The Bruins have announced their season award winners, and center Patrice Bergeron won the Eddie Shore Award for exceptional hustle and determination and the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy for outstanding performance during home games.
Gregory Campbell won the John P. Bucyk Award for best charitable contributions, and the three stars for the season were goalie Tuukka Rask (first), Bergeron (second), and wing Tyler Seguin (third).
With the regular season complete and the playoffs starting this week, we’ve rounded up a few more superlatives for the Bruins this season. Next
Our seventh player award
Before the Bruins' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on April 25, Dougie Hamilton was given the team's Seventh Player Award. This award is voted on by Bruins' fans for the player who goes above and beyond the call of duty for the team and exceeds the expectations of the fans. While Hamilton has had a stellar rookie season, many believed it should go to Daniel Paille, and so do we.
Paille had 10 goals and 7 assists in 46 games playing mostly on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Next
Goal of the year
Set up by Brad Marchand in Boston's game against the Montreal Canadiens on March 27, Tyler Seguin scored a backhanded goal against goaltender Peter Budaj during the third period. It put the Bruins ahead two goals, but they were unable to fend off the Canadiens, who went on to win the game 6-5 in a shootout. You can watch Seguin's goal on YouTube. Next
The Bruins added a number of pieces to the team this year, but by far right wing Jaromir Jagr was been the best. Jagr had only played one period in a spoked-B jersey before scoring for his new team. On April 4 vs. New Jersey, Jagr got a little luck from being in perfect position when Brad Marchand's pass went off his skate and past Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. Next
Best 17-minute penalty
On March 2, Montreal’s Alexi Emelin broke his stick when he cross-checked Tyler Seguin in the rib cage. As Seguin hit the ice, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara wasted no time finding Emelin and pummeling him. Chara was given a two-minute penalty for instigating, a five-minute major for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct, but it was worth it for the message it sent to the opponent even though the Bruins lost the game.
After the game, Chara explained. "You have to protect each other and he's one of our better players," Chara said of Seguin. "I'll do it for anybody, but in that situation, it was just second nature for me to react that way." Next
Quote of the year
Coach Claude Julien had to do some serious line rearranging this year to deal with multiple team injuries as well as see who played best together. But he was questioned and criticized over and over for it.
Finally, when asked yet again why he changed his line in late March, Julien said, "Because I can. Because I'm the coach. And every once in a while, you've got to do those things. Simple as that." Next
Best save by a non-goalie
When the Bruins last faced Pittsburgh on April 20, the Penguins were relentless in scoring attempts, racking up 24 shots on goal. At one point, goalie Tuukka Rask fell out of position, leaving the net open, but Andrew Ference was able to slide across the goal mouth and stop a side shot with his leg. Next
Game of the year
On March 27, the Bruins blew a 4-2 lead against the Canadiens in the third period and were unable to put the puck in the net during overtime. The Bruins rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 4-2 lead, but the Canadiens tied the score with less than 10 seconds to play after pulling goalie Peter Budaj.
The game went into a shootout that would last six rounds before Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher snuck one past Tuukka Rask to win the game for the Canadiens.
It was a loss, but in terms of excitement and drama, this game was tough to match. Next
Most disliked opponent
While fans can always count on the Montreal Canadiens to be the default team in this category, being jilted by Jarome Iginla, who chose to join the Pittsburgh Penguins over Boston at the trade deadline, vaults him to the top of the list. Next
Rookie of the year
It’s probably no surprise that this one will go to 19-year-old Dougie Hamilton. The breakout rookie started the season on fire and has put up 16 total points for the season with 5 goals and 11 assists. He's in position to go into the playoffs as the No. 7 defenseman, and just won this year's Seventh Player Award. Next
Age doesn't matter award
We've already given Jaromir Jagr the best acquisition award and we aren't stopping there. Despite being 41 years old and playing in the league longer than Tyler Seguin has been alive, Jaromir Jagr proves that age doesn't matter when it comes to playing good hockey. In his first eight games with Bruins, Jagr has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists). Next
Fists of fury award
This one goes to the guy with seven fights under his belt for the year, Shawn Thornton. A concussion early in the season coulnd't stop the Bruins’ enforcer from taking down a few more guys once he was back on the ice. He tops the list of heavy hitters for the Bruins this season, just ahead of Adam McQuaid, who has recorded six fights. Next
Best shootout moment, Part 1
During their game against the New Jersey Devils on January 29, a fan threw a hot dog onto the ice during Tyler Seguin's first shootout attempt. Seguin was given a second attempt and went on to score the goal that would win the game 2-1 for the Bruins. Watch the incident here. Next
Best shootout moment, Part 2
This other memorable shootout moment came in the March 11 game against the Ottawa Senators when Kaspars Daugavins attempted an unconvential shot, skating the puck towards the net on the toe of his stick. It failed and Rask blocked the shot, but in a funny epilogue to the story, Daugavins now plays for the Bruins after he was picked up on waivers in early April. Back to the beginning
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