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A Failure For a Future

First things first, the fact is the Boston Bruins didn’t make the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is the first time in seven years that the Bruins haven’t had a chance to vie for the cup. There are many reasons the B’s weren’t able to pull out all the tricks this year, but none of them count for excuses. The boys are going to have to do a lot of work before the start of next season in October. Many of the players had strong and passionate things to say about not making the cut-off this year. In spite of it all, the Bruins never lost hope, and I’m proud to say neither did their fans.

The Boston Bruins had a rocky start to their 2014-2015 season. For a large amount of their season, the Bruins played without heart and without the intent to win that they once had. Just last year, during the 2013-2014 season, the same Boston Bruins team won the Presidents’ Trophy. The Presidents’ Trophy is awarded to the NHL team that has the highest point total at the end of the regular season. This is one of the reasons that it is so shocking to hockey fans everywhere that the Bruins are not among the playoff competitors. In the beginning through most of the Bruins’ season it was hard for fans to watch, seeing as they were playing as though they had never won that trophy earlier in the year. As the season progressed, the Bruins played inconsistently, a quality never seen in this team before. It wasn’t until about the last twenty games that the Bruins began to play games like they had something to play for, with heart and pride. Unfortunately for them, this just wasn’t enough. Come Saturday April 11, the Bruins were finally at their last game of the regular season. At this point, they were out of the playoff picture. They needed to win their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Ottawa Senators had to lose their games in regulation. Unfortunately for them, Ottawa was on a hot-streak and Pittsburgh was playing the Buffalo Sabres, the bottom team in the league. Of course, everything that they didn’t want to happen happened. Pittsburgh and Ottawa both won, while the Bruins lost in a shootout, one of their weakest spots. The 2014-2015 Boston Bruins team also battled many injuries which made them lack defense and team chemistry. The main reason for this major Bruins failure was the lack of heart and lack of team pride and team chemistry.

Over the offseason, the B’s are going to have to work hard to get their act together. This was a rough season for the boys. Hopefully the Bruins will learn from this awful experience, and look at it like an experience they never wish to witness again. Over the offseason the B’s are going to have to train hard, and continue to stay in shape. Another hope is that the foundation will continue to train upcoming hockey players for our team. Over summer break, the Bruins need to try to make trades that may benefit the team. If possible, the Bruins should try to get more experienced players, because a large amount of their team are young players. Throughout the next six months they need to form relationships on and off the ice. They should develop the better chemistry that they need to make it farther in the 2015-2016 season. In order to make the playoffs and have a chance at next years cup, the Boston Bruins need to train hard and work harder. Next year is looking like a much brighter and better season for the boys in black and gold.

As for the players, many had little to say at the end of the last game of their season, and the last game until October. While the Bruins did come back and tie the game at Tampa, the final score did count as a loss as a result of the shootout. The Bruins found out late in the third period that even if they won their final game, it wouldn’t amount to the points they needed to win their spot in the playoffs. The lost was devastating for both the players and the fans. Boston never had to witness this pain of not even being considered for the cup. Milan Lucic said “I’ve never been through this, so it’s, it’s tough I mean you do whatever you can to give yourselves a chance to play for the cup and now you don’t even get a chance to play for it. It’s a terrible horrible feeling and sometimes you gotta go through things like this to make sure it never happens again, and that’s what I’m going through right now.” The team’s number one goalie, Tuukka Rask,  had something very similar to say, “We battled and I battled and just tried to give us a chance to win but for the last I don’t know how many games it’s just felt like if I let in more than two goals it’s gonna be done.” Boston’s captain Zdeno Chara told reporters that “it’s tough to find words.” Bergeron stated “we never should have come to this point.” His fellow forward, Brad Marchand, states that “it was a different year for sure.” It is clear the boys know that they had many chances to execute. They also are well aware of their team’s inconsistency. In the end the Bruins will definitely learn from this, and be a better team because of it. As Brett Hull once said “losing is essential to anyone’s success. The more you lose, the more you want to win.”

It was a sad ending for a rough season this year. As a Bruins fan you must continue to hold your heads up high and wear your black and gold with pride. The Bruins will learn from this tough miss, and hopefully we’ll see the angry pain in their hockey game next year. There’s no doubt that the players will come back next year desperate and hungry. Til’ next season boys!

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