2009–10 Boston Bruins season

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2009–10 Boston Bruins
Division 3rd Northeast
Conference 6th Eastern
2009–10 record 39–30–13
Home record 18–17–6
Road record 21–13–7
Goals for 206
Goals against 200
Team information
General Manager Peter Chiarelli
Coach Claude Julien
Captain Zdeno Chara
Alternate captains Patrice Bergeron
Marco Sturm (Oct.1–Nov.5, Apr.11)
Steve Begin (Nov.7–Dec.10)
Marc Savard (Dec.12–Jan.7, Mar.4)
Mark Recchi (Jan.5–Apr.11)
Derek Morris (Jan.9–Feb.9)
Mark Stuart (Mar.9)
David Krejci (Apr.11)
Milan Lucic (Apr.11)
Arena TD Garden
Fenway Park (1 game)
Average attendance 17,388 (99.0%)
Total: 695,543
Team leaders
Goals Marco Sturm (22)
Assists Zdeno Chara (37)
Points Patrice Bergeron (52)
David Krejci (52)
Penalties in minutes Shawn Thornton (141)
Plus/minus Zdeno Chara (+19)
Wins Tuukka Rask (22)
Goals against average Tuukka Rask (1.97)
<2008–09 2010–11>

The 2009–10 Boston Bruins season is the Bruins' 86th season in the National Hockey League (NHL). Their regular season began with a nationally-televised home game against the Washington Capitals on October 1, 2009, and ended with a road game against the same Capitals team on April 11, 2010. The Bruins failed to defend their regular-season division and conference titles from the 2008–09 season.

Off-season[edit]

At the Entry Draft, the Bruins chose Jordan Caron with their first-round pick, 25th over-all. The NHL announced on July 15, 2009, that the Bruins would face the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day at Fenway Park.[1]

Due to salary cap constraints and free agent movement, General Manager Peter Chiarelli made substantial changes to the Bruins' lineup in the offseason. Most notable was the trade of leading goalscorer Phil Kessel, who declined contract offers and was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for three draft picks on September 18. Other departures included winger P. J. Axelsson—at eleven seasons, the longest tenured Bruin—center Stephane Yelle, defensemen Shane Hnidy and Steve Montador, and goaltender Manny Fernandez. These veteran players were considered expendable due to competition from younger, lower-paid players in the Bruins organization.

Chiarelli entered the 2009 offseason with the goal of acquiring an offensive-minded defenseman, in part due to Boston's weakness in that area during the previous playoffs. On July 24, defenseman Derek Morris signed a one-year contract with the team. Gritty forward Steve Begin was also signed to provide forward depth. In goal, Fernandez was replaced with rookie Tuukka Rask, who had spent several seasons being developed in the AHL.

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Bruins were slow to gain traction with their retooled roster, alternating wins and losses in the early weeks of the season. Chiarelli quickly dealt popular winger Chuck Kobasew to Minnesota while penalty killing expert Daniel Paille was brought in from Buffalo in exchange for draft picks, a move that was interpreted as a sign of dissatisfaction with the team's productivity.

In particular, the team struggled offensively in Kessel's absence. Having nearly finished first in scoring the previous season, the Bruins lingered near the bottom of the league in goal production. However, they were able to stay competitive due to their exceptional defense and strong goaltending tandem. While defending Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas was recovering from an early injury, rookie netminder Tuukka Rask emerged as a potential Calder Trophy candidate. A four-game winning streak in November set the Bruins back on course, and a 5-1-0 home record in December got them back into the divisional race by Christmas.

Perhaps the most memorable game of the season was the Winter Classic, which the Bruins hosted at Fenway Park in Boston. Despite trailing for most of the game, they rallied in the final moments and won in overtime before a large national audience. After the game, Thomas was announced as a member of the United States men's hockey team, joining five teammates (Bergeron, Chara, Sturm, Krejci, and Satan) who would represent various countries in Vancouver.

The Bruins went on a long losing streak lasting from mid-January to just before the Olympic break.

In the 81st game of the season, the Bruins scored three shorthanded goals in a span of 64 seconds. This outburst during a single penalty kill not only equaled their previous shorthanded goal total for the entire season, it was a NHL record for the fastest three shorthanded goals during a game.[2] The 4-2 victory over the Hurricanes secured a playoff spot for the Bruins.

The Bruins finished the regular season having scored 196 goals (excluding 10 shootout-winning goals), the fewest in the League. They were the most disciplined team in the League, with a league-low 37 power-play goals against.[3][4]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northeast Division[5]
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Buffalo Sabres 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
2 Ottawa Senators 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
3 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 38 14 214 263 74

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[6]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals SE 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
2 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
3 y – Buffalo Sabres NE 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
5 Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
7 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
12 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
13 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 222 264 79
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 32 37 13 208 244 77
15 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 30 38 14 214 267 74

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)

AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

Game log[edit]

2009–10 game log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs[edit]

The Bruins clinched a playoff spot for the third consecutive season.[7]

Playoff log[edit]

2010 Stanley Cup playoffs
  • Scorer of game-winning goal in italics
  • *Denotes if necessary

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Date
Tuukka Rask[13] NHL Third Star of the Week April 5, 2010
Mark Recchi[14] Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee Nominated by the Writers' Association for league-wide recognition.

On April 8, prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced its award winners for the season.

Bruins annual awards
Player Award Notes
Tuukka Rask[15] NESN Seventh Player Award Awarded to the player who exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the season.
Mark Recchi Eddie Shore Award Awarded to the player who exhibits exceptional hustle and determination.
Patrice Bergeron Elizabeth C. Dufresne Trophy Awarded by the Boston Chapter of the PHWA, for outstanding performance during home games.
Shawn Thornton John P. Bucyk Award Awarded to the Bruin with the greatest off-ice charitable contributions.
Patrice Bergeron
David Krejci
Tuukka Rask
Three Star Awards Awarded to the top performers at home over the course of the season.

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Brad Marchand 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
October 21, 2009
Mark Recchi 1,500th career NHL game October 24, 2009
Mark Recchi 900th career NHL assist November 10, 2009
Shawn Thornton 400th career NHL PIM November 16, 2009
Tuukka Rask 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
November 20, 2009
Marc Savard 200th career NHL goal December 2, 2009
Johnny Boychuk 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
December 5, 2009
Johnny Boychuk 1st career NHL assist December 10, 2009
Adam McQuaid 1st career NHL game December 19, 2009
Vladimir Sobotka 100th career NHL game December 23, 2009
Matt Hunwick 100th career NHL game December 27, 2009
Adam McQuaid 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
February 7, 2010
Jeffrey Penner 1st career NHL game March 9, 2010
David Krejci 100th career NHL assist March 25, 2010
Steve Begin 100th career NHL point April 10, 2010
Zach Hamill 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
April 11, 2010

On December 23, Claude Julien coached his 200th game for Boston, a 6–4 win over Atlanta.

Transactions[edit]

The Bruins have been involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.

Trades

Personnel[edit]

Final roster[edit]

Updated May 2, 2010.[45]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
27 Canada Begin, SteveSteve Begin LW L 36 2009 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
37 Canada Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron (A) C R 29 2003 L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec
65 Canada Bodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk D L 26 2006 Drumheller, Alberta
55 Canada Boychuk, JohnnyJohnny Boychuk D R 30 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
33 Slovakia Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara (C) D L 37 2006 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
21 Canada Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference D L 35 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
52 Canada Hamill, ZachZach Hamill C R 25 2007 Vancouver, British Columbia
48 United States Hunwick, MattMatt Hunwick D L 29 2004 Warren, Michigan
46 Czech Republic Krejci, DavidDavid Krejci Injured Reserve C R 28 2004 Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
43 United States Larman, DrewDrew Larman C R 29 2009 Canton, Michigan
68 Finland Lehtonen, MikkoMikko Lehtonen RW R 27 2005 Espoo, Finland
17 Canada Lucic, MilanMilan Lucic LW L 26 2006 Vancouver, British Columbia
63 Canada Marchand, BradBrad Marchand C L 26 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia
54 Canada McQuaid, AdamAdam McQuaid D R 27 2007 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
20 Canada Paille, DanielDaniel Paille LW L 30 2009 Welland, Ontario
62 Canada Penner, JeffreyJeffrey Penner D R 27 2008 Steinbach, Manitoba
40 Finland Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask G L 27 2006 Savonlinna, Finland
28 Canada Recchi, MarkMark Recchi (A) RW L 46 2009 Kamloops, British Columbia
73 Canada Ryder, MichaelMichael Ryder RW R 34 2008 Bonavista, Newfoundland
32 Canada Sabourin, DanyDany Sabourin G L 33 2009 Val-d'Or, Quebec
81 Slovakia Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan RW L 39 2010 Jacovce, Czechoslovakia
74 Canada Sauve, MaximeMaxime Sauve C L 24 2008 Tours, France
91 Canada Savard, MarcMarc Savard C L 37 2006 Ottawa, Ontario
44 Germany Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenberg Injured Reserve D L 33 2010 Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany
60 Czech Republic Sobotka, VladimirVladimir Sobotka C L 27 2005 Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
45 United States Stuart, MarkMark Stuart D L 30 2003 Rochester, Minnesota
16 Germany Sturm, MarcoMarco Sturm Injured Reserve LW L 35 2005 Dingolfing, West Germany
30 United States Thomas, TimTim Thomas G L 40 2002 Flint, Michigan
22 Canada Thornton, ShawnShawn Thornton RW R 37 2007 Oshawa, Ontario
26 United States Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler RW R 27 2008 Plymouth, Minnesota
42 Canada Whitfield, TrentTrent Whitfield C L 37 2009 Estevan, Saskatchewan
6 Canada Wideman, DennisDennis Wideman D R 31 2007 Kitchener, Ontario
44 United States Wozniewski, AndyAndy Wozniewski D L 34 2009 Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Staff[edit]

Boston Bruins staff

Hockey operations

Coaching staff

Management

Draft picks[edit]

Boston's picks at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 25 Jordan Caron Right Wing  Canada Rimouski Océanic (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
3 86 Ryan Button Defense  Canada Prince Albert Raiders (Western Hockey League)
4 112 (from Philadelphia) Lane MacDermid Forward  United States Windsor Spitfires (Ontario Hockey League)
6 176 Tyler Randell RW  Canada Kitchener Rangers (Ontario Hockey League)
7 206 Ben Sexton Center  Canada Nepean Raiders (Central Junior A Hockey League)

Farm teams[edit]

American Hockey LeagueProvidence Bruins (standings)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NHL To Make History at Fenway Park
  2. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=300410001
  3. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2010.html
  4. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/BOS/2010_games.html
  5. ^ "2009–2010 Standings by Division". National Hockey League. 
  6. ^ "2009–2010 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. 
  7. ^ Bruins clinch playoff spot, set SH record
  8. ^ Blowing 3-0 Series Lead
  9. ^ a b "2009-2010 Regular Season". Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Team Stats 2009-2010 Regular Season". Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "2009-2010 Playoffs". Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Team Stats 2009-2010 Playoffs". Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  13. ^ Halak, Saku Koivu, Rask named 'Three Stars'
  14. ^ Recchi Nominated for Masterton
  15. ^ Rask Named 7th Player
  16. ^ Bruins Acquire Rights to Kampfer
  17. ^ B's Acquire Wild from Edmonton
  18. ^ B's Acquire Draft Pick for Morris
  19. ^ B's Acquire Seidenberg, Trade Bitz
  20. ^ Bruins Sign Steve Bégin
  21. ^ a b B's Sign Fata and Sabourin
  22. ^ a b c d Bruins Sign Four Players
  23. ^ Bruins Sign Derek Morris
  24. ^ Boston Bruins Sign Defenseman Andy Wozniewski to a One-Year Contract
  25. ^ B's Announce Roster Moves
  26. ^ BRUINS SIGN MIROSLAV SATAN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON
  27. ^ MONTADOR AGREES TO TERMS
  28. ^ Wild signs defenseman Shane Hnidy
  29. ^ Bulletin: Senators sign centre Martin St. Pierre
  30. ^ AXELSSON SIGNS 4-YEAR DEAL WITH SWEDEN'S FROLUNDA
  31. ^ Wings sign Eaves to one-year deal
  32. ^ Canes Agree to Terms with Stephane Yelle
  33. ^ Bruins Sign Center Jamie Arniel
  34. ^ Krejci Signed to a Multi-Year Extension
  35. ^ Bruins Re-sign Byron Bitz
  36. ^ Bruins Ink Johnny Boychuk
  37. ^ Mark Recchi Re-signs with Boston
  38. ^ B's Re-sign Defenseman Matt Hunwick
  39. ^ Bruins Re-sign Milan Lucic
  40. ^ Rask Signed to Contract Extension
  41. ^ Savard Signs Contract Extension
  42. ^ Bruins Sign Andrew Ference to Three-Year Extension
  43. ^ a b c d Boston Bruins Sign Four to Contracts
  44. ^ Bruins Sign Bartkowski
  45. ^ "Boston Bruins - Team - Roster". Boston Bruins. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 

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