The disastrous demise of the Bruins in last spring’s playoffs obviously had the biggest impact on the franchise and the fan base in 2010.
However, there were also plenty of positive stories — in fact, too many to include in a top 10.
As TheBruinsBlog.net begins to look back at the top 10 Bruins moments for calendar year 2010, here are a few that didn’t make the cut:
•Someday, we might look back at the Bruins’ drafting of Tyler Seguin as the No. 1 occurrence of this year or even of the decade. For now, we just know that the Bruins’ picking of Seguin second overall last June was a solid addition of a potential superstar who bought the organization tons of good will just a month after the playoff loss to the Flyers.
In the second round that day, the Bruins snagged Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner, a pair of forwards who both look like NHL-caliber talents that should come to Boston in the not-so-distant future.
•The Bruins knew that when they re-signed Mark Recchi for a second straight summer, he’d provide them with a solid work ethic, great leadership and plenty of milestones. The veteran forward reached one impressive plateau Nov. 24 in a win at Florida. His two goals put his career total past 1,500 points — making him the 13th players to pass that magic number.
•Some playoff wins are more memorable than others. The Bruins’ wins in Game 2 and 3 against Buffalo, which gave them the series lead, and Game 2 against the Flyers, which put Boston up 2-0, were important games. They just didn’t match the immense drama of the Bruins’ other postseason victories in ’10.
•When Marc Savard was declared out indefinitely with post-concussion syndrome symptoms upon the opening of training camp this season, it left a gaping hole in the Bruins’ lineup and dressing room. After a rigorous rehabilitation and numerous tests, Savard was finally ready to play again. Although he didn’t register a point in the Bruins’ 8-1 win over Tampa Bay Dec. 2, Savard’s emotional return was still deserving of a standing salute by the Boston faithful.
•Milan Lucic began his bounce-back season this fall with a Gordie Howe hat trick Oct. 19 at Washington, and then a traditional hat trick against Florida Nov. 18.