“Boston Strong” has become a phrase of hope, unity, and perseverance in New England over the last two weeks following the Boston Marathon bombing attack and subsequent manhunt. A key symbol and place for rallying around that phrase and those emotions has been Boston Bruin home games so, as trivial as sports may seem some time, it’s important to also acknowledge those times when a team truly represents the town in which it plays. The Bruins adapt, play tough, and have what it takes to overcome the hardest of tests; in the hockey world, there’s no further proof necessary than their Stanley Cup championship from two years ago.
And now, with just a couple days left in the regular season, the Bruins are showing their determination by attempting to hold off division-rival Montreal to secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Doing so would create a possible Conference Final showdown with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team they faced in an intense matchup in the day after the bombing suspect was apprehended. Earlier this season, the two teams fought for the affections of Jerome Iginla to seek his approval for a trade. The Penguins won that contentious matchup, and the Boston Bruins were forced to move on and trade for former Penguin and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr to boost their power play in the postseason. The trade drama may come to pass later in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, but first the Bruins must get past the first round. See more below about their record versus possible NHL Playoff first round opponents.
The Boston Bruins obviously had a strange and emotional last few weeks of the season because of the tragic events surrounding the Boston Marathon. With two games postponed during that week, the Bruins’ return to the ice marked an important landmark for the city and an emotional moment for fans both in Boston and around the country.