What’s left to say about the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins? Hated by many, their detractors didn’t give them a chance. I said in late winter that based on their Goal Differential and Strength of Schedule they, like the Chicago Blackhawks, were better than their record suggested, but I didn’t expect them to go as far they did. Once they were in the finals though, against our hated rival Vancouver, they had my full support.
I’m also a big fan of Tim Thomas and his late-blooming career, so it was nice to see him raise the Cup. If your team’s not in the finals, there are certain players you just want to see win it all at least once; Timmy is one of them. (and now that he’s had his moment in the spotlight and day with Stanley, I hope he gets a flat tire on the way to work)
The Bruins didn’t go through the summer Capocalypse like Chicago after their victory, so most of Boston’s roster remains intact. The Blackhawks face Boston four games into the season at home on October 15th, where the two most recent champions will get to compare dicks and stories about the times they scored 7 or 8 against Luongo. Steve Kendall over at FanSided’s Causeway Crowd provides us with an in depth look at what promises to be another strong year for Boston:
When the 2010-11 season started, not many people were picking the Boston Bruins to hoist the Stanley Cup. However, on June 15, it was Zdeno Chara and his teammates finishing off a seventh-game win over the Vancouver Canucks to capture Boston’s first NHL championship since 1972.
This season, all eyes are on the Bruins, who bring back a majority of their championship squad, including Vezina and Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas, playoff leading scorer David Krejci, and Norris finalist Zdeno Chara. With depth at every position, a veteran presence, and skilled young players pushing for playing time, the Bruins are poised to make a run at becoming the NHL’s first back-to-back champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.