2011 NHL Preview: How Peter Chiarelli Has Boston Thinking Stanley Cup In 2011

September 9th, 2010 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The 2010 Boston Bruins were an overtime period away from turning a mediocre season into a dream one, only to have it all crash down.

When the Bruins took a 3-0 lead against the Philadelphia Flyers in last year’s Eastern semifinals, Boston was buzzing at the possibility of facing their arch rival Montreal Canadiens for the right to play in the Stanley Cup Finals.

However, the rest of the series was a cruel nightmare that became more unbearable to watch each period.

After taking a 3-0 lead after the first period of Game 7, the Bruins appeared to have enough fight to stave off an historic meltdown, but their magical run was not meant to be. Giving up four unanswered goals, the Bruins were eliminated, and their fans were left stunned and angry as they left the TD Garden for the final time.

After a great 2009 season, the Bruins were supposed to take the next step and become legitimate Stanley Cup contenders in 2010. Injuries and poor play from key players saw the Bruins end the year fighting for every point, barely making the playoffs as the six seed.

The brightest part of the 2010 Bruins was the rise of young Finnish goa ...

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