- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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A look at the top 10 stories for the Boston Bruins in an eventful 2010:
10. The Bruins sold out every regular season and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year. It was the first time the organization accomplished such a sellout streak since 1972.
9. It was an Olympic year and the Bruins were well represented at the Winter Games. Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Tim Thomas (US), Zdeno Chara (Slovakia), David Krejci (Czech Republic), Miroslav Satan (Slovakia) and Marco Sturm (Germany) all played. Bergeron won a gold medal with Team Canada, which beat Team USA in the final.
8. The successes of the Bruins' masked men made for an interesting year. After winning the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender during the 2008-09 season, Thomas struggled in 2009-10 before rookie netminder Tuukka Rask became the No. 1 goaltender down the stretch and played all 13 postseason games. It seemed Rask was set between the pipes for the Bruins. Well, Thomas had other thoughts. After offseason hip surgery, he arrived at training camp healthy and reclaimed his top spot.
7. Bruins veteran Mark Recchi continued on his path toward the Hall of Fame. The 42-year-old forward became the 13th player in NHL history to reach 1,500 points in a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Nov. 24. He is the oldest active player in the league.
5. The Bruins selected 18-year-old forward Tyler Seguin with the No. 2 pick in the NHL draft, a selection they acquired from Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade. (Boston also has a first-round pick from Toronto in 2011.) Seguin made the team out of camp and is enjoying a solid rookie season.
4. It's been a difficult year for Bruins forward Marc Savard. He suffered a Grade 2 concussion when he was on the receiving end of a blindside hit by the Penguins' Matt Cooke on March 7. He missed nearly two months and returned in time for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers, scoring the winning goal in overtime to give the Bruins a 5-4 win in Game 1. During the summer, he began to experience symptoms of post-concussion syndrome and missed wasn't able to play until Dec. 2.
3. Bruins legend and Hall of Famer Cam Neely was named team president on June 6. He became the eighth president in team history and first since Harry Sinden stepped down in August 2006.
2. The Winter Classic at Fenway Park was an amazing event for the NHL and the Bruins. Marco Sturm scored in overtime to give Boston a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Flyers. At the time, the teams had no idea they would make history again five months later.
1. How can the most devastating loss in the history of the Bruins be the top choice? Because it was the most significant event for the team in 2010. Boston had a 3-0 series lead on the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and a 3-0 lead in Game 7, before Philadelphia mounted an historic comeback. To make things worse, the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.
For the Bruins, the bright times of 2010 were overshadowed by a dark cloud.