The Bruins' Season Opener Is Upon Us: Can Boston Repeat Last Year's Success?

Ryan PickardCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2009

Scott Walker shoots—he scores! The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 and are moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals.

These were the last words from the Bruins' 2008-09 season.

I can still remember this game perfectly and just watching Walker punch in the OT winner to finish off the Bruins, crushing yet another dream of the B's winning the Cup that has eluded them for so long—37 years, to be exact.

The '08-09 season for the Bruins was a rejuvenation of hockey in Beantown. The Bruins finished with 116 points and first place in the Eastern Conference. Expectations were high and made even higher after the B's swept the rival Canadiens in the first round.

Then they ran into the Carolina Hurricanes and Cam Ward.

The Bruins just didn't seem to have as much gas as they had against the Canadiens, and that can be expected after such a long, grueling season. We would learn even more after the series as to why this was. David Krejci was playing injured for half the year, along with Phil Kessel and even Zdeno Chara.

With such an amazing year, expectations have been raised even higher for this upcoming year. The only key loss for the Bruins was the departure of Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs, although the Bruins did get a 2010 first round and second round pick along with a 2011 first round pick.

The B's also brought in a couple of new guys, Steve Begin and Derek Morris.

Morris brings in another puck-moving defenseman, which the Bruins desperately needed. Even with the loss of Kessel, the B's have enough forwards that can make up for that production.

An added bonus is Krejci is expected to be ready for the opener. Krejci underwent offseason hip surgery and was expected to be out until mid-December but has been able to rehab and is just about back to 100 percent.

The Bruins open up at home against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Thursday night at 7 p.m. You can expect the Garden to be rocking once again as the Bruins begin another March for Lord Stanley's Cup.

As is said so much at Bruins games, Let's Go Bruins!