Found September 16, 2013 on
(Photo Credit: Comcast SportsNet New England)
Three seasons, two Stanley Cup appearances, and one Stanley Cup series win encompasses the Boston Bruins. Is another Stanley Cup appearance brewing this season?
Yes, with multiple returning starters coming back with more playoff –more specifically Stanley Cup – experience under their belts, the Bruins definitely have a shot at the Stanley Cup this upcoming season.
Who will help lead them advance to the Stanley Cup?
The forward, first-line duo of Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand will ignite the offense for the Bruins. Both players are explosive fore-checkers, causing the defense to make mistakes with the puck, creating goal-scoring opportunities. Bergeron tallied 10 goals and 12 assists last season, while Marchand racked in a stunning 18 goals and assists. Marchand lead the Bruins in points with 36, after the 2012-13 season. More impressively, Bergeron and Marchand ranked No. 6 and 7 for their large plus/minus. The combination of the two produced eight game winning goals this past season.
The efforts of defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg will edge the Bruins into the Stanley Cup series final. Chara and Seidenberg combined chipped in with 36 points and an average plus/minus of +16 (Chara +14, Seidenberg +18) last season. Each of the two scored two game winning goals to push the Bruins into the postseason. Last season, When Chara scores, it seems to always be when the Bruins needed a goal the most. Out of his seven goals, two of them were game winners and three were power play goals.
In hockey, the team’s only as strong as their goalie. Tuukka Rask is in the peak of his career. After completing his first season as starting goalie last season for the Bruins, Rask racked in a mere 10 losses in the 36 games he appeared. Impressively, he only allowed 70 goals for an astonishing 2.00 goals against average. After the 2012-13 regular season, he finished with a .929 save percentage. Rask ranked second highest goalie in the NHL (at least 35 games played) for save percentage.
After an unsuccessful Stanley Cup win in the 2013 playoffs, Rask did finish with the highest save percentage (at least 10 games played) of .940. He was in the top five goalies for goals against average (at least 10 games played) with an amazing 1.88.
Rask is swift on his skates, making his range from post to post quicker than a jackrabbit on a date. Filling in Tim Thomas’ place, Rask has successful done everything possible to replicate the agility and intensity Thomas delivered.
Undoubtedly, the Bruins will win the Eastern Conference finals, advancing them to the Stanley Cup. The leadership and experience as a tight-knit squad will trigger impressive results in the 2014 postseason. Whether or not the Bruins hoist the Cup is a completely different story.
BEST OF MAXIM
With the NHL set to begin the regular season on Oct. 1, we thought it would make for some good discussion to have our staff of NHL correspondents break down the best players in the league, by division. Atlantic Metropolitan Central Pacific Also read: The 10 Best teams in hockey
The Bruins' Group B won 6-3 in Montreal last night, cashing in on 4 power play goals and a stunning preseason debut from Jarome Iginla.
You can check out Justin's recap of last night's game here. With Group B having such a dominating performance last night, it's time for Group A to step up to the plate. Here is who is in Group A:
Forwards: Carter Camper...
Only two spots are open on the Bruins’ third line alongside Chris Kelly, but a handful of hopefuls are making their cases as to why they should be on either side of Kelly when the puck drops in the regular-season opener.
Carl Soderberg, Jordan Caron, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, Craig Cunningham, Ryan Spooner and Jared Knight are all competing for the winger positions, The B’s...
Jarome Iginla certainly made his mark Monday night in his first game with the Bruins, scoring twice and meshing nicely with first-liners Milan Lucic and David Krejci. On Tuesday, Loui Eriksson will attempt to do the same.
The team’s other high-profile acquisition will make his Bruins debut against the Capitals, replacing Tyler Seguin, whom the B’s traded to Dallas in exchange...
Bruce Bennett / Getty Images
By Mitch Cole (@DirtyWaterBuzz)
When the Boston Bruins selected Jordan Caron 25th overall, it was clear that they had high expectations for him. Coming off a 67 point (36 goals, 21 assists) season with Rimouski Ocean of the QMJHL, the Bruins envisioned Caron as an important piece for the future.
Since signing him an entry level deal in March 2010, the...
He’s big. Huge actually. So it would seem to make sense that Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara would be placed in front of the opposition’s net during the power play.
At 6’9″ and 255 pounds he not only provides a massive screen for opposing goalies but would prove difficult – perhaps impossible at times – for defenders to try and get him out of the way.
Ahhh, doesn't it feel great to know that the Bruins beat the Habs last night. Sure, it was preseason, and sure, it didn't really mean much at all, but come on, it's always nice to smoke the Canadiens. Anyway, all premature trash-talking aside (although feel free to chirp any Montreal fans), we did see a couple promising hints during last night's game, including...
The leaves are changing colors. People are heading to apple orchards all around New England and picking their favorite red fruit. Everything is flavored with pumpkin. The Patriots are, unfortunately, playing football.
It's fall and what comes with fall? Mother ******* hockey. Well, pre-season hockey today but it still counts as something.
The Bruins are heading to...
Montreal, Quebec – After a heartbreaking game 6 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last June in the Stanley Cup finals, it has been a short but very active off-season for the Boston Bruins as management re-tooled the roster, preparing for what they hope will be another deep run in 2013-2014. With some familiar faces gone, and a few new ones in the mix, there have been a lot of eyes...
Jarome Iginla's second goal of the game broke a tie and led the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 preseason win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban earned the win over his brother P.K., a Canadiens defenseman.
Nick Johnson added two goals, and David Krejci and Zach Trotman also scored for Boston. Travis Moen and Max Pacioretty had goals for Montreal...
Providence Bruins forward #21 Bobby Robins
Welcome to one of our new features at BST&N; the Bruins Mailbag. Every couple of weeks I am going to answer your questions posted to Big Bad Bruins on facebook, and my twitter account (the link is at the bottom of the page). This here is the “Maiden Voyage” of this new feature for the blog, with many more to come throughout the season...
Sure. It's only a preseason game, but any time the Bruins beat the Habs, it's a good day. Doesn't matter if it's mostly NHLers or mostly AHLers doing it.
And tonight's win was pretty.
Jarome Iginla had two goals on six shots (the dude's willing to shoot all night and day). Lucic had three assists. Krejci was the slacker of the LIK line with only one...
With four days of training camp down, the Bruins finally got a little taste of game action with two full-speed 20-minute scrimmages on Saturday.
In front of an excited Garden crowd, the B’s took the ice and shook off whatever rust was left from the offseason. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand complimented the Bruins fans for coming out and showing their...
Patrice Bergeron is the heart of the Bruins team, and everything, (and I mean everything, hockey, work, breakfast, whatever) is better when Bergeron is healthy. The problem over the summer was, Bergeron wasn't healthy - breakfast didn't taste quite as sweet. But now, as summer comes to a close, the news is getting better and better. The twenty-eight year...