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2009–10 Boston Bruins · NHL
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
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– )
Derek Morris (Jan.9–Feb.9)
Mark Stuart (Mar.9)
David Krejci (Apr.11)
Milan Lucic (Apr.11)
Arena TD Garden
Average attendance 16,169 (92.1%)
Total: 662,929
Team leaders
Goals Marco Sturm (22)
Assists Zdeno Chara (37)
Points Patrice Bergeron (52)
David Krejci (52)
Penalties in minutes Shawn Thornton (141)
Wins Tuukka Rask (22)
Goals against average Tuukka Rask (1.97)

The 2009–10 Boston Bruins season is the Bruins' 85th 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 longtime Bruin winger P.J. Axelsson, 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 for gritty Daniel Paille, 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 3 short handed goals in a span of 64 seconds giving the 2009-2010 team the nickname "shorty." The 4-2 victory over the hurricanes secured the bruins of a playoff spot.

Divisional standings Edit

Northeast Division GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
1 yBuffalo 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 GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
pWashington Capitals 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
yNew Jersey Devils 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
yBuffalo Sabres 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
Ottawa Senators 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
Philadelphia Flyers 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
Montreal Canadiens 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
New York Rangers 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
Carolina Hurricanes 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
New York Islanders 82 34 37 11 222 264 79
Florida Panthers 82 32 37 13 208 244 77
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 38 14 214 267 74
bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)

Game log Edit

2009–10 Game Log
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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.[2]

Playoff logEdit

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

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

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

Regular season[3]</small>
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron 73 19 33 52 6 28
Krejci, DavidDavid Krejci 79 17 35 52 8 26
Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara 80 7 37 44 19 87
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 81 18 25 43 4 34
Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler 82 18 20 38 -4 53
Sturm, MarcoMarco Sturm 76 22 15 37 14 30
Savard, MarcMarc Savard 41 10 23 33 2 14
Ryder, MichaelMichael Ryder 82 18 15 33 3 35
Wideman, DennisDennis Wideman 76 6 24 30 -14 34
Morris, DerekDerek Morris 58 3 22 25 -2 26
Lucic, MilanMilan Lucic 50 9 11 20 -7 44
Paille, DanielDaniel Paille 74 10 9 19 -4 12
Boychuk, JohnnyJohnny Boychuk 51 5 10 15 10 43
Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan 38 9 5 14 8 12
Begin, SteveSteve Begin 77 5 9 14 -7 53
Hunwick, MattMatt Hunwick 76 6 8 14 -16 32
Thornton, ShawnShawn Thornton 74 1 9 10 -9 141
Sobotka, VladimirVladimir Sobotka 61 4 6 10 -7 30
Bitz, ByronByron Bitz 45 4 5 9 -9 31
Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenberg 17 2 6 8 9 6
Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference 51 0 8 8 -7 16
Stuart, MarkMark Stuart 56 2 5 7 1 80
Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask 45 0 3 3 2
Whitfield, TrentTrent Whitfield 16 0 1 1 -2 7
McQuaid, AdamAdam McQuaid 19 1 0 1 -5 21
Marchand, BradBrad Marchand 20 0 1 1 -3 20
Hamill, ZachZach Hamill 1 0 1 1 1 0
Kobasew, ChuckChuck Kobasew 7 0 1 1 -2 2
Lefebvre, GuillaumeGuillaume Lefebvre 1 0 0 0 0 0
Larman, DrewDrew Larman 4 0 0 0 -1 0
Wozniewski, AndyAndy Wozniewski 2 0 0 0 0 0
Lehtonen, MikkoMikko Lehtonen 1 0 0 0 -1 0
Bodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk 5 0 0 0 -2 2
Penner, JeffreyJeffrey Penner 2 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas, TimTim Thomas 43 0 0 0 8
Totals 196 347 543 -2[4] 929
  • Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Bruins. Stats reflect time with the Bruins only.
  • Denotes player was traded mid-season.
  • (G)Denotes goaltender.

Playoffs[5]</small>
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron 12 4 7 11 5 2
Wideman, DennisDennis Wideman 12 1 10 11 4 4
Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan 12 5 5 10 4 14
Recchi, MarkMark Recchi 12 6 3 9 1 6
Krejci, DavidDavid Krejci 9 4 4 8 3 2
Lucic, MilanMilan Lucic 12 3 4 7 1 19
Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara 12 2 4 6 1 29
Hunwick, MattMatt Hunwick 12 0 6 6 0 2
Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler 12 1 5 6 -6 6
Boychuk, JohnnyJohnny Boychuk 12 2 3 5 0 4
Ryder, MichaelMichael Ryder 12 3 1 4 -4 2
Savard, MarcMarc Savard 6 1 2 3 3 10
Paille, DanielDaniel Paille 12 0 2 2 -2 2
Sobotka, VladimirVladimir Sobotka 12 0 2 2 -10 15
Begin, SteveSteve Begin 12 1 0 1 -6 10
Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference 12 0 1 1 -8 18
Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask 12 0 1 1 0
McQuaid, AdamAdam McQuaid 9 0 0 0 -4 6
Stuart, MarkMark Stuart 3 0 0 0 -3 6
Sturm, MarcoMarco Sturm 7 0 0 0 0 4
Thornton, ShawnShawn Thornton 11 0 0 0 -3 4
Whitfield, TrentTrent Whitfield 3 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 33 60 93 -5[6] 167

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GPI = Games Played In; MIN = Minutes played; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; SV% = Save Percentage

Regular season[3]
Player GPI MIN GAA W L OT SO SA GA SV%
Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask 45 2562 1.97 22 12 5 5 1221 84 .931
Thomas, TimTim Thomas 43 2442 2.56 17 18 8 5 1221 104 .915
Combined 5004 2.25 39 30 13 10 2442 188 .923

Playoffs[5]
Player GPI MIN GAA W L OT SO SA GA SV%
Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask 12 770 2.49 7 5 0 382 32 .916

Awards and records Edit

AwardsEdit

Regular season
Player Award Date
Tuukka Rask[7] NHL Third Star of the Week April 5, 2010
Tuukka Rask Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award Awarded to the goaltender who finished the season with the best save percentage.
Mark Recchi[8] 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[9] 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.

MilestonesEdit

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.

TransactionsEdit

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

Trades
July 24, 2009 To Carolina Hurricanes:
Aaron Ward
To Boston:
Patrick Eaves
4th-round pick in 2010
September 18, 2009 To Toronto Maple Leafs:
Phil Kessel
To Boston:
1st-round pick in 2010
1st-round pick in 2011
2nd-round pick in 2010
October 18, 2009 To Minnesota Wild:
Chuck Kobasew
To Boston:
Alexander Fallstrom
Craig Weller
2nd-round pick in 2011
October 20, 2009 To Buffalo Sabres:
3rd-round pick in 2010
conditional 4th-round pick in 2010
To Boston:
Daniel Paille
March 2, 2010[10] To Anaheim Ducks:
Conditional 4th-round draft pick
To Boston:
Steven Kampfer
March 2, 2010[11] To Edmonton Oilers:
Matt Marquardt
To Boston:
Cody Wild
March 3, 2010[12] To Phoenix Coyotes:
Derek Morris
To Boston:
conditional draft pick in 2011
March 3, 2010[13] To Florida Panthers:
Byron Bitz
Craig Weller
2nd-round draft pick in 2010
To Boston:
Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski

Free agents acquired
Player Former team Contract terms
Steve Begin[14] Dallas Stars 1 year, $850,000
Drew Fata[15] Binghamton Senators 1 year
Dany Sabourin[15] Edmonton Oilers 1 year
Rob Kwiet[16] Windsor Spitfires 1 year
Drew Larman[16] Rochester Americans 1 year
Zach McKelvie[16] Army Black Knights 1 year
Trent Whitfield[16] St. Louis Blues 2 years, 2-way contract
Derek Morris[17] New York Rangers 1 year, $3.3 million
Andy Wozniewski[18] Wilkes-Barre Penguins 1 year
Guillaume Lefebvre[19] Springfield Falcons 1 year
Miroslav Satan[20] Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $700,000
Claimed from waivers
Date Player Previous team
Lost from waivers
Date Player New team

Free agents lost
Player New team Contract terms
Steve Montador[21] Buffalo Sabres 2 years, $3.1 million
Shane Hnidy[22] Minnesota Wild 1 year, $750,000
Martin St. Pierre[23] Ottawa Senators 1 year, 2-way contract
P. J. Axelsson[24] Frölunda HC 4 years
Patrick Eaves[25] Detroit Red Wings 1 year, $500,000
Stephane Yelle[26] Carolina Hurricanes 1 year, $550,000
Player Signings
Player Contract terms
Jamie Arniel[27] undisclosed
David Krejci[28] 3 years, $11.25 million
Byron Bitz[29] 1 year, $675,000
Johnny Boychuk[30] 1 year
Mark Recchi[31] 1 year, $1 million
Matt Hunwick[32] 2 years, $2.9 million
Milan Lucic[33] 3 years, $12.25 million
Tuukka Rask[34] 2 years, $2.5 million
Marc Savard[35] 7 years, $28 million
Andrew Ference[36] 3 years, $6.75 million contract extension
Jordan Caron[37] entry-level contract
Joe Colborne[37] entry-level contract
Michael Hutchinson[37] entry-level contract
Steven Kampfer[37] entry-level contract
Matt Bartkowski[38] entry-level contract

Personnel Edit

Roster Edit

Updated July 14, 2010.[39]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
27 Flag of Canada.svg Begin, SteveSteve Begin

 (UFA)

LW L 38 2009 Trois-Rivières, Quebec
37 Flag of Canada.svg Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron

 (A)

C R 31 2003 L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec
55 Flag of Canada.svg Boychuk, JohnnyJohnny Boychuk

D R 32 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
Flag of Canada.svg Campbell, GregoryGregory Campbell

 (RFA)

C L 32 2010 London, Ontario
33 Flag of Slovakia Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara

 (C)

D L 39 2006 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
21 Flag of Canada.svg Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference

D L 37 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
18 Flag of Canada.svg Horton, NathanNathan Horton

RW R 31 2010 Welland, Ontario
48 Flag of the United States Hunwick, MattMatt Hunwick

D L 31 2004 Warren, Michigan
46 Flag of the Czech Republic Krejci, DavidDavid Krejci

C R 30 2004 Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
17 Flag of Canada.svg Lucic, MilanMilan Lucic

LW L 28 2006 Vancouver, British Columbia
63 Flag of Canada.svg Marchand, BradBrad Marchand

C L 28 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia
20 Flag of Canada.svg Paille, DanielDaniel Paille

LW L 32 2009 Welland, Ontario
40 Flag of Finland Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask

G L 29 2006 Savonlinna, Finland
28 Flag of Canada.svg Recchi, MarkMark Recchi

RW L 48 2009 Kamloops, British Columbia
53 Flag of Canada.svg Reich, JeremyJeremy Reich

C L 37 2009 Craik, Saskatchewan
73 Flag of Canada.svg Ryder, MichaelMichael Ryder

RW R 36 2008 Bonavista, Newfoundland
81 Flag of Slovakia Satan, MiroslavMiroslav Satan

 (UFA)

RW L 42 2010 Jacovce, Czechoslovakia
74 Flag of France Sauve, MaxMax Sauve

C L 26 2008 Tours, France
91 Flag of Canada.svg Savard, MarcMarc Savard

C L 39 2006 Ottawa, Ontario
44 Flag of Germany Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenberg

D L 35 2010 Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany
45 Flag of the United States Stuart, MarkMark Stuart

D L 32 2003 Rochester, Minnesota
16 Flag of Germany Sturm, MarcoMarco Sturm

LW L 38 2005 Dingolfing, West Germany
30 Flag of the United States Thomas, TimTim Thomas

G L 42 2002 Flint, Michigan
22 Flag of Canada.svg Thornton, ShawnShawn Thornton

RW R 39 2007 Oshawa, Ontario
26 Flag of the United States Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler

RW R 30 2008 Plymouth, Minnesota

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 Flag of Canada.svg Canada Rimouski Océanic (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League)
3 86 Ryan Button Defense Flag of Canada.svg Canada Prince Albert Raiders (Western Hockey League)
4 112 (from Philadelphia) Lane MacDermid Forward Flag of the United States United States Windsor Spitfires (Ontario Hockey League)
6 176 Tyler Randell RW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Kitchener Rangers (Ontario Hockey League)
7 206 Ben Sexton Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Nepean Raiders (Central Junior A Hockey League)

Farm teams Edit

American Hockey League - Providence Bruins (Standings)

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. NHL To Make History at Fenway Park
  2. Bruins clinch playoff spot, set SH record
  3. 3.0 3.1 2009-2010 Regular Season.
  4. Team Stats 2009-2010 Regular Season.
  5. 5.0 5.1 2009-2010 Playoffs.
  6. Team Stats 2009-2010 Playoffs.
  7. Halak, Saku Koivu, Rask named 'Three Stars'
  8. Recchi Nominated for Masterton
  9. Rask Named 7th Player
  10. Bruins Acquire Rights to Kampfer
  11. B's Acquire Wild from Edmonton
  12. B's Acquire Draft Pick for Morris
  13. B's Acquire Seidenberg, Trade Bitz
  14. Bruins Sign Steve Bégin
  15. 15.0 15.1 B's Sign Fata and Sabourin
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Bruins Sign Four Players
  17. Bruins Sign Derek Morris
  18. Boston Bruins Sign Defenseman Andy Wozniewski to a One-Year Contract
  19. B's Announce Roster Moves
  20. BRUINS SIGN MIROSLAV SATAN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON
  21. MONTADOR AGREES TO TERMS
  22. Wild signs defenseman Shane Hnidy
  23. Bulletin: Senators sign centre Martin St. Pierre
  24. AXELSSON SIGNS 4-YEAR DEAL WITH SWEDEN'S FROLUNDA
  25. Wings sign Eaves to one-year deal
  26. Canes Agree to Terms with Stephane Yelle
  27. Bruins Sign Center Jamie Arniel
  28. Krejci Signed to a Multi-Year Extension
  29. Bruins Re-sign Byron Bitz
  30. Bruins Ink Johnny Boychuk
  31. Mark Recchi Re-signs with Boston
  32. B's Re-sign Defenseman Matt Hunwick
  33. Bruins Re-sign Milan Lucic
  34. Rask Signed to Contract Extension
  35. Savard Signs Contract Extension
  36. Bruins Sign Andrew Ference to Three-Year Extension
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 Boston Bruins Sign Four to Contracts
  38. Bruins Sign Bartkowski
  39. Boston Bruins - Team - Roster. Boston Bruins. Retrieved on 2010-07-01.

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