2011 NHL Playoffs: Boston Bruins: Top Five Players in Their Quest for the Cup

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2011 NHL Playoffs: Boston Bruins: Top Five Players in Their Quest for the Cup
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The Boston Bruins with the 2011 Prince of Wales Trophy

The Boston Bruins are the National Hockey League's 2011 Eastern Conference Champions. They will take on the Western Conference Champion Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals which begin on Wednesday June 1, 2011.

The Bruins have made it to this point by playing as a team. Captain Zdeno Chara wanted the world to know this team became Eastern Conference Champions by believing in, and trusting one another. That is why he had the team surround him and the Prince of Wales trophy after it was presented to him. Of course, he continued the tradition of not touching the trophy and opted for a team picture with it. None of the Bruins touched the trophy. Like Chara, the only trophy they want to touch is the Stanley Cup.

While it is true Boston won the east as a team, it is also true that, like any team that makes it to the championship round of their respective sport, there were players who raised their games to a higher level. A new level that will give their teammates the opportunity to follow their lead and win the Stanley Cup. 

Those players who have been the best of the best for the Boston Bruins are forwards, David Krejci, Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, and goaltender Tim Thomas.

On the following pages, you will learn how they rose to the test that is Stanley Cup playoff hockey.   

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