Boston Bruins: 10 Moments of the 2010-11 Playoffs
The Boston Bruins memorable run to the Stanley Cup was filled with moments that will be ingrained in our memory for the rest of our lives. They had us on the edge of our seats, they had us crying tears of both sadness and joy.
They've given our generation stories to tell our children.
Now, let's take a look back on their Top 10 Moments of the 2010-11 Playoff run.
Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Sedins
A moment that will go down in hockey history.
In an attempt to be the bigger man, Daniel Sedin refused to retaliate when rookie Brad Marchand turned him into a speed bag.
Rather than looking like the bigger man, Sedin looked downright foolish. It’s an embarrassment to him and the rest of his team that further proved their inability to respond to the Bruins pushing them around.
The Glove Save
Michael Ryder glove save.
This miraculous save earned itself a “The” in front of it.
Because it wasn’t just any save.
It was a ridiculous glove save made by forward Michael Ryder that changed the tone of the game completely. Just look for yourself.
Double OT Robbery
Just moments before Horton’s heroics in double OT, Tim Thomas made a superhero save stopping a golden opportunity for the Montreal Canadiens.
Just over five minutes into double overtime, Brian Gionta and Travis Moen had a 2-on-1 opportunity.
Moving right to left across the goal mouth, Tim Thomas made a miracle save that helped to lift the B’s over the Habs seconds later.
The 3-0 series comeback of the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010 playoffs is an event that all Boston fans wish they could erase from their memory.
Of course, the nightmare was unburied yet again going into the second round of the playoffs where the Boston Bruins faced the Philadelphia Flyers.
The B’s did not let history repeat as they busted out their brooms and swept Philly out of the playoffs in a very dominant fashion, outscoring them by a total of 20 goals to 7.
Nathan Horton Comes Up Big
It was the game that gave Boston the series lead.
After going down two games to none to Montreal, the Boston Bruins pulled themselves out of a seemingly insurmountable hole.
In one of the tightest games of the playoffs, Nathan Horton came up huge. At 9:03 of double overtime, defenseman Andrew Ference threw a puck on net and Horton was right on the doorstep.
Tyler Seguin dazzles
Everyone wanted Claude to start rookie hopeful Tyler Seguin.
The B’s outlasted the Habs in the first round and pounded Philly in the second.
When Patrice Bergeron went down in Game 4 of the second round with a mild concussion, it was Seguin’s time to shine.
While Seguin only managed to tally an abysmal 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points during the regular season, he put on a breakout performance in his playoff debut. In the Eastern Conference Final, Tyler tied the NHL playoff record with his two-goal and two-assist second period in Game 2.
Other players with this record? Hockey legends Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.
Nathan Horton strikes again
The sound of Jack Edwards voice was chilling.
“Horton, top of the circle, the drive, SCOOOOORE! The Bruins knock out Montreal!”
The immense amount of emotion translated perfectly through his words.
And this was only the start of Boston’s magical and memorable journey to The Cup.
Third time’s the charm?
In arguably the most well-played game of the entire 2010-11 regular season and playoffs, Nathan Horton came up huge yet again.
It was Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Not a single goal had been scored and not a single penalty had been called, that was until the third period, with just a little over seven minutes left in the game.
After a crafty pass by David Krejci, Horton notched the only goal of the game that sent the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final.
Superman with the Save of the Year
Steve Downie was robbed of what should’ve been a guaranteed goal.
With a miraculous move and inhuman instincts, Tim Thomas slapped the puck away from the net with one of the greatest stick saves in NHL history.
The reasoning for Downie wallowing in grief on the bench after his team had already gone back to the locker room is unknown.
I’d like to think he was suffering with some type of Tim Thomas-induced shock.
Tim Thomas Shines and the Cup Comes Home
What else would claim the top spot?
Tim Thomas finished off his stellar playoff performance and record-breaking season by shutting out the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Thomas and the rest of the Bruins raised The Cup on Vancouver ice, not only ending a 39 year drought but silencing the doubters.
The Canucks were statistically the better team but with perseverance, passion, and unmatched resiliency, the Boston Bruins worked together to bring the Stanley Cup home.