Bruins' Road to the Stanley Cup Final

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Text: Brian Cszeneuve
Photo: Steve Babineau/Getty Images

Positive outlook

The defending Northeast Division champs came into the lockout-shortened season off a disappointing first-round playoff loss to Washington the previous spring. Gone was Tim Thomas, their Stanley Cup and Vezina Trophy-winning goalie of 2010-11. In his place was Tuukka Rask, who faced questions after being in net for Boston's 2010 playoff meltdown vs. Philadelphia after taking a three games to none lead. But the roster remained largely intact and the B's were seen as a very possible Cup contender.

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