Top-10 Bruins Playoff Moments of the Julien Era
Since Claude Julien took over behind the bench in 2007, the Bruins have made the postseason in all seven seasons. They won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years in 2011 and made it to Game 6 of the Final last season. And along the way, the Bruins have provided countless memorable moments for their fans.
As the Bruins prepare for their opening round series against Detroit that begins on Friday night at TD Garden, here’s a look back at the top-10 Bruins playoff moments during the Julien era:
Honorable Mention: 2011 G2 ECF: Tyler Seguin scores four points in 6-5 win over Tampa; 2013 G2 SCF: Daniel Paille nets OT winner against Chicago; 2011 G5 Rd. 1: Nathan Horton scores in double-OT against Montreal; 2008 G3 Rd. 1: Marc Savard scores OT winner against Montreal; 2013 G3 ECF: Patrice Bergeron scores in double OT against Pittsburgh.
10. 2011 Stanley Cup Final: Thomas tells Sedin to take a seat
From the very start of the 2011 Cup Final, there was hate between the Bruins and Canucks. And after Aaron Rome took out Nathan Horton with a vicious hit early in Game 3, things got ugly fast. Midway through the third, with the Bruins up 4-0 , Henrik Sedin was cutting to the front of the net alone. So Thomas took matters into his own hands and knocked Sedin to the ice. Thomas was letting the Canucks – up 2-0 in the series – know the Bruins weren’t messing around.
9. 2013 Eastern Conference Finals: Campbell shows his heart
Quite frankly, what Gregory Campbell did in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh last year wasn’t human. You know that whole thing about hockey players being tough? Well, Campbell took it to another level.
The center of the Merlot line dove to block a shot and suffered a broken leg. But with his team in the middle of the penalty kill, Campbell somehow got to his feet and stayed on the ice for nearly a minute. The penalty was killed off and Campbell finally made it back to the bench, to a standing ovation.
8. 2010 First Round: Satan makes his mark with double-OT winner
You all forgot about Miroslav Satan, didn’t you? Well, even though he wasn’t here for long, he made his mark.
In Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Buffalo, Satan scored the winner in double overtime to give the Bruins a 3-1 series lead. ‘Miro the Hero’, indeed.
7. 2011 Eastern Conference Final: Thomas makes ‘The Save’
Tim Thomas won the Conn Smythe trophy in 2011 for the countless saves he made in the Bruins run to the Cup. But there was one that was symbol of his all-time postseason performance.
With the Bruins up 2-1 in the third period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final against Tampa, Thomas made what came to be known as ‘The Save.’ He dove to his right and knocked a Steve Downie shot away with the paddle of his stick. Sick.
6. 2010 Second Round: Savard tallies OT winner in return from concussion
Marc Savard missed two months with a concussion after taking a blindside hit from Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke. But in his first game back – Game 1 of the 2010 East semifinals against Philadelphia – Savard blasted home the overtime winner from the right faceoff circle. Savard raced toward the glass after the goal, banged his stick on the ice and threw it into the stands. Of course, this series wouldn’t end the way it started for the Bruins.
5. 2011 Eastern Conference Final: Horton scores late in Game 7 to take down Lightning
Nathan Horton was a playoff hero in Boston. He scored big goal after big goal. And it was his winner with 7:33 left in the third period of Game 7 that propelled the B’s to a 1-0 win and on to the Cup final for the first time since 1990.
4. 2011 First Round: Horton knocks out Montreal with overtime winner in Game 7
The Bruins were one measly bounce from being eliminated from the playoffs in 2011. But Horton came to the rescue with the overtime winner to take down archival Montreal in Game 7.
3. 2008 First Round: Sturm shakes Garden, starts Bruins revival
This is the game that started at all. The Bruins were back in the playoffs after a two-year absence and were battling top-seeded Montreal to force a seventh game.
After a legendary back-and-forth game, Marco Sturm scored with 2:37 left to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead in which they would not relinquish. The B’s went on to get blown out in Game 7, but it was the starting point for the Bruins resurgence. After the goal, Jack Edwards told us that, “this building is vibrating!”
2. 2013 First Round: Historic comeback shocks Toronto in Game 7
The season was over. The Bruins trailed Toronto, 4-1, with just under 10 minutes to go in Game 7 of the opening round series. But just like the city in which they play, the Bruins didn’t quit. They scored three goals to tie the score – including two in the final two minutes with the goalie pulled. Patrice Bergeron tied it with 51 seconds left in regulation and then won it at 6:05 of overtime.
1. 2011 Stanley Cup Final: Bruins beat Canucks, 4-0, in Game 7 to capture first Stanley Cup in 39 years
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