The Boston Bruins participated in many thrilling series during the past decade. The franchise was able to reach The Stanley Cup Finals three times in the 2010’s, raising Lord Stanley in 2011. Since there are still no live sports happening at the moment, here are three exciting Bruins playoff series to re-watch.
Each series chosen was from one of the times Boston reached The Finals the past decade. Unfortunately, the highlights available from many of their other thrilling series, especially before the 21st century, are few and far between. But since the Bruins have experienced so much success recently, the 2010’s left plenty of content to choose from.
Lastly, every round and postseason year is eligible one time. This list will not be the entire 2011 run, nor will both first round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs make the cut.
Pretty much any round of that year has an argument to crack this list. The thrilling seven games against the Canadiens, revenging the reverse sweep against the Flyers, and a heart-stopping seven gamer against the Lightning all are incredible series. However, nothing quite beats the beat-down the Bruins gave the Canucks in The Garden three times and raising The Cup in Vancouver. The finishes, hits, and utter dominance in Boston’s four wins are quite enjoyable re-watching almost a decade later. Not to mention, this series was selected, if nothing else, to show the Boston Bruins raise The Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972.
This Bruins team took care of the New York Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins in just nine games combined. The Stanley Cup Finals, of course, ended in heartbreak against the Chicago Blackhawks. However, the most entertaining series was the first round tout against the Toronto Maple Leafs. After Boston went up 2-1 in the series, the Leafs pushed to Game 7 after winning two of the next three contests, all of which were decided by a goal. Then of course, Game 7 saw Boston erase a three goal 3rd period deficit to force OT. Patrice Bergeron potted the series winner in sudden death to crush end Toronto’s season. That unreal comeback capped off an unbelievable first round series.
The 2019 Bruins had another drag-out seven gamer with the Leafs before bouncing out the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games. Boston would take on the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals, which turned out to be an absolute mismatch. 11 different players scored at least one goal, while 13 skaters tallied one assist or more. Tuukka Rask was dynamite when he needed to be. On the road for Game 3 with the Hurricanes pressuring the Bruins from the jump, Rask stopped 35 of 36 Carolina shots. Boston took them out of their misery by sweeping them in four. Boston was onto The Stanley Cup Finals, where absolutely nothing noteworthy happened.
These series are a good combination of decisive Boston wins and competitive hockey games.
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