Boston Bruins: The Franchise's Top 10 Stories of the Year in 2012

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Boston Bruins: The Franchise's Top 10 Stories of the Year in 2012
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The Boston Bruins swung and missed on the virtually futile task of repeating as Stanley Cup champions in 2012. A Game 7 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals cut off their title defense after only one round in the playoffs.

In turn, New England puckheads will inevitably remember this calendar year in a less picturesque light than they will 2011.

More tellingly, though, there is one front-office figure and one key on-ice contributor who, with their respective storylines, can personify the team’s rise to the summit and subsequent descent to a more earthly level.

That being said, the Bruins have not exactly reverted to 2006, either. They repeated as the regular-season champions in the Northeast Division and saw one of their longest-tenured players nab a hunk of hardware after the season.

All of those momentous developments and others are recounted and ranked as follows in a recap of this calendar year for America’s oldest NHL franchise.

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