Now that the dust has settled on the 2020-21 National Hockey League season for the Boston Bruins, it’s time to look back on the 56-game regular season with some awards for the Black and Gold.
This season was certainly filled with some ups and downs, as Boston began the season 10-1-2, despite missing the co-winner of the Maurice Rocket Richard Award from the 2019-20 season in David Pastrnak, who was recovering from offseason surgery.
The strong start was also surprising considering that the defense looked different with Torey Krug leaving in free agency for the St. Louis Blues and former captain Zdeno Chara also bolted in free agency, down to the Nations Capital to the Washington Capitals.
The Bruins went younger on defense, struggled with injuries all over the ice to key players, battled through two COVID-19 breaks in their schedule in February by their opponents, then survived a shutdown of their own in mid-March for a week. Despite all that and some very inconsistent play from some players they were expecting more from, they were able to get into the East Division playoffs, before being bounced in the second round by the New York Islanders.
With all that said, let’s take a look back at the 2020-21 Boston Bruins by handing out some awards for the Black and Gold.