Well, the Bruins played their best but it wasn’t good enough, with the team falling in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A lot will be said of this team, much of it terribly hot takes on Tuukka Rask, Rick Nash, and Brad Marchand. However, some fans will choose to remember this wild ride of a season, that started with a resounding win over the Stanley Cup runner-up the season before then turned to chaos as the Bruins seemingly threw more bodies on the injury pile, or rather Mt. Injury, lost games and seemed hopeless. The young guns had a huge dose of adversity which they played through along side of the veterans; with Matt Grzelcyk joining the team full-time in November, half the defense was comprised of layers with a season or less experience in the NHL. Jake DeBrusk demonstrated that he deserved a roster spot and showed tremendous drive after line demotions and motivational healthy scratches during stretches when his progress had slowed. Danton Heinen found chemistry on a line with Riley Nash and David Backes. And Charlie McAvoy just narrowly missed out on a Calder Trophy nomination while building his legend in a year in which he underwent a heart procedure and dealt with a nagging knee injury.
Truth be told, this team over performed with the amount of youth they had and injuries that racked up. That they stuck to it and won the second seed in the division is amazing.
It was a fun season. I hope the next one will be even better.