When the Boston Bruins took to the Garden ice on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks in a Stanley Cup Final rematch, they really didn't have a whole lot more to prove. After all, the Bruins were the ones who dominated Vancouver each and every time they stepped onto the ice in Boston last June, a domination that would lead the black and gold to their first title in 39 long years.
Nonetheless, it was the Canucks that prevailed—thanks to four goals, all via the power play—against the Bruins in game eight of this new-found, hostile rivalry. Boston saw both Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand receive game misconducts, and they yielded Vancouver's two fatal goal tallies during the five-minute major that Marchand was assessed for clipping Canucks defenseman Sami Salo.
Discipline was a problem for the B's in this rematch, and it will be something to work on moving forward. If nothing else, we learned that the 2011-12 version of the Boston Bruins is not a perfect juggernaut.
Still, here are a dozen reasons why Claude Julien still coaches the best team in the National Hockey League nearly seven months after hoisting the Stanley Cup.