The Boston Bruins had quite a run through the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There were highs and there were lows. But now that its all over, let's take a look back and see how the individuals did. Here are Bruins 101 grades for the Boston Bruins.
Tim: The Bruins showed just how deep they are at center. David Krejci proved once again that he is one of the NHL's elite centers, leading the NHL in playoff points (26) and assists (17). He may be underrated around the league, but Bruins fans know just how good he is. Not to be overshadowed, Patrice Bergeron scored nine goals and 15 assists in the playoffs and continues to be one of the best, if not the best, two-way player in the NHL.
Gregory Campbell showed just how valuable he is after breaking his leg blocking a shot. His absence left a huge hole on the fourth line that was never quite filled despite Rich Peverley's best effort. Peverley and Chris Kelly were enigmas all season but Kelly finally came around in the finals and started producing
Tim: Outside of Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, the wingers did not make a big impact. Lucic and Horton had identical score lines of seven goals and 19 points. They were a dominating force when on the ice together. The Bruins were able to find some scoring from wings. Daniel Paille chipped in with four goals and showed that he is more than just a fourth line player. Brad Marchand also had four goals, but all came before the finals, where he went goal less.
The two guys who were expected to produce (Tyler Seguin and Jaromir Jagr), did not. Seguin scored just once in the playoffs while Jagr never found the back of the net. Jagr was able to at least help out offensively, dishing out 10 assists and helped the power play become a viable threat. Seguin, on the other hand, was almost not existent offensively. While he was doing the small things and playing defense, the main reason Seguin is in the lineup is to score, which he did not do.
Tim: The last image of the Bruins defense is of the group that collapsed in the final minute of Game 6. But that doesn't tell the whole story. Zdeno Chara and company were very solid throughout the playoffs after an up and down regular season. This is the same group that held the Pittsburgh Penguins to two goals in four games. It's unfortunate that the season ended with the defense playing just so-so but that's no reason to worry moving forward.
Johnny Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, and Andrew Ference all provided solid minutes and chipped in offensively. Boychuk and Ference were especially important, each averaged over 23 minutes of ice time a game and helped to keep Chara and Seidenberg's ice time down a little bit.
The Bruins saw the emergence of Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski. No one expected them to step in and perform as well as they did, but they did. Those two should be in the lineup next season. Their emergence unfortunately means that Ference's time in Boston has come to an end.
Tim: Any questions people may have had about Tuukka Rask should be gone now. He's clearly a No. 1 goalie in the NHL and should have been a Vezina finalist this season.
Aside from the infamous miscue in New York, Rask was solid nearly every game and came up with the saves when called upon. He kept the Bruins in games when they slept walked through opening period and sealed wins with big stops. A long term deal is no doubt on it's way.
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