins would be blanked in Game 7, as the Canadiens won to finale 5-0.
2008/09: After taking the Montreal Canadiens to a seventh game the Bruins looked to build into a more consistent team using a defense as their main weapon. Following a mediocre opening month, in which the Bruins posted a 5-3-3 record, the Bruins began to show they could be a force in the Eastern Conference as they lost just two games in regulation over a two month stretch. During this stretch the Bruins would record of 24-2-1. Leading the way for the Bruins charge was Goalie Tim Thomas, who had the best season of his career, with five shutouts and a .933 save percentage to go along with a solid 2.10 GAA to earn the Vezina Trophy. Meanwhile, Zdeno Chara, the Bruins 6’9″ Captain had a monstrous season, with a career high 19 goals, winning the Norris Trophy. Powered by their strong stretch the Bruins would post the best record in the Eastern Conference at 53-19-10, as Claude Julien took home the Jack Adams Award. In the playoffs the Bruins would face the Montreal Canadiens again, with this time the Bruins being the favorites and the top seed. The series would be over fast, as the Bruins dominated the Habs in a four-game sweep, in which they out-scored their rivals 17-4. Facing the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round the Bruins fully expected to continue to the Conference Finals. However, the Bruins would hit a bump in the road losing three straight games after a solid 4-1 win in Game 1. Down three games to one, the Bruins would battle back as Tim Thomas recorded his first career playoff shutout as the Bruins won 4-0 in Game 5. Thomas would be strong again in Game 6, as the Bruins forced a seventh game with a 4-2 win on the road. Thomas would keep the Bruins in Game 7 back at the TD Garden, stopping 27 of 29 shots in regulation as they game went to overtime tied 2-2. However, the Hurricanes would end the Bruins season with a goal by Scott Walker 18:46 into the extra period.
2009/10: After their disappointing second round exit the Bruins made some roster changes, dealing Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild. The retooled Bruins struggled early as they had trouble finding a scorer to replace Kessel. The Bruins also had trouble in goal as 2009 Vezina winner Tim Thomas suffered from nagging injuries all season. Fortunately for the Bruins Rookie Tuukka Rask came up and became a Calder Trophy candidate as the Bruins posted 20-12-7 record through the first three months. On New Year’s Day the Bruins played in the shadow of the Green Monster as they hosted the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park. Trailing 1-0 the Bruins got a power play goal from Mark Recchi with 2:18 left in regulation. In overtime it would be Marco Sturm who played the role of hero scoring at 1:57 to give the Bruins a 2-1 win. Following the Winter Classic, the Bruins would go into a sudden tailspin, losing 14 of their next 16 games. Fortunately, just before the Olympic Break the Bruins stopped their skid and would head into the break with four straight wins. However, after the break the Bruins continued to play mediocre hockey in March as they were part of a four-team scramble for the last three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. In the next to last game of the season, the Bruins scored three shorthanded goals in 64 seconds to power their way to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The win clinched the sixth seed as the Bruins posted a record of 39-30-13. In the playoffs the Bruins faced the Northeast Division Champion Buffalo Sabres and earned a much-needed split of the first two games on the road, as Zdeno Chara scored two goals in a 5-3 win in Game 2. As the series shifted to Boston, it was the goaltending of Tuukka Rask that led the way, as Patrice Bergeron scored the game winner midway through the third period. In Game 4 the Bruins trailed 2-0 at the start of the third period, but quickly tied the game on goals by David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron. They would go on to win the game in double overtime on a goal by Miroslav Satan. Despite a 4-1 loss in Game 5, the Bruins would win the series in six games, as David Krejci had two goals and an assist to lead the way. Facing the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round the Bruins got off to a fast start as Marc Savard returned from a concussion and scored the game winner in overtime of a 5-4 win. The Bruins would also win Game 2 and 3 to lead the series 3-0. The Bruins were one goal away from the Eastern Conference Finals as Mark Recchi tied Game 4 with 32 seconds left. However, in overtime the Flyers would earn a 5-4 win on a goal by Simon Gagne at 14:40. Back in Boston for Game 5, the Bruins came out flat as they lost 4-0. The Flyers would than even the series with a 2-1 win in Game 6 as the Bruins came within one minute of being shut out again. Suddenly in a Game 7, the Bruins appeared to get back on track as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period at TD Garden. However, the Flyers would get on the board late in the period on a goal by James van Riemsdyk in the second period the Flyers scored two more goals to tie the game 3-3. In the third period it was Simon Gagne again who doomed the Bruins with a power play goal at 12:52, as the Bruins became just the third team in NHL history to lose a series, they once led 3-0.
2010/11: After their disappointing playoff exit, the Bruins began the season with two games against the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague the capital of the Czech Republic. After losing the opener 5-2, the Bruins would earn a split of the two-game match up as Tim Thomas earned a shutout in his first start of the season. After beating the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals on the road, the Bruins would beat the Capitals 4-1 in their home opener on October 21st. The Bruins would go on to finish October with a solid record of 6-2-0. November would prove tougher for the Bruins as they only managed a mediocre 6-6-2 record. The Bruins would bounce back to have a strong month of December, as Tim Thomas regained the form that made him a Vezina Winner in 2009, as the Bruins entered the New Year with a record of 20-11-5. The Bruins continued to play well in January, as they posted a record of 8-4-2. On January 22nd the Bruins suffered bad news, as Marc Savard suffered another concussion during a 6-2 win on the road against the Colorado Avalanche. Savard would be forced to miss the rest of the season. To replace Savard, the Bruins picked up Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators for a second-round draft pick and Tomas Kaberle in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for prospect Joe Colborne. The mid-February deals would help the Bruins right away, as they finished the month on a seven-game winning streak that carried into March. However, March would see the Bruins go through some tough times, as they won just one of their next seven games. On March 8th, the Bruins were involved in some controversy as Max Pacioretty suffered head and neck injuries, when he was checked into the glass by a Zdeno Chara. The NHL would not suspend Chara, but fans in Montreal wanted blood, as the Habs won the game 4-1, demanding Chara be charged with assault. Despite the March struggles, the Bruins entered April in first place with a record of 43-23-11. The Bruins would win three of the last five games and win the Northeast Division with a record of 46-2-11. The rivalry between the Bruins and Canadiens had never been as intense as the fight filled game in February, and the Chara incident in March. In the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs they would renew their rivalry. Things would get off to a bad start for the Bruins, as dropped the first two games at home, by a combined score of 5-1. In Game 2, they were forced to play without Zdeno Chara, who was hospitalized with dehydration. Chara would return to a chorus of boos in Montreal in Game 3, and it would be the boost the Bruins needed as they got back into the series with a 4-2 win. In Game 4, the Canadiens took an early 3-1 lead in the second period. The Bruins would battle back to tie the game before the second intermission. However, the Habs would take the lead back on a P.K. Subban power play goal. The Bruins would battle back again as Chris Kelly scored the equalizer with 6:18 left. With the game tied 4-4 in overtime, Michael Ryder would send the series back to Boston even at two games apiece with a goal just 1:59 into the extra session. Game 5 in Boston would go to double overtime, this time Nathan Horton would be the hero for the Bruins scoring at 9:03 to give the Bruins a 2-1 win. After a 2-1 loss in Montreal, the series would come down to a seventh game at TD Garden. Much like the series, Game 7 would be a tight battle as they game went to overtime tied 3-3. In overtime Nathan Horton would be the hero again, scoring at 5:43 to send the Bruins on to the second round. In beating the Canadiens, the Bruins became the first team to win a seven-game series without a power play goal. In the second round the Bruins would be matched up against the Philadelphia Flyers again. Just like 2010, the Bruins got off to a quick start, winning the first three games, but this time there would be no collapse as the Bruins completed the sweep with a 5-1 win, outscoring the Flyers 20-7 along the way. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bruins would face the Tampa Bay Lightning. After a 5-2 loss in Game 1, the Bruins turned to Rookie Tyler Seguin, who the Bruins got with the second overall pick acquired in the that sent Phil Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs, to give them a jump start as he had two goals and two assists in just his second playoff game to give the Bruins a 6-5 win. As the series shifted to Tampa, the Bruins relied heavily on Tim Thomas to earn a split, as stopped all 31 shots in a 2-0 win in Game 3. After a 5-3 loss in Game 4, the Bruins got another big start from Thomas in Game 5 who stopped 33 of 34 shots to give the Bruins a 3-1 win. Despite a hat trick from David Krejci the Lightning would force a seventh game with a 5-4 win. Game 7 in Boston would be a battle of the goalies, as the game was scoreless after two periods. Finally, with 7:33 left Nathan Horton would put the Bruins on the board. From there it was up to Tim Thomas, who stopped 24 shots to give the Bruins 1-0 win that sent them to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 21 years.
2011 Stanley Cup Finals: In the Finals the Bruins would face the Vancouver Canucks, and despite the Canucks high scoring stars, the series opener would be all about the goalies as neither Tim Thomas nor Roberto Luongo showed any signs of let up. However, with just 18.5 seconds left in regulation the Canucks broke through for a 1-0 on a goal by Raffi Torres. Earlier in the game Alex Burrows had risen the ire of the Bruins by taking a bite out of Patrice Bergeron’s finger. In Game 2, Burrows would annoy the Bruins again, by scoring an overtime winner just 11 seconds into the extra session to give the Canucks a 3-2 win. Down 2-0, the Bruins needed a jump start upon returning to Boston for Game 3. After a scoreless first period the Bruins came out smoking in the second period as Andrew Ference scored 11 seconds into the period as the Bruins scored four goal to take a 4-0 lead. The Bruins would score another four goals in the third period for an 8-1 win. The Bruins continued to fly in Game 4, winning 4-0 to even the series, as Tim Thomas stopped all 38 shots. Back in Vancouver for Game 5, it would be another battle of the goalies that was scoreless after two periods. The Canucks would get on the board with a goal by Maxim Lapierre at 4:35 in the third period. The Canucks would go on to win the game 1-0 to take a 3-2 series lead. In Boston for Game 6, the Bruins got off to a fast start, scoring four goals in a 4:14 stretch in the first period chasing Roberto Luongo early. The Bruins would go on to win the game 5-2 sending the series to a decisive seventh game in Vancouver. In Game 7, the Bruins would strike first on a goal by Patrice Bergeron, as Tim Thomas stopped all eight shots in the first period. Thomas continued to frustrate the Canucks in the second period, stopping 13 shots as the Bruins scored twice on goals by Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron whose shorthanded goal seemed to suck the life out of the Canucks. Marchand would add an empty net goal in the final minutes as Thomas continued to be a brick wall stopping 16 shots as the Bruins won the Stanley Cup with a 4-0 victory. Tim Thomas was solid throughout the playoffs was rewarded with the Conn Smythe trophy as Playoff MVP.
2011/12: After winning their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, the Bruins began the season with the target on their back. In their season opener the Bruins banner raising party would be spoiled by the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1. It would signal a disappointing first month for the champs, as they ended October in last place with a record of 3-7-0, losing a home and home series to the hated Montreal Canadiens to end the month. However, as November began the Bruins would quickly be able to change the page looking like champions again, as they won ten straight games. Following a shootout loss against the Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins continued to roll as they got at least one point in each game during November, leaping back to the top of the Northeast Division, as Goalie Tim Thomas was 9-0. The Bruins would continue to play well in December, as they lost just three games, on the way to posting a record of 24-10-1 heading into 2012. The Bruins strong play continued into January, as they won four of their first five games, concluding a 30-game stretch where they posted a record of 25-4-1. However, in February injuries and an inconsistent power play would begin to take its toll in February as they lost Nathan Horton to a concussion and backup Goalie Tuukka Rask to a groin injury. At the trade deadline the Bruins would be busy, picking up Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau and one-time Bruin Brian Rolston, while signing Goalie Marty Turco to replace Rask. However, the Bruins continued to struggle in March as they went onto to finish with a record of 49-29-4, winning the Northeast Division as they survived a late charge from the Ottawa Senators. Leading the way was Patrice Bergeron who won the Selke as the best defensive forward, with 64 points and terrific +/- of +36. In his second season, Tyler Seguin was nearly as good with +34, while leading the team in scoring with 67 points, as Brad Marchand led the team with 28 goals.
2012 Playoffs: Looking to repeat their Stanley Cup run as the second seed, the Bruins started the postseason against the Washington Capitals. Right from the start it was easy to tell the first round series would be a defensive struggle, as Game 1 went into overtime scoreless. The Bruins would win the opener 1-0 on a goal by Chris Kelly. However, the Capitals would rebound to win Game 2 in double overtime 2-1. The teams were able to find more scoring in Game 3 in Washington, as Zdeno Chara led the way with a goal and two assists leading the way in a 4-3 win for the Bruins. However, the Capitals would rebound to win the next two games to put the Bruins on the brink of elimination, as Troy Brouwer stunned the Garden crowd with a goal with 87 seconds left in a Caps 4-3 win in Game 5. In Game 6 in Washington, the Bruins would show their championship mettle, winning in overtime 4-3 as Tyler Seguin had two goals, including the game winner. However, back in Boston, the Bruins who lived for Game 7 during their cup won, had their hopes of back-to-back titles dashed with a 2-1 loss in overtime, as Joel Ward beat Tim Thomas, to send the Capitals into the second round.
2012/13: Even before the lockout, Goalie Tim Thomas announced his plans to sit out the entire season. When the 48-game season began in January this meant that Tuukka Rask would finally get the Bruins net all to himself. Rask was nearly flawless in the early part of the schedule as the Bruins won five of their first six games. They continued their strong play into February as Rask established himself as one of the best goalies in the NHL, with a 2.00 GAA and five shutouts. After posting a record of 19-4-3 through their first 26 games the Bruins suddenly went into a goal scoring drought and struggled over the final six weeks of the regular season, losing their grip on first place in the Northeast Division. At the trade deadline, the Bruins attempted the acquire Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames. However, the Flames turned the tables on the Bruins and dealt their high scoring captain to the Pittsburgh Penguins instead. The Bruins would settle for Jaromir Jagr who despite being one of the oldest players in the league still had a strong scoring touch. The final week of the season would be marked with delays after two Russian-Islamic terrorists planted a bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The Bruins would have two games postponed, as they city was first shocked and then galvanized by the events as the Bruins finished the season with a record of 28-14-6.
2013 Playoffs: With the fourth seed the Bruins would face to Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs. After falling behind early in Game 1, the Bruins rallied with four unanswered goals to with the opener 4-1. The Leafs recovered to win 4-2 in Game 2, but the Bruins continued to control the series winning Game 3 in Toronto 5-2, with five different goal scorers. Powered by a David Krejci hat trick in Game 4, the Bruins would take a commanding 3-1 series lead with a 4-3 win in overtime. However, looking to close the series out the Bruins went into another scoring slump, losing 2-1 in their next two games as the series went to a seventh game. The Bruins looked to heading for another disappointing first round exit, as they trailed 4-1 midway through the third period at TD Garden. With just over ten minutes left, Nathan Horton breathe some life into the silent Garden with a goal, but as time ticked down fans began to hit the exits. Those fans that left early would miss one of the greatest comebacks in NHL history, as Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored in the final 90 seconds with an extra attacker on the ice. With the remaining fans roaring through intermission, the Bruins would win in overtime 5-4 on a goal by Bergeron at the 6:05 mark. In the second round the Bruins would face another old rival in the New York Rangers. Game 1 would go to overtime as Tuukka Rask and Henrik Lundqvist turned the game into a battle of goalies. With less than five minutes left in the first 20-minute overtime period, Brad Marchand netted the game winner as the Bruins won 3-2. Rask was solid again in Game 2, stopping 35 of 37 shots as the Bruins pulled away late to win 5-2. As the series shifted to Madison Square Garden, Rask continued to frustrate the Rangers, stopping 23 of 24 shots as the Bruins got a 2-1 win with third period goals by Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille. The Rangers would take Game 4 in overtime 4-3, but the series belonged to the Bruins as Tuukka Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 3-1 win, that was clinched with Gregory Campbell’s empty netter. At the trade deadline the Pittsburgh Penguins appeared to have built an unbeatable offensive team by acquiring Jarome Iginla, but the Bruins defense would find a way to shut down and confound the Penguins during the Eastern Conference Finals, winning 3-0 in the opener with Tuukka Rask recording a 29 save shutout. In Game 2 it was the Bruins offense that led the way with six different scorers in a 6-1 win. With the series shifting to Boston, the Bruins would smell blood in the water as they continued to shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Rask would stop 53 of 54 shots, as Patrice Bergeron won the game 2-1 with a goal in double overtime. The Bruins would go on to complete the sweep with a 1-0 shutout win in Game 4, as the Penguins superstar scorers were held without a point in the series.
2013 Stanley Cup Finals: For the first time in 34 years two of the Original Six teams would meet in Stanley Cup Finals as the Boston Bruins faced the Chicago Blackhawks. Right from the start the series had the feel of a classic, as the opener went into Triple Overtime. The Blackhawks would eventually win the game 4-3 as Andrew Shaw was credited with the goal off a double deflection from Michal Rozsival. Game 2 would also go to overtime as Daniel Paille scored the game winner to even the series for the Bruins 2-1. As the series shifted to Boston, the Bruins got a big game from Tuukka Rask, stopping all 28 shots to lead was in a 2-0 win. The offenses would come alive in Game 4, as the two teams traded the lead several times as the game was deadlocked 5-5 at the end of regulation. This time it would be the Blackhawks getting the 6- win on a goal by Brent Seabrook. The Blackhawks would regain control of the series with a 3-1 win in Game 5, as the series had all the markings of a seven-game marathon. With Game 6 in Boston, it looked as if the Bruins were closing in on getting it to decisive seventh game as they held a 2-1 lead late in the third period. However, the Blackhawks would tie the game after putting on an extra attacker on a goal by Bryan Bickell with 1:16 left in regulation. The game would never reach overtime as the Bruins mishandled the faceoff with Dave Bolland scoring the cup clinching goal just 17 seconds later. The Blackhawks would win 3-2 as they skated around TD Garden’s ice with the Stanley Cup.
2013/14: After their loss in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bruins looked to continue their supremacy in the Eastern Conference and win those two extra games they dropped to the Chicago Blackhawks. On July 4th the Boston Bruins made a blockbuster trade sending Tyler Seguin, along with Rich Peverley, and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, along with Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and Joe Morrow. The Bruins started the season strong, winning their first two games on the way to a 7-2-0 start. Early on the Bruins established a big physical presence as they were the hardest team in the NHL to score against. Tuukka Rask who began his career in the shadow of Tim Thomas, cast his own shadow on NHL goal scorers, posting a career best 36-15-6 record with a 2.04 GAA and a .930 save percentage to win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie. The Bruins with Rask in net were one of the best teams in the league for the first half of the season as they went into the New Year with a record 26-12-2 record. Continue their strong play in January; the Bruins would go into the Olympic Break with a record of 37-16-5. They would play even better when the NHL stars returned from Sochi. Despite losing their first game after the Olympics to the Washington Capitals, the Bruins would post one of their best months after as they won the next 12 games, and did not lose another regulation game in March, posting an overall record of 15-1-1. The Bruins march through March was good enough to help them post the NHL’s best overall record and win their first President’s Trophy since 1990 with a record of 54-19-9. Rask was not the only Bruins player winning an individual award as Patrice Bergeron won his second career Selke Trophy with 30 goals and 32 assists. Bergeron tied with Jarome Iginla on the Bruins with a team high 30 goals, while David Krejci led the team in scoring with 69 points, highlighted by 50 assists.
2014 Playoffs: In the postseason the Bruins would face the veteran Detroit Red Wings in the first round. Thanks to realignment making the matchup possible, it marked the first time that the Bruins faced the Red Wings in the playoffs since 1957. The series opener would be a defensive struggle as neither team found the back of the net until late in the third period when Pavel Datsyuk beat Tuukka Rask to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead that would stand up as Jimmy Howard stopped all 25 Bruins shots. The Bruins would breakout in Game 2, getting four different goal scorers in a solid 4-1 win at TD Garden. As the series shifted to Detroit, the Bruins defense took over allowing just 23 shots in Game 3, as Tuukka Rask record a 3-0 shutout win. The Red Wings would score two earl goals in Game 4, but the Bruins would rally to win the game 3-2 on an overtime goal by Jarome Iginla to take a 3-1 series lead. The Bruins would go on to close out the series in five games, winning 4-2 in the finale. The Bruins would have another Original Six showdown in the Atlantic Division Finals, facing the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs for a record 34th time. Game 1 would foreshadow and exciting series, as the Bruins rallied from an early deficit to send the game to overtime tied 3-3 on a goal by Johnny Boychuk. Despite throwing all they had at Canadiens Goalie Carey Price the game remained tied until the second overtime, when P.K. Subban taking advantage of a Matt Bartkowski holding penalty scored at 4:17 to give the Habs a 4-3 win. Down 3-1 in the third period of Game 2, the Bruins exploded for four goals in the final 9:04 to even the series with a 5-3 win. Following a 4-2 loss in Game 3 at Montreal, the Bruins got a gutsy performance from Tuukka Rask in Game 4, stopping all 33 shots as the Bruins won an overtime thriller 1-0, with Mat Fraser scoring the game’s lone goal 1:19 into overtime. Back home for Game 5, the Bruins would take control of the series with a 4-2 win. However, with a chance to close out the series the Bruins came up flat in Game 6 losing in Montreal 4-0. The Bruins would get strong defensive effort in Game 7, limiting the Canadiens to 18 shots. However, the Canadiens put three of those shots past Rask, as the Bruins struggled to solve Carey Price, scoring just once on 30 shots as the Canadiens won the game 3-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
2014/15: Coming off a season in which they won the President’s Trophy but failed to make it past the second round, the Boston Bruins began the season on the wrong foot, losing three straight after beating the Philadelphia Flyers to open the season. Just as the Bruins appeared to be getting their legs under them, they would lose Zdeno Chara to a knee injury. Chara would miss 19 games. But even upon returning seemed a step slow. At first the Bruins played well posting a record of 7-3-1- in November, but a bad December had them playing catch up once they started the New Year with a record of 19-15-4. January was a terrific month for the Bruins, as they lost just once in regulation, but February made Boston shiver as record blizzards buried the old north towne. The Bruins were just as cold winning just one of their first eight games. While the snow piled high on the streets of Boston, goals were hard to come by for the Bruins, as Patrice Bergeron was the only Bruin to top 50 points with a team best 54 points. Bergeron would go on to win the Selke Trophy as the best Defensive Forward for the third time in four seasons. Meanwhile, Brad Marchand who was one of three Bruins to score more than 20 goals finished the season with a team high 24 goals. The Bruins would have their up and downs in March, starting the month in the middle of winning seven of eight games, but a six game losing streak in the middle of the month had them on the outside looking into the playoffs as the season came down the final stretch. The Bruins would end up missing the playoffs by two points, as they lost their final three games, needing to win just one more game. The Bruins would finish the season with a record of 41-27-14 as their 96 points were the most ever for a team that failed to get into the playoffs.
2015/16: After the Boston Bruins failed to make the playoffs, there was an overwhelming feeling that Coach Claude Julien was on the hot seat as the season began, especially with a new General Manager in Don Sweeney. Sweeney hit the ground running after replacing Peter Chiarelli as he made several moves to give the Bruins youth and cap flexibility. The Bruins did not start off well, losing their first three games at home. Away from home the Bruins were much better, winning all five games on the road in October. November would take on a similar pattern as they lost their first three games to start the month but finished strong winning their last five at the back end. Such inconsistency would be a hallmark for the Bruins all season as they had another three-game skid, late in December. Despite, three separate three game losing streaks, the Bruins went into the New Year with a record of 20-12-4 as they prepared to host the Montreal Canadiens in the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. The start of 2016 would be the start of more frustration, as the Bruins suffered a 5-1 loss in Foxboro on New Year’s Day. The Bruins won win just one of their first six games in January. The Bruins would continue to bounce back which kept them in the playoff chase, as they won five of their next six games. As February ended the Bruins held a record of 34-23-6, as they acquired Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles at the trade deadline. As March began the Bruins were playing strong as they posted a record of 5-0-2 in their first seven games and sat at 39-23-8. Then suddenly the Bruins went into another skid losing five straight and six of seven to close the month. This skid would prove costly as the Bruins would see the playoffs slip away, as a 2-2-1 record in April was not enough to recover. The Bruins would post a record of 42-31-9, with 93 points as the Detroit Red Wings finished in third place with a tie breaker based on having 39 regulations wins compared to 38 for the Bruins. The big disappointment for the Bruins had more to do with their struggles at the TD Garden, where they posted a record of 17-18-6. Patrice Bergeron would be the Bruins leading scorer with 68 points, as Brad Marchand was the most reliable goal scorer notching a team best 37.
2016/17: Coming into the season after missing the playoffs two straight seasons there was a tremendous amount of pressure on the Boston Bruins, as many felt coach Claude Julien was standing on thin ice. Over the first three months, the Bruins had their ups and downs, as they hovered near .500 with a record of 20-15-4 as the entered the New Year. The inconsistent trend continued in January, as they posted a record of 6-6-2. After losing the first two games in February, the Bruins decided to make a change, firing after a decade behind the bench, including the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship season. At the time of the change, the Bruins were on the outside looking in at the playoff picture, holding a record of 26-23-6. The change looked like the right formula for the Bruins, as they won seven of their next eight games to get back in playoff contention. Despite a four-game losing streak in March, the Bruins finished the season strong, which included a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 4th that enabled Boston to clinch the third playoff spot in the Atlantic Division as they finished the season with a record of 44-31-7. The Bruins offensive attack was led by Brad Marchand, who led the team with 39 goals, 46 assists, and 85 points. Another big playmaker was Torey Krug, who had 43 assists, while David Pasternak had 34 goals. Patrice Bergeron would also have another big season winning his fourth Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward.
2017 Playoffs: Facing the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs, the Boston Bruins got off to a good start, winning the opener in Ottawa 2-1 as Tuukka Rask had 26 saves, while Brad Marchand netted the game-winner with 2:33 left in regulation. Things looked great for Boston in Game 2, as they held a 3-1 lead at the end of two periods, looking to take a 2-0 series lead. However, the Senators rallied to force overtime, where they would win the game 4-3 on a goal by Dion Phaneuf. Game 3 at the TD Garden would also come to overtime as the Bruins rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second period. In overtime, the Senators would win 4-3 to take the series lead on a power-play goal by Bobby Ryan, after Riley Nash was called for roughing. Tuukka Rask put forth a big effort in Game 4, stopping 26 shots, but it was not enough as the Bruins offense sputtered in a 1-0 loss. Facing a must-win in Game 5, the Bruins and Senators again went to overtime as Tuukka Rask again was solid between the pipes. The game would end up needing two overtimes, with Sean Kurlay scoring his second goal of the game to give the Bruins a 3-2 win. Overtime was needed again in Game 6 in Boston as the Bruins tied the game 2-2 in the third period on a goal by Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins found themselves shorthanded again in overtime as David Pasternak was called for holding. This led to a power-play goal by Clarke MacArthur, which gave the Senators a 3-2 series-clinching win.
2017/18: Following the team’s first playoff appearance since 2014, the first full season of Bruce Cassidy behind the bench and with a mix of veteran and young talent, the Boston Bruins entered the season with above average expectations. The team had depth down the middle-anchored by Patrice Bergeron, scoring on the wings-led by David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, a former Vezina winner in Tuukka Rask between the pipes and blue line that had wily vets in Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug. Along with fresh-faced 20-year-olds in Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy, making them an exciting team on paper. A 4-3 win over the reigning Western Conference champion Nashville Predators on Opening Night set the tone for an up and done first eight weeks of the season as the team sat at 9-7-4 on Thanksgiving morning. A character 4-3 win on the day after Thanksgiving over the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins set the tone for a great December as the team rolled through the last month of 2017 going 9-2-2 in a busy month as several veterans led by captain Zdeno Chara turned back the clock. The squad would open 2018 on fire as well as they piled up win after win led by Bergeron, who recorded his second and third NHL hat tricks in the year’s first month. Two of the more notable two wins came over the hated Montreal Canadiens in 72 hours in a mid-January-to position themselves as a divisional favorite and darkhorse to win the Stanley Cup as February came around. Given the team’s lack of depth in its first-round series loss to the Ottawa Senators in 2017, General Manager Don Sweeney added veteran depth via trade in the form of defenseman Nick Holden and former Rocket Richard winner Rick Nash and signed US Olympic captain Brian Gionta. The new faces helped the Bruins win seven of eight games, including a dramatic comeback 6-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes that saw David Pastrnak record his first career hat trick. After losing Nash to a concussion in a win over the Lightning in Tampa Bay on St. Patrick’s Day, US Olympian and Harvard Crimson sniper Ryan Donato joined the team directly from campus and recorded four points in his first two games. The Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning would have a see-saw battle for the division title over the last few weeks of the season, with neither team really putting its foot on the accelerator. The Atlantic Division title would be too much to ask, as the Bruins would lose four of their last five games, culminating in a 4-2 loss at home to the Florida Panthers in the team’s regular-season finale. The loss would force the Bruins to settle for second place with a record 50-20-12.
Written by Connor Jennings
2018 Playoffs: The Boston Bruins entered the Playoffs as favorites against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston showed its experience and resolve by blowing out the Leafs 5-1 in Game 1 at the TD Garden behind three points from David Pastrnak in a chippy affair the saw Leafs winger Nazem Kadri receive a major penalty and later three-game suspension for boarding Bruins grinder Tommy Wingels. Game 2 would be no different as Pastrnak recorded a hat trick and added assists for good measure, becoming the youngest player ever to have six points in a playoff game as the Bruins rolled 7-3. Back in Toronto and in front of a raucous crowd at Air Canada Centre, the Leafs held serve to beat the Bruins 4-2 behind two goals from ageless veteran Patrick Marleau to keep the series close. The Leafs momentum didn’t follow them into Game 4 as the Bruins got on the board 28 seconds in courtesy of Torey Krug and hang on to win 3-1 and take a commanding 3-1 series lead. With a chance to close out the series on home ice, the Bruins came out flat and, despite a late fury, went back to Toronto for Game 6 courtesy of a game-winning goal from longtime Bruin killer James van Riemsdyk. Despite taking a 1-0 lead courtesy of Jake DeBrusk in the second period, the Bruins gave it back almost right away and entered the third period of Game 6 trailing 2-1. An empty-net goal from Tomas Plekanec put the nail in the Bruins’ coffin as Game 7 in Boston would be for all the marbles. Despite two goals from Patrick Marleau, the Bruins went to the locker room after the first period of Game 7 up 3-2 with youngsters DeBrusk and Danton Heinen tickling the twine as well as team leader Patrice Bergeron who put the Bruins up with less than a minute in the period. The second period was a different story as the Leafs scored two goals to take the lead into the third period-20 minutes from vanquishing the Bruins. The Bruins came out firing as Torey Krug tied the game mere moments into the third frame and with 15 minutes to go in a tie game Jake DeBrusk rushed down the right-wing side, took the puck to the net and deposited it behind Leafs goalie Freddie Andersen to give the Bruins the lead and bring the TD Garden crowd to its feet. David Krejci and Brad Marchand would add insurance markers as the Bruins closed out the Leafs and avoided blowing a 3-1 series lead to win their first playoff series since 2014. The Atlantic Division champion Tampa Bay Lighting awaited Boston in the second round as the series opened up in Sunshine State. Despite being a bit maligned by Bruins fans trade deadline acquisition, Rick Nash had two goals-including what would go on to be the winner in a 6-2 victory for the Bruins. Game 2 was a different story, however, as the Lightning took an early lead and had the Bruins playing catch up all game en route to a 4-2 win to even the series going back to Boston. Despite playing at home, the Bruins played one of their worst games of the season as Tampa scored three first period goals on their way to a 4-1 win and 2-1 series lead. For the second straight game, Boston would fall behind early trailing 2-0 less than ten minutes into the game. David Pastrnak and a pair of special teams goals from Patrice Bergeron would have the Bruins leading in the third period before Lightning captain Steven Stamkos would tie it up. The game would go to overtime, and three minutes in defensive specialist Dan Girardi would win the game and give Tampa Bay a 3-1 series lead. Facing elimination at Amalie Arena, the Bruins took a 1-0 lead courtesy of David Krejci in waning moments of the first period. This would be it for the Bruins as Tampa would score three unanswered goals to win 3-1 and end the Bruins’ season in 5 games.
Written by Connor Jennings
2018-19: The Boston Bruins began the season by traveling to China in the preseason. The trip brought the team together as they looked to improve off a second-round playoff exit. Boston’s regular-season started as bad as possible when the defending champion Washington Capitals defeated them 7-0 on national television. The Bruins put the embarrassing opener behind them quickly as they won their next four games and went 7-3-2 in October. At the end of December, the Bruins were in a strong playoff position at 21-14-4. As soon as the calendar changed to 2019, the Bruins asserted their dominance as one of the best teams in the NHL. Led by the potent first line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, the Bruins hit their stride in February as they did not lose in regulation, going 11-0-2. Additionally, General Manager Don Sweeney made two trades to bolster the roster by acquiring forward Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild and forward Marcus Johansson from the New Jersey Devils. The Bruins finished the regular season with a 49-24-9 record, good for 107 points, putting them at second in the Atlantic Division. Defenseman Charlie McAvoy became more comfortable at the NHL level and became a first-pair defenseman alongside Zdeno Chara. Brad Marchand set a career-high in points with 100, and David Pastrnak set a career-high in goals with 38. Each was team highs.
Written by Justin Frecker
2019 Playoffs: The Boston Bruins postseason campaign began with a familiar matchup, as they played the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second consecutive season. The Maple Leafs proved to be a pesky opponent once again as they came into Boston and took the opener, 4-1. Game 2 of the series became controversial when Leafs forward Nazem Kadri cross-checked Jake DeBrusk in the head. Kadri was given a major penalty and suspended for the remainder of the series. The Bruins went on to win the game 4-1 to even the series. After the Leafs recorded a 3-2 win in Game 4, the Bruins again evened the series with aa 6-4 win as David Pasternak scored twice. The Maple Leafs again took a series lead, winning 2-1 in Boston to put the Bruins on the brink of elimination. However, the Bruins would send the series to a seventh game for the second straight year as Brad Marchand had two goals in a 4-2 win in Toronto. In Game 7 at TD Garden, the Bruins dominated winning 5-1and would go on to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. This was the first postseason meeting between the two franchises Game 1 would need overtime as Charlie Coyle giving the Bruins a 3-2 win. Game 2 would also go to overtime, with Columbus winning 3-2 on a goal by Matt Duchene. The Blue Jackets would take a 2-1 series lead, with a 2-1 win at Nationwide Arena. The Bruins would take over in Game 4, winning 4-1 as Patrice Bergeron scored twice. In Game 5, Pasternak scored twice in the third period, as the Bruins won 4-3 to take control, as they went on to win in six games, closing out the Jackets with a 3-0 win, as Tuukka Rask had 39 saves. Boston would face an unlikely opponent in the Eastern Conference Finals in the Carolina Hurricanes. Coming in as a wild card team, the Hurricanes were on an improbable yet magical run. However, midnight quickly arrived for Carolina, as the Bruins swept them in four games. Boston outscored Carolina 17-5 in the series and won by three or more goals in all but one game.
Written by Justin Frecker
2019 Stanley Cup Final: The Boston Bruins had the opportunity to rest before facing the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Final. This would be a rematch of the 1970 Finals, won by Boson in four games, on Bobby Orr’s famous dive. The opener at TD Garden proved to be a thriller, as the Blues raced out to an early 2-0 lead before Boston battled back. The Bruins took control in the second and third period by scoring four unanswered goals and winning 4-2. Game 2 would be just as thrilling, with the Blues winning 3-2 on a goal by Gunnarsson. As the series moved to St. Louis for Game 3, Boston wasn’t bothered. The Bruins dominated the game, winning 7-2, with seven different goal scorers. However, the Blues would not go away, as they evened the series at two games apiece with a 4-2 win in Game 4. Making matters worse, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took a shot to the face, fracturing his jaw and putting his status for the remainder of the series in doubt. The series moved back to Boston for Game 5 as Chara suited up, giving Boston all the momentum. It didn’t matter. The Blues won game five 2-1 putting Boston on the brink of elimination. The Bruins responded by winning 5-1 in Game 6 at St. Louis, setting up a Game 7 in Boston, as the Bruins hoped to give the city its third duck boat parade in eight months. The Bruins had home and dominated the first period, but could not solve Jordan Binnington, outshooting the Blues 15-4. The Blues, though, scored twice late to take 2-0 lead. They would build a 4-0 lead before Matt Grzelcyk scored. It was not enough as the Blues won 4-1 to claim the Stanley Cup.
Written by Justin Frecker
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