Best of the 2010s: The most memorable Bruins moments of the decade
Obviously, the Bruins' Game 7 victory in Vancouver that clinched their first Stanley Cup since 1972 stands alone as the most memorable moment of the decade, but there have plenty of other highs and a few lows in the past 10 years.
Here's a look back.
June 15, 2011: Bruins win the Stanley Cup
This is the moment around which everything else revolves around when it comes to this past decade of hockey. It was the culmination of what core Bruins Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Milan Lucic and David Krejci had been building for years and it a high-water mark for the NHL after an entertaining, hotly contested, seven-game Stanley Cup Final series between the B’s and Vancouver Canucks. Since then, the Bruins have been trying to get back to that mountaintop unsuccessfully. The first Cup title in Boston in nearly 40 years was the zenith of high moments for the franchise in the past decade.
June 12, 2019: Bruins lose Game 7 of Stanley Cup Final to Blues
While the Stanley Cup win remains the high moment, the undeniable low moment came last spring when the Bruins choked away a golden chance to win another Cup. After all four top divisional seeds bowed out in the first round of the playoffs, the B's were the favorite. They got knocked around by the rugged, heavy St. Blues in a punishing seven-game series and unforgivably lost the Game 7 on their TD Garden ice in front of fans that were expecting a victory celebration. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been that shocking given that the B’s lost three of four games on home ice in the series.
Jan. 1, 2010: Bruins' Winter Classic victory at Fenway Park
On the very first day of this decade, Marco Sturm scored an overtime goal to beat the Philadelphia Flyers on the outdoor rink built at Fenway Park. Given that it was the first outdoor NHL game played in Boston, given that it involved Bruins and Flyers as traditional Eastern Conference foes and given the cool Winter Classic sweaters and the fedora look for Claude Julien behind the Bruins bench, it was all kinds of an iconic moment for the B's organization that ended happily with a victory.
June 24, 2013: Bruins lose Stanley Cup Final to Blackhawks in Game 6
It wasn’t quite as devastating as the Stanley Cup Final loss to the Blues, but any time a team falls short after making it all the way to the Cup Final it’s a disappointment. Again, the Bruins lost on their home ice, but this time it was a stunning collapse in the third period after it appeared they would at least push the series to a Game 7. The Bruins gave up two goals in 17 seconds to blow a lead and ultimately end their season at the hands of the Blackhawks, who were clearly the better team in that series.
June 28, 2014: Bruins draft David Pastrnak with 25th overall pick
The Bruins went into the 2014 draft intent on finding a game-breaking offensive talent after they had traded Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars one year prior. They accomplished that and then some when they landed young Czech winger David Pastrnak with the 25th pick in the first round. It was clear in his first moments at B’s development camp that he was a special talent and that teams had made a mistake passing on him because of a concussion issue. Pastrnak is now the future of the B’s franchise as a 23-year-old leading the NHL in goals. He has amassed 335 points in 357 NHL games.
May 13, 2013: Bruins' comeback in first-round Game 7 vs. Maple Leafs
Arguably the biggest Bruins comeback in TD Garden history. Boston trailed 4-1 in the third period of Game 7 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs when they made history happen. The Bruins got a couple of goals from the Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton trio to cut it to 3-2 and Patrice Bergeron tied the score n the final minute of regulation. From there, it was the memorable call of “Bergeron! Bergeron!” in overtime as No. 37 scored the winner and catapulted Boston past the first round on its way to a Stanley Cup Final berth against the Chicago Blackhawks.
July 4, 2013: Tyler Seguin traded to the Stars
It was supposed to be a Bruins team that was set up for years to come with a Stanley Cup-winning team that also had young superstar Tyler Seguin just entering into his prime. Instead, Seguin was gone in a stunning Fourth of July trade after the Bruins dropped the 2013 Cup Final to the Blackhawks. Seguin finished with one goal in 22 games in that Cup Final run and was surrounded by rumors of questionable off-ice behavior. The Bruins got pennies on the dollar for Seguin with Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser coming back in return for the fallen B’s star.
Feb. 7, 2017: Bruins fire coach Claude Julien
It was an excellent 10-year run for Claude Julien behind the Bruins bench, but it came to an inevitable end late in the 2016-17 regular season with the Bruins headed to their third consecutive season missing the playoffs. Julien ended his run as the all-time franchise leader with 419 wins as coach, but was having trouble changing his style to adapt to a younger, faster and more skilled direction envisioned by general manager Don Sweeney. The B's made the curious decision to announce Julien’s firing while the Patriots' rolling rally to celebrate another Super Bowl win was going on, but replaced the Cup-winning coach with Bruce Cassidy, who led the B’s back to the playoffs that season.
April 17, 2013: First game after the Boston Marathon bombings
It was left to the Bruins to be the first Boston team to get back to normal following the tragic Marathon bombing in 2013. They returned to normalcy with an April 17 regular-season game against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. It was a memorable, emotional affair with Rene Rancourt giving up the mic to the fans to sing the national anthem. The Bruins ended up losing 3-2 to the Sabres in a shootout, but both teams gathered at center ice to give a stick salute to fans after chants of “USA! USA!” and “We Are Boston” echoed throughout the game.
2011-12: Tim Thomas' final season with the Bruins
Tim Thomas was brilliant in the Bruins run to the Stanley Cup in 2011 while winning the Vezina Trophy and then with a .940 save percentage in the playoffs on his way to the Conn Smythe Trophy. Still, it was the beginning of the end for Thomas in Boston when he skipped the late-January trip to the White House in 2012 on the B’s regular-season visit to Washington DC after winning the Cup. It was done in part by Thomas’ political beliefs that he never fully explained publicly in the aftermath and just a few months later, he was done with the organization after the B’s bowed out in the first round to the Washington Capitals.