With all the other major sports stories going on in New England, like this, and this, oh yeah and this…I did briefly want to weigh in on the great season the Boston Bruins had, since I’ve finally completed the 5 stages of grief and moved on to the final stage, acceptance.
Considering we were pretty damn close to missing a second full season in 7 years, due to a labor dispute of the collective bargaining agreement, I think we got our fair share of exciting hockey over the past 6 months. This condensed season felt more like an extended playoff throughout. Rarely did you find a game where guys took nights off or saved themselves. From impressive showings in the regular season by an up and coming rookie in Dougie Hamilton, to another rookie defense who took over the NYR playoff series in Torey Krug, these surprising performances help keep the future looking bright.
Finishing the Regular Season (condensed) with 62 points the B’s entered the playoffs against a tough Toronto team who took them to the limit. They were however vanquished, after a miraculous comeback.
Next came the toughly coached New York Rangers. Even though the Rangers have one of the most defensive teams and best goaltenders the B’s quickly disposed of them in 5.
With the most talented offensive teams in the league, this next series was one of the most shocking stories of the playoffs. The absolute dominant performance the Bruins put on the Pittsburgh Penguins was expected by no one. I repeat NO. ONE. The 4 game sweep of a healthy Penguins team, who were absolutely baffled by the B’s team defense and opportune scoring, was the most pleasant surprises of the playoffs.
Then came the battle with the Blackhawks. A team that literally went half the season without a regulation loss, setting records along the way. Everyone knew this would be a tough battle and it definitely was. 3 overtime games and 3 games decided by 2 goals or less. This had the making of an all time classic series, go to 7 games, that NHL fans dream of. Sadly for the Bruins and impressively for the Blackhawks, 17 seconds changed the season, and before we knew it was all over.
As crushing as the loss was, the stories started piling in and the secret brotherhood would clue us all in on what was really going on. What more can be said about the sacrifice to their bodies these players make, for guys like Horton, Campbell or Bergeron, who also is recovering from a possible hole in is LUNG, it’s really unbelievable their dedication to their craft.
Some might say it’s crazy, but to understand what it means to be a part of a team and want to be there to contribute as much as you can towards a common goal, because you don’t want to let others down is some thing that is applicable to any aspect of life.
Roster moves will shake this team up, but with a top priority of locking up goalie Tuukka Rask, and keeping core guys like Chara, Bergeron, and Lucic in tact, who proved to be the beast we all know they could be when it counts, this team is set up for success.
Thankfully, we should spoiled enough for this to be an annual 2 month journey in May and June, every other night cause heart palpitations (gracias spell-check).
Congratulations to the Blackhawks, probably my second favorite team in the league, I look forward to Patrick Kane dominating the Olympics next year.
Once again, thank you to the Bruins for bringing together a city in need of something root for, job well done, we’ll see you next year.