Since Canuck Nation is in full panic mode lately, I decided to take a look at Stanley Cup of Chowder blog to see what was being written about the Bruins one year ago.
Slumping Bruins host surging Devils
The Bruins, who have dropped 6 of their last 7 games (1-3-3) will host a red-hot New Jersey Devils team tonight at TD Garden that has won 16 of their last 20 contests (16-4-0).The B's are coming off of one of their ugliest performances of the season, an embarrassing 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The Visitors enter tonight's game following a 3-0 shutout over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday to stop a 2-game skid.
I think this is fascinating especially considering where these two teams finished. Surely the Bruins faithful understood that the team just needed to get to the playoffs: Find out after the jump
Nope, many were panicking that the Bruins were not gonna hit the playoffs in a good place. The Bruins went 7-3-1 the rest of the way, while fighting for position. Canucks last year were 8-3 while fighting for 1st overall. This year I want to know what the Canucks have to fight for.
Last year our guys had so much motivation last year to give us a
season to remember:
The 40 year celebration reminded everyone every week that it was a very special season.
The President's Trophy was within their grasp, and they went for it.
Individual awards were there for taking as Sedin was competing with Sedin, and Kesler was working for a career high goal totals.
The division title and 2nd place in the conference is all but assured. They have risen their game to win Individual tests against prime opponents in Boston, Detroit, and St Louis.
Even money does not matter as the majority of the team's core has been signed to long term contracts, there will be very few negotiations to worry about next summer.
Failing to win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final was heartbreaking for the fans, imagine what it felt for the people that actually have to step on the ice and play this wonderful game. The fans cried, media howled, and many lashed out at this team. The team was not good enough, tough enough, because they did not win that last game. The players were told over and over that their regular season achievements do not matter. Even winning three rounds in the playoffs does not matter either.
This year, this team is focused on Winning the Cup, and will do everything in its power to get back there. To do that they need to minimize injuries, manage fatigue, and be ready to play the four round tournament starting on April 11th. I have faith that the team will get it together in these last few games. That they will give everything in order to get a chance at the prize, and I will be cheering them every step of the way.