The 90th calendar year of the Boston Bruins fits the full definition of “memorable” as soundly as its primal competitors. The term does not carry strictly positive connotations, just like how some of 2013’s top headlines were not the sweetest moments for the palates of the Spoked-B faithful.
With that said, the plus points were rather qualitative and quantitative as well.
A full-length playoff run will all but effortlessly place a couple of items in the upper echelon of any sports franchise’s almanac. In 2013, the Bruins went on a run to the Stanley Cup Final and ultimately found themselves on the polar opposite ends of two unforgettably startling, series-deciding twists.
A series of transactions and one particular non-transaction beforehand and afterward had a role in either that playoff trek or the ongoing 2013-14 regular season. Meanwhile, a few homegrown specimens have blossomed on the blue line and in the blue paint.
The team also functioned as a critical catalyst at a time when its city needed normalcy, and the mere occurrence and full attendance of games made a vastly greater statement than the outcomes of those games.
More complete details on these developments and more are in the following slides as we rank the most momentous Bruins-related stories in 2013.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via NHL.com and are through games of Sunday, December 22