June 11, 2013

It's no wonder 2013 feels a lot like 2011 for Bruins fans

By Jesse Connolly

With Mother Nature beginning to usher in summer weather for those of us in New England, and the Boston Bruins still taking to the ice in pursuit of every NHL teams' ultimate goal, these days probably feel quite similar to the ones we experienced back in June of 2011. 

The Hub of Hockey's beloved Black and Gold are closing in on their second championship in the last three seasons. With the team playing its best hockey at the perfect time, three opponents down and just one left standing in the way of the Stanley Cup, it's hard not to get that sense of déjà vu watching the 2013 playoffs unfold.

In looking back on Boston's 2011 Cup run, you'll find it has a lot more in common with this year's postseason than you might have expected. 

FACTOR

2011

2013

A 40-plus-year-old former Penguin seeking third Cup, playing on line with Patrice Bergeron

Mark Recchi

Jaromir Jagr

Sweeping a higher-seeded team from Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh Penguins 

Rookie inserted into lineup, dominates series

Tyler Seguin (Tampa)

Torey Krug (Rangers)

Bruin d-man leading the league in blocked shots

Dennis Seidenberg

Johnny Boychuk

A David Krejci hat trick

ECF Game 6 vs. Tampa

ECQF Game 4 vs. Toronto

Beating division rival in Game 7 OT in Rd. 1

Montreal Canadiens

Toronto Maple Leafs

A Bruin leading the NHL in playoff points

David Krejci (23)

David Krejci (21)

Eliminating a Hart Trophy finalist

Martin St. Louis (Tampa)

Sidney Crosby (Penguins)

Shutting down the reigning NHL MVP

Henrik Sedin (SCF, 1 pt in 7 GP)

Evgeni Malkin (ECF, 0 pts in 4 GP)

Unrestricted free agent seizing the moment

Michael Ryder

Nathan Horton

Nathan Horton's stats through three rounds

17 points, 3 game-winning goals

17 points, 3 game-winning goals

Score of last game in conference finals

1-0 over Tampa

1-0 over Pittsburgh

Day of week and location of last conference finals game

Friday, TD Garden 

Friday, TD Garden

Solved hot, veteran goalie who was in first year with team during conference finals

Dwayne Roloson (Tampa)

Tomas Vokoun (Penguins) 

 Beat previous year's loser from Eastern Conference finals

Montreal Canadiens

New York Rangers 

Johnny Boychuk coming up big offensively


3 playoff goals (3 in 69 reg. season games) 

5 playoff goals (1 in 44 reg. season games)

 Bruin leading NHL in save percentage in playoffs

Tim Thomas (.940)

Tuukka Rask (.943)

 Skater making a memorable glove save

Michael Ryder (vs. MTL) 

Zdeno Chara (vs. PIT) 

 Facing Presidents' Trophy winner in Stanley Cup Final

Vancouver Canucks 

Chicago Blackhawks 

 Facing Jennings Trophy winners with first names that start with "C" and "R" in Stanley Cup Final

Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider

Corey Crawford, Ray Emery

 Facing Selke Trophy finalist in Stanley Cup Final

Ryan Kesler 

Jonathan Toews 

 Bruins record in last nine home games heading into Stanley Cup Final

7-2 

7-2 

Facing Jack Adams Award finalist in Stanley Cup Final

Alain Vigneault  

Joel Quenneville 

Bruin leading all players who played in 10-plus playoff games in faceoff percentage

Patrice Bergeron (60.2)

Patrice Bergeron (61.0)

Drew millions of people to the streets of Boston for a championship parade for the ages

Yes - June 18

To be determined


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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com