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Bruins Limping into the Top Spot for the Playoffs

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

With my alma mater, Siena College, making a decent showing recently in the NCAA Tournament, I haven’t paid much attention to the Bruins and what is their win-one-lose-one mentality.  But just out of curiosity, I decided to see what was going on with the standings and the end of the season for the NHL.

With nine games left for Boston to play in the 2008-09 season,  the Bruins are still in first place in the Eastern Conference.  That’s five points ahead of the Devils (and five points behind Western Conference leader Detroit).

Obviously, they haven’t wrapped up the number one spot just yet with 18 possible points still out there, but it stands to reason that they will definitely have home ice for the first round, and possibly for keep it for the majority of the playoffs.

If.

If they can get past the first round, which we all know has been an issue for the Bs for a long time.  For their last few playoff appearances, they have been bounced from said round.  And most of the time it has come from their archenemy, the Montreal Canadiens.  And guess who is currently sitting in the number eight spot as of today.

Well documented, the Bruins have had terrible luck against the Habs when it comes to, well, hockey.  Post-season loses are numerous and painful.  2004 playoffs included the #2 seeded Bruins being up 3-1 in game, only to lose the final three in a row to Montreal.

But the 2008 playoffs offered a glimmer of hope.  Clearly out-manned and out-skilled, the eighth-seeded Bruins made what started off as a breeze-through series into a really tough, grind-it-out one in which they forced a game seven.  Sure they lost, but it seemed to be a small window into what was shaping up to be a young, talented team.

Then this season started and they were hot as a pistol, racing out to a fantastic points lead (going toe-to-toe with San Jose for most of the way).  Yes they have a rough stretch of the past 20 games (that would be a quarter of a season) going 7-9-4.  But if they could get a small little run going into the playoffs, I think it will do them very well.

And maybe their terrible run of playing the Habs in the playoffs will end this season.  Thy have played them well so far, going 4-0-1, with a final game coming up on April 9th.  Sometimes just completely out classing them on the ice.  And don’t forget that there was plenty of cheering for Tim Thomas minding the net during the All-Star game in Montreal (yes, I know that’s irrelevant, but I also think a little ironic as to how they have been going this season).

Maybe this is the year?

Go Habs Go… Away

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Dammit!

Right when the Bruins really hook me (an the rest of Boston, it seems), and bring it back into the hockey town that it once was with their stellar play in the opening playoff series with the Canadiens, they blow it. In typical Bs/Habs fashion, Montreal just crushed Boston.

Kind of.

In a playoff round where Montreal was clearly the better team, and also had the Bruins number all season long (eight games, eight wins), Boston ended their season with something that I don’t think that anyone could have anticipated: relevance.

Coming in to the playoffs, everyone thought that it would be a clean and quick sweep. Maybe there would be a Game 5. The first game just emboldened that fact. The next: another loss, but man, they played really well and lost on an overtime, power play goal.

And then a win here, a convincing win there. All of a sudden, this pushover team was doing the pushing. They were skating right along with a fast team. They were playing way above there talents.

And that’s the success to winning back the Boston fans.

So, for the first time in the long time in this Jacobs-owned era, I’m actually excited about the season come October. Tim Thomas has shown that he can be a very good playoff goalie. The vets like Chara and Savard along with the youth like Bergeron, Kessel and Lucic is a great start to a team. Claude Julien has shown (again) that he can coach in the postseason. And some say that they will make a strong showing in the Marian Hossa revue.

By the way, when I talk about the fact that Montreal has historically dominated the Bruins, check it out:

Season Round W L
1928–29 Won in Semifinals 3 0
1929–30 Lost in Finals 0 2
1930–31 Lost in Semifinals 2 3
1942–43 Won in Semifinals 4 1
1945–46 Lost in Finals 1 4
1946–47 Lost in Semifinals 1 4
1951–52 Lost in Semifinals 3 4
1952–53 Lost in Finals 1 4
1953–54 Lost in Semifinals 0 4
1954–55 Lost in Semifinals 1 4
1956–57 Lost in Finals 1 4
1957–58 Lost in Finals 2 4
1967–68 Lost in Quarterfinals 0 4
1968–69 Lost in Semifinals 2 4
1970–71 Lost in Quarterfinals 3 4
1976–77 Lost in Finals 0 4
1977–78 Lost in Finals 2 4
1978–79 Lost in Semifinals 3 4
1983–84 Lost in Division Semifinals 0 3
1984–85 Lost in Division Semifinals 2 3
1985–86 Lost in Division Semifinals 0 3
1986–87 Lost in Division Semifinals 0 4
1987–88 Won in Division Finals 4 1
1988–89 Lost in Division Finals 1 4
1989–90 Won in Division Finals 4 1
1990–91 Won in Division Finals 4 3
1991–92 Won in Division Finals 4 0
1993–94 Won in Conference Quarterfinals 4 3
2001–02 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals 2 4
2003–04 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals 3 4
2007–08 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals 3 4
  Total 60 99


Now that’s what I would call domination. Game wins: 99 to 60. Series wins: 24 to 7.