Sunday, April 13, 2014

Games 81-82: 2013-14 Is In The Books

What a tremendous NHL season this year has turned out to be. This stems way beyond the Boston Bruins and the city that they play for. No, the entire league contributed pieces to this historic campaign.

Whether it was the signing of big names in the offseason, trade-deadline blockbusters, or the firing of coaches, this year had it all. One could only imagine what the Stanley Cup playoffs will bring come next week. #cannotwait

Before we get to that, the Bruins still had two more games left on the schedule--both of which were played over the weekend. They were home for the final time during the regular season on Saturday afternoon against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Honestly, the only potential accomplishment that the Bruins were playing for this weekend was the Presidents' Trophy. Even though it is a give-or-take award, it was still enough to further motivate a highly-focused team down the stretch.

With the exception of Chris Kelly, we saw a full B's lineup in this one. They were all hands on deck in pursuit of claiming the title of the league's best regular-season team. With a pair of goals from David Krejci and a 24-save performance from Tuukka Rask, the Bruins secured the 4-1 victory. Patrice Bergeron recorded his 30th goal of the season in this game as well. 

The only scary moment in this game took place when Daniel Paille was hit hard by Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe. He had to be helped off the ice and did not return. We will see how his condition improves as we inch closer to the playoffs. 

The B's wrapped up the regular season against the New Jersey Devils on the road. This took place on Sunday afternoon. In a game that meant nothing (literally), the B's sent out a depleted roster just to get by. 

With four call-ups from Providence, one would assume that the B's mailed this one in. That was the furthest thing from the truth. They actually gave the Devils a great game, and pulled within one goal late in the third period. However, New Jersey, with nothing else to play for this year, packed it in and pulled out the 3-2 victory. 

Well, there you have it. The B's-your Presidents' Trophy winners-will open up with the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Game one will take place on Friday night. 

Gold Star: David Krejci...He is ready for playoff mode with a two-goal performance on Saturday. The B's need their top-line center on top of his game. 

Black Star: Carl Soderberg...He finished with a minus rating in both games, which contributed to his poor weekend.

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