2010–11 Boston Bruins season
|2010–11 Boston Bruins|
Stanley Cup champions
Eastern Conference champions
Northeast Division champions
|General Manager||Peter Chiarelli|
|Goals||Milan Lucic (30)|
|Assists||David Krejci (49)|
David Krejci (62)|
Milan Lucic (62)
|Penalties in minutes||Shawn Thornton (122)|
|Plus/minus||Zdeno Chara (+33)|
|Wins||Tim Thomas (35)|
|Goals against average||Tim Thomas (2.00)|
At the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles, California, Boston selected Tyler Seguin with their first-round pick, second overall. A week earlier, on June 16, 2010, Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs and Principal Charlie Jacobs announced that Cam Neely had been named president of the Boston Bruins. Neely, a former player and 2005 Hall of Fame inductee, became the eighth president in club history.
The Reading Royals, Boston's affiliate within the ECHL, renewed their relationship during the off-season. This marked the second year the organizations shared affiliation, with the Royals playing host to several Bruins prospects including goaltender Matt Dalton and defenseman Rob Kwiet.
On June 21, 2010, the Bruins announced their seven-game pre-season schedule. Closing out the schedule were two exhibition matches, the first in Belfast, Northern Ireland, against the Belfast Giants Select, a unified team composed of an All-Star selection of the best EIHL players from each team. The Bruins went on to beat the Giants Select 5–1 after being held scoreless for the first period. Rookie star Tyler Seguin scored a pair of goals. The Bruins then faced off against Bili Tygri Liberec of the Czech Extraliga in their final pre-season match, with veteran Patrice Bergeron putting on a five-point display that included two breakaway goals in a 7–1 victory for the Bruins.
As part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Games, the Bruins began their season on Saturday, October 9, playing against the Phoenix Coyotes at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. There they split their two games with the Coyotes. The Bruins spent much of the months of October, November and December playing well but slightly behind the Montreal Canadiens for first-place in the division before passing the Canadiens on December 27 with a 3–2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers. Play during this time was highlighted by excellent play for goaltender Tim Thomas, who started the season as a backup but had five shutouts by the middle of December, and by Milan Lucic's excellent offensive production, including his first natural hat-trick on November 18. In January, the Bruins continued to hold first-place in the division, aided at one point by hat-tricks from Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara on January 11 and January 17, respectively. The Bruins started February with fight-filled wins against the Dallas Stars, whom they beat 6–3, and the Canadiens, against whom they picked up their first win of the season on their fourth try by a score of 8–6. The Bruins then hit a three-game losing streak, but recovered to string together a seven-game winning streak that stretched into March. The first six wins of the streak were on the road, including a 3–1 win in the Bruins' only game of the regular season against the Vancouver Canucks, which led the NHL at that time for points and would eventually win the Presidents' Trophy. After the streak, the Bruins would go on to lose six of their next seven games, including a 4–1 loss to their rivals, the Canadiens, in which team captain Zdeno Chara was nearly suspended for a hit on Max Pacioretty. They nonetheless managed five points during this time, as three of their losses came in overtime. Following this lapse, the Bruins responded with a win over the New Jersey Devils and a 7–0 win in their last game of the regular season against the Montreal Canadiens. Two games later, the Bruins clinched a playoff spot with a 2–1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. In the next game, Tim Thomas picked up his ninth shutout of the season. Two games later, in their first game in April, the Bruins clinched the Northeast Division with a 3–2 win in their last ever game against the Atlanta Thrashers, who were set to relocate to Winnipeg for the next season.
The Bruins tied the New York Rangers for the most shutouts for, with 11.
|1||y – Boston Bruins||82||46||25||11||44||246||195||103|
|4||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||37||34||11||32||218||251||85|
|1||z – Washington Capitals||SE||82||48||23||11||43||224||197||107|
|2||y – Philadelphia Flyers||AT||82||47||23||12||44||259||223||106|
|3||y – Boston Bruins||NE||82||46||25||11||44||246||195||103|
|5||Tampa Bay Lightning||SE||82||46||25||11||40||247||240||103|
|8||New York Rangers||AT||82||44||33||5||35||233||198||93|
|10||Toronto Maple Leafs||NE||82||37||34||11||32||218||251||85|
|11||New Jersey Devils||AT||82||38||39||5||35||174||209||81|
|14||New York Islanders||AT||82||30||39||13||26||229||264||73|
bold - qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Placed first in conference (and division)
AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division
Schedule and results
|1||September 22||Boston Bruins||4–2||Montreal Canadiens||Tuukka Rask||1–0–0|
|2||September 23||Boston Bruins||2–3||Florida Panthers1||Nolan Schaefer||1–1–0|
|3||September 25||Florida Panthers||3–2||Boston Bruins||SO||Tuukka Rask||1–1–1|
|4||September 28||Boston Bruins||2–3||Washington Capitals||Nolan Schaefer||1–2–1|
|5||September 29||Washington Capitals||4–1||Boston Bruins||Tim Thomas||1–3–1|
|6||October 2||Boston Bruins||5–1||Belfast Giants Select2||Tuukka Rask||2–3–1|
|7||October 5||Boston Bruins||7–1||HC Liberec||Tim Thomas||3–3–1|
|2010–11 Game Log|
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Overtime/Shootout Loss (1 point)
The Boston Bruins qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Their conference quarter-final matchup was against their archrival, the sixth-seeded Montreal Canadiens. The series started off disastrously for the Bruins, as they dropped two games in their own building. They would come back to win the next three games and, after dropping Game 6, would ultimately win Game 7 in overtime at home on a Nathan Horton goal. The next round featured a sweep of the second-seeded Philadelphia Flyers who, the previous year, had come back from down three games to none against the Bruins to win the series. This propelled them to their first conference finals since the 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs. In the conference finals, the Bruins matched up against the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning. After dropping the first game by a lopsided score, the Bruins fought back to win the next two games before dropping game four to knot the series at 2–2. The Bruins took Game 5 to put them a win away from the conference championship. Game 6 was another loss for the Bruins, but Game 7 resulted in a 1–0 victory to send them to their first Stanley Cup Finals in 21 years. In the finals, the Bruins met the Presidents' Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver took the first two games at home, each by a goal, to build a 2–0 series lead. The Bruins responded with two lopsided wins at home to tie the series 2–2, but Vancouver won Game 5 in their building to move the Bruins one game away from losing the Cup. The Bruins managed to win Game 6 to tie the series and then won their third Game 7 of the post-season to win the Stanley Cup, their first in 39 years. After Game 7, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy for the post-season's most valuable player.
|2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs|
- Scorer of game-winning goal in italics
Note: GPI = Games Played In; TOI = Time on Ice; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; SV% = Save Percentage
Awards and records
|Tim Thomas||Conn Smythe Trophy||Awarded to the player judged most valuable to his team during the Stanley Cup playoffs.|
|Tim Thomas||Vezina Trophy||Awarded to the goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at this position.|
|Zdeno Chara||Mark Messier Leadership Award||Awarded to the player who best leads by positive example.|
|NHL First All-Star Team|
NHL Second All-Star Team
|Voted by representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.|
On April 6, prior to the game against the New York Islanders, the team announced its award winners for the season.
|Brad Marchand||NESN Seventh Player Award||Awarded to the player who exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the season.|
|Shawn Thornton||Eddie Shore Award||Awarded to the player who exhibits exceptional hustle and determination.|
|Tim Thomas||Elizabeth C. Dufresne Trophy||Awarded by the Boston Chapter of the PHWA, for outstanding performance during home games.|
|Andrew Ference||John P. Bucyk Award||Awarded to the Bruin with the greatest off-ice charitable contributions.|
|Three Star Awards||Awarded to the top performers at home over the course of the season.|
Tim Thomas was named First Star of the Week on November 1, 2010 and again on January 24, 2011. He was also named Second Star of the Month for October.
Patrice Bergeron was named Second Star of the week on January 17, 2011, and First Star of the Month for January.
|Tim Thomas||Highest save percentage in a regular season (.938%)|
Most saves by a goaltender in a playoff run (798)
Most saves by a goaltender in a Stanley Cup finals series (238)
The Bruins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2010–11 season.
|June 22, 2010||To Florida Panthers:
1st-round pick in 2010 (#15 overall)
3rd-round pick in 2011
|To Boston: |
|June 26, 2010||To Chicago Blackhawks:
7th-round pick in 2011
|To Boston: |
7th-round pick (#210 overall) in 2010
|June 26, 2010||To St. Louis Blues:
|To Boston: |
|November 29, 2010||To Colorado Avalanche:
|To Boston: |
|December 9, 2010||To Tampa Bay Lightning:
|To Boston: |
|December 9, 2010||To Florida Panthers:
|To Boston: |
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2011
|December 11, 2010||To Los Angeles Kings:
|To Boston: |
|February 15, 2011||To Ottawa Senators:
2nd-round pick in 2011
|To Boston: |
|February 18, 2011||To Atlanta Thrashers:
|To Boston: |
|February 18, 2011||To Toronto Maple Leafs:
1st-round pick in 2011
Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2012
|To Boston: |
|February 27, 2011||To Anaheim Ducks:
|To Boston: |
|February 28, 2011||To Minnesota Wild:
|To Boston: |
Free agents acquired
Free agents lost
|Yuri Alexandrov||2 years, $1.46 million entry-level contract|
|Shawn Thornton||2 years, $1.625 million|
|Dennis Seidenberg||4 years, $13 million|
|Johnny Boychuk||2 years, $3.75 million|
|Mark Recchi||1 year, $1.7 million|
|Daniel Paille||2 years, $2.15 million|
|Mark Stuart||1 year, $1.675 million|
|Andrew Bodnarchuk||1 year, $577,500|
|Gregory Campbell||2 years, $2.2 million|
|Jeff LoVecchio||1 year, $605,000|
|Adam McQuaid||2 years, $1.15 million|
|Blake Wheeler||1 year, $2.2 million|
|Tyler Seguin||3 years, $2.7 million entry-level contract|
|Patrice Bergeron||3 years, $15 million contract extension|
|Zdeno Chara||7 years, $45.5 million contract extension|
|David Warsofsky||3 years, $1.9375 million entry-level contract|
|Tyler Randell||3 years, $1.8 million entry-level contract|
|Ryan Button||3 years, $1.855 million entry-level contract|
|Round||#||Player||Position||Nationality||College/junior/club team (league)|
|1||2a||Tyler Seguin||Center||Plymouth Whalers (OHL)|
|2||32a||Jared Knight||Center||London Knights (OHL)|
|2||45||Ryan Spooner||Center||Peterborough Petes (OHL)|
|4||97b||Craig Cunningham||Left Wing||Vancouver Giants (WHL)|
|5||135||Justin Florek||Left Wing||Northern Michigan University (CCHA)|
|6||165||Zane Gothberg||Goaltender||Thief River Falls High School (USHS–MN)|
|7||195||Maxim Chudinov||Defense||HC Severstal (KHL)|
|7||210c||Zach Trotman||Defense||Lake Superior State University (CCHA)|
- Notes on draft picks
- ^a1 ^a2 The Toronto Maple Leafs' first and second-round picks went to the Bruins as the result of a trade on September 18, 2009, that sent Phil Kessel to Toronto in exchange for these picks.
- ^b The Carolina Hurricanes' fourth-round pick went to the Bruins as the result of a trade on July 24, 2009, that sent Aaron Ward to Carolina for this pick and Patrick Eaves.
- ^c The Chicago Blackhawks' seventh-round pick went to the Bruins as the result of a trade on June 26, 2010, that sent Boston's seventh-round pick in 2011 to Chicago for this pick.
- The Bruins' first-round pick, 15th overall, was traded to the Florida Panthers as a result of the trade in which the Bruins acquired Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell on June 22, 2010.
- The Bruins' third-round pick, 75th overall, was traded to the Buffalo Sabres as a result of the trade in which the Bruins acquired Daniel Paille on October 20, 2009.
2010-11 Boston Bruins
- "Bruins Select Tyler Seguin with the 2nd Overall Pick". BostonBruins.com. 25 June 2010.
- "Cam Neely Named President of the Boston Bruins". BostonBruins.com. 16 June 2010.
- "Tweaking the Composition". BostonBruins.com. 24 June 2010.
- B's Acquire Horton, Campbell
- Boston Renews Affiliation with Reading
- Bruins Release Preseason Schedule
- Bruins cruise to victory in Belfast
- Bergeron's big game powers Bruins in Liberec
- Bruins to Open 2010-11 NHL Season in Prague
- "2010–2011 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League.
- "2010-2011 Regular Season".
- "Team Stats 2010-2011 Regular Season".
- "Team Stats 2010-2011 Bench Penalties".
- "2010-2011 Playoffs".
- "Team Stats 2010-2011 Playoffs".
- "Playoff Stats 2010-2011 Bench Penalties".
- Tim Thomas named playoff MVP
- Thomas wins 2nd Vezina
- Chara wins Messier Award
- Postseason All-Star teams
- B's Announce 2011 Award Winners
- Marchand Named NESN 7th Player
- Thomas, Thornton and Keith named 'Three Stars'
- Thomas tops NHL's 'Three Stars of the Week'
- Stamkos, Thomas top Oct. '3 Stars'
- Jokinen tops NHL's 'Three Stars of the Week'
- Bergeron tops 'Three Stars' for the month of January
- Bruins Make Seven Selections
- B's Acquire Warsofsky for Sobotka
- Avs deal Cohen to Boston for Hunwick
- Boston Bruins Make Two Trades Involving AHL Players
- B's Trade Sturm to LA for Future Considerations
- Chiarelli Speaks About the Sturm Trade
- Bruins Acquire Kelly From Senators
- B's Acquire Peverley, Valabik from Atlanta
- B's Acquire Laliberte and Chaput
- B's Acquire Goalie Khudobin from Wild
- Bruins Sign Jeremy Reich to one-year Contract
- B's Sign McIver, Schaefer
- Bruins Sign Wyatt Smith
- Bruins Sign McGrattan to a one-year contract
- B's Sign Defenseman Shane Hnidy
- Bruins Sign Marc Cantin to Entry-Level Contract
- Bruins Sign Carter Camper
- Capitals Sign Goaltender Dany Sabourin
- Marc Savard, Milan Lucic Integral Parts of Turning Around Bruins Offense
- Bruins Prospect Mikko Lehtonen Signs One-Year Deal in Swedish Elite League
- Preds Sign Forward Steve Begin
- Satan goes to Russia after 14 NHL seasons
- Bruins Sign Alexandrov
- Bruins Sign Shawn Thornton to a Two-Year Extension
- B's Sign Seidenberg to Extension
- Bruins Sign Johnny Boychuk to a Two-Year Contract Extension
- Recchi Re-Signed
- B's Sign Paille to a Two-Year Extension
- B's Sign Stuart to One-year Contract
- Bruins Sign Four Players
- Bruins Sign Blake Wheeler to a One-Year Contract
- Bruins Sign Seguin
- Bergeron Signed to 3-year Extension
- Chara Signs 7-year Contract Extension
- Bruins Sign Warsofsky
- B's Sign Randell to Entry-Level Contract
- Button Signed to Entry Level Contract
- "Kessel traded to Maple Leafs". The Sports Network. 18 September 2009.
- "Canes Re-Acquire Defensemen Aaron Ward". Carolina Hurricanes. 24 July 2009.
- "Sabres send Paille to Bruins for draft pick". NHL.COM. www.nhl.com. 20 October 2009.