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Regular Season Record: 46-25--11 (3rd in Eastern Conference)
Regular Season Points: 103
1st Round: 4-3 vs. Montreal Canadians
2nd Round: 4-0 vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Conference Finals: 4-3 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Stanley Cup Finals: 4-3 vs. Vancouver Canucks
After blowing a 3-0 series lead during the 2010 playoffs, the Boston Bruins were eager to move on after their epic collapse.
While this team lacked an offensive superstar, their depth helped them become the fifth-highest scoring team during the regular season despite losing Marc Savard early on. Even with Savard out of action, the presence of David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, rookie Tyler Seguin and midseason acquisition Rich Peverly gave the Bruins the option to have a reliable center on every scoring line.
Milan Lucic led Boston with 30 goals and tied Krejci as the team leader in points with 62.
Zdeno Chara anchored the defense for this team along with Denis Seidenberg, helping the Bruins post the NHL's second-best goal differential.
After trailing the Montreal Canadians 2-0 in the first round, the Bruins won four of the next five games to advance to the second round against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston was out for revenge after losing four straight to the Flyers the previous year after going up 3-0 in the series. The Bruins responded with a sweep and advanced to the conference finals for the first time in 19 years.
The Bruins finished off the Tampa Bay Lightning after winning a 1-0 Game 7 grinder on home ice.
The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals would guarantee a championship for one long-suffering base. The Vancouver Canucks had never won the Cup in their 40-year history and the Bruins had not won it all since 1972.
Vancouver went up 2-0 in the series after winning the first two games at home by only a goal. Game 1 was a 1-0 grinder and Game 2 was decided only 11 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 win.
The series shifted to New England with the Canucks looking like they were going to make this a quick series. Boston responded with a 8-1 rout in Game 3.
The momentum of the series began to shift after Nathan Horton was knocked out of the series after a hit from Canucks defenceman Aaron Rose in the first period. Rose was suspended for the remainder of the playoffs and the Bruins responded with 4-0 win in Game 4 to tie the series up heading back to the Pacific Northwest.
After a horrendous performance on the road, Roberto Luongo shut out the Bruins 1-0 in Game 5 and the Canucks were now one win away from that elusive championship.
The home team won for the sixth consecutive game with the Bruins tormenting Luongo again on their home ice. Boston scored four goals in the first period of Game 6 to make this series go the distance.
Patrice Bergeron scored early in the first period of Game 7 and that would be all the Bruins needed to win their first title since the days of Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito.
Tim Thomas finished off his Conn Smythe-winning performance by stopping 37 shots from the Canucks to help Boston win 4-0. Not bad for someone who was backup and on the trading block before the season started.
The 2011 Boston Bruins were the first team to win three Game 7s in the same postseason and Tim Thomas set an NHL playoff record with 798 saves.
Another Boston title drought ended and Mark Recchi finished his Hall of Fame career with another Stanley Cup championship.