Boston Bruins Season Preview History
#2 Boston Bruins vs. #7 Washington Capitals: 2012 Playoffs
A late push from the usually-dominant Capitals secured them a postseason berth, but a matchup again defending Stanley Cup champion Boston is their reward in the first round.
Boston has had its ups and downs this season, but seem to be trending upward at the perfect time. Tim Thomas is back to his form of the 2011 playoffs where he became a brick wall and the offense can be absolutely blistering if they’re firing on all cylinders – the Bruins scored six or more goals 13 times this season. With six players at over 20 goals on the season, the Bruins are going to give Caps goaltender Tomas Vokoun all he can handle.
Of course, it can all turn bad for the Bruins if Alex Ovechkin gets going, as the 26-year-old former league MVP can take over the series as he has on several other occasions. The Bruins will likely be game-planning on ways to make the Russian international be less of a key figure in the postseason.
Boston Bruins 2011-2012 NHL Preview:
For the upcoming 2011-12 season, the Bruins have plenty to look forward to. A number of veterans will be returning to the ice for the Bs, including Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas. However, Boston will be faced with the challenging task of protecting the title as the Stanley Cup Champions of last season.
Boston Bruins 2010-2011 NHL Preview:
The Boston Bruins came excruciatingly close to a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, but they blew a 3-0 series lead to the Philadelphia Flyers and ultimately left fans aching for the team's first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1990. Much of the team is back this year, and the Bruins faithful will be looking for them to take the next step.
One of the biggest issues for the Bruins last season was injuries. Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard all missed significant time. Health will be a point of emphasis for Boston this year, and if their best players can stay on the ice there is no reason that they won't return to the playoffs.
The offense struggled a year ago, and Marco Sturm provided the bulk of the scoring. However, he should be joined by more scoring threats this year depending on the return of Bergeron and Lucic.
Defensively the Bruins should be strong, as Tuukka Rask emerged as one of the NHL's leading goalies down the stretch. While defensemen Dennis Widerman was traded during the offseason, the Bruins still have verteran Zdeno Chara to anchor the back line and provide some leadership.
Boston Bruins 2009-2010 NHL Preview:
The Boston Bruins are one of the teams to watch heading into the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Bruins finished last year as one of the best teams in hockey; Boston finished the regular season with the most wins in the Eastern Conference and barely lost a close series in the playoffs to the Carolina Hurricanes. Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien brings back a solid defense led by goalie Tim Thomas and defenseman Zdeno Chara, who is also team captain. Expect Boston to make another deep run into this year and possibly play in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.