With two Original Six teams in town this week, we thought we’d dedicate this version of the Throwback Thursday Top 10 to the Bruins’ best Original Six matchups of the last decade (2004-2014). Sure, it may not be much of a throwback, but some of these games still have a bit of nostalgia nonetheless. Let’s go straight to the list.
10. Bruins-Maple Leafs, October, 2010
It was the first game where former Bruins Tyler Seguin and Phil Kessel shared the same ice surface. So it was quite ironic when Seguin, drafted second overall that June – one of the pieces in the Kessel trade – scored his second goal of his career. What followed, however, was a chant that followed No. 81 each time he came to Boston.
Those were the days, weren’t they?
9. Bruins-Red Wings, November, 2008
After stringing up several wins in a row, the Black and Gold had one of the biggest matchups of the early season when they welcomed the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings to town.
Surely, the Black and Gold were still a little ways from becoming one of the elite teams. But that 5-1 victory two days after Thanksgiving gave the B’s an 11-1-1 record in November and put the rest of the National Hockey League on notice.
8. Bruins-Rangers, Game 1, 2013
Coming off their epic comeback in Game 7 against the Leafs, the Bruins welcomed the New York Rangers for their first playoff matchup in 40 years. Brad Marchand netted the game-winner, but it was Torey Krug, who was called up from Providence to fill a void for Dennis Seidenberg’s injury, that stole the show tying the game at 2-2 early in the third.
Krug not only provided a spark in Game 1, but really gave the team a shot in the arm that series with four goals in five games. And now, he’s a mainstay on the Bruins’ power play and a candidate for the Calder Trophy as the leagues top rookie.
7. Bruins-Blackhawks, Game 1, 2013
The storyline was set for the first Original Six matchup in the Stanley Cup Final since 1979. That series sure started off with a bang.
The Bruins had a 3-1 lead in the third period before the Blackhawks tied it up at 3-3 at the United Center. The two teams would trade chances over the next 40 plus minutes before Andrew Shaw finally ended it with his triple overtime clincher.
6. Bruins-Canadiens Game 2, 2004
Call this one a hidden gem.
Although this was not as eventful a time in The Hub of Hockey, Patrice Bergeron did have his first big postseason moment in a highly entertaining Game 2 between the two hated rivals. The Quebec-born forward tallied a goal and an assist, including his first career overtime winner, to give the Black and Gold a 2-0 series lead.
5. Bruins-Habs February 9, 2011
Some fans thought that the Bruins-Canadiens rivalry lost a little swagger prior to this matchup. Well those who did were proven wrong.
In a game that saw 14 goals, over 200 penalty minutes and a goalie fight between Tim Thomas and Carey Price, the Bruins finally got their first win of the season against their hated rivals. Yet, the best – or in some cases the worst – was yet to come in the 2010-11 chapter of the rivalry.
4. Bruins-Blackhawks Game 6, 2013
Seventeen seconds is an image that the Bruins would like to forget, and with the Blackhawks at the scene of the crime for the first time since that infamous moment, they’ll have that chance.
The big picture heading into Thursday? This game is worth two points in the standings, and those two points could help the Black and Gold clinch the Atlantic Division title.
3. Bruins-Habs Game 7, 2011
It was only fitting that this game, and this series, would end in overtime. Just ask Nathan Horton.
2. Bruins-Habs Game 6, 2008
This was a game for the ages.
The heavily favored Habs had their way with the Black and Gold winning all eight meetings against them during the 2007-08 regular season. But they had a little trouble against the eighth seeded B’s in the first round, and couldn’t finish them off in Game 5 at the Bell Centre.
Montreal had more difficulty in Game 6 and couldn’t finish off the deal after holding three leads. While the Black and Gold couldn’t complete the comeback in Game 7, Marco Sturm’s game-winner on this night is still a lasting image, and one of the first big moments in the Claude Julien era.
1. Bruins-Leafs Game 7, 2013
Its well documented by now. The Bruins looked down and out as they trailed the Maple Leafs 4-1 with less than 15 minutes left in the third period. What followed, was the greatest comeback in team history.