Those transaction winds precipitated a round of returns to players’ previous domains. They did not, however, amount to much of a shift in the team’s regular-season achievements.
For the fourth time in six years, the Bruins finished first in their division, topping seven cohabitants in the new-look Atlantic. They went on to upgrade that feat to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference and then the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record.
Naturally, this week will see those accomplishments swept away and dumped out in the Zamboni snow. A fresh sheet is approaching in the form of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.
With that said, the Bruins will not commence their first-round series until this Friday. The five-day gap between the regular-season finale and the playoff opener yields a lengthy waiting period to assess postseason expectations based on the preceding 82-game log.
To pass the time in the eye of the 2013-14 tempest, here is a look back at the Bruins’ most momentous occurrences from the past six months. They range from game-eclipsing side stories to marquee wins and winning streaks that emboldened Boston’s league-leading 54-19-9 run.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics for this report were found via nhl.com