(Ed. Note: It’s an Olympic year in the NHL. So, naturally, we decided to use the trappings of the Winter Games to preview all 30 teams for the 2013-14 NHL season. Who takes the gold? Who falls on their triple-axel? Read on and find out!)
In a span of 17 seconds, the Boston Bruins went from believing they were about to force a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final to watching the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a second championship in four years. It was a bitter pill to swallow after another memorable campaign.
The Bruins finished the lockout shortened 2013 season fourth in the Eastern Conference (28-14-6, 62 pts.) and needed a miraculous third period and overtime comeback in Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs to avoid a disastrous first round exit. That victory flipped a switched and they would go on and win 8 of their next 9 games, rolling through the New York Rangers in the second round, before completing a stunning sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final.
The transition from Tim Thomas to Tuukka Rask full-time in net went without worry and the usual suspects contributed offensively, while the defense helped carry them through for another deep playoff run.
The summer brought about a blockbuster trade and the long-term signing of two key cogs. Are the Bruins even better than they were last season?Read More »from Boston Bruins, 2013-14 (Puck Daddy Gold Medal Preview)