The Journey to The Cup: A look back at how the Bruins got here

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4 to 0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the major events of the past season that led the Bruins to their sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

For a short stroll down memory lane, continue reading after the jump.

May 2010

May 14th: Bruins blow 3-goal lead in Game 7 of Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to the Philadelphia Flyers.

June 2010

June 4th: Bruins re-sign Shawn Thornton to 2-year extension.

June 5th: Bruins ink Dennis Seidenberg to 4-year extension.

June 16th: Cam Neely is named President of the Boston Bruins.

June 22nd: Bruins trade Dennis Wideman and a pair of drafts to Florda Panthers in exchange for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell.

June 24th: Bruins re-sign Johnny Boychuk to a 2-year deal.

June 25th: Bruins re-sign Mark Recchi to a 1-year contract.

June 25th: Bruins draft Tyler Seguin with the 2nd overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft.

June 26th: Bruins trade Vladimir Sobotka to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the rights to defenseman David Warsofsky.

July 2010

July 1st: Bruins re-sign Daniel Paille to a 2-year deal on the first day of NHL free agency.

July 6th: Bruins open Development Camp.

July 9th: Bruins sign Mark Stuart to 1-year deal.

July 15: Bruins sign Gregory Campbell to a 2-year deal and extend Adam McQuaid, Andrew Bodnarchuk, and Jeff LoVecchio.

July 30th: Blake Wheeler is awarded $2.2 million in arbitration and signs 1-year deal

August 2010

August 3rd: Bruins sign Tyler Seguin to an entry-level deal.

August 4th: Bruins hire Doug Jarvis as assistant coach.

August 24th: Aaron Ward announces his retirement.

September 2010

September 10th: Bruins rookie camp opens

September 15th: Rookie game between the Bruins and Islanders draws 11,571 fans to TD Garden to see Tyler Seguin's "pro debut". Jordan Caron steals the show with a hat trick in a 5-2 Bruins Rookies win.

September 17th: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announces at a press conference that Marc Savard is still suffering from post-concussion symptoms and will not start the season with the team.

September 18th: Bruins open training camp.

September 21st: Bruins hold "State of The Bruins" town hall meeting.

September 22nd: Bruins beat Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in preseason opener.

October 2010

October 3rd: Bruins head across the pond to Europe for an exhibition game with the Belfast Giants.

October 5th: Bruins play Liberec White Tigers of the Czech Extraliga in an exhibition game in the Czech Republic.

October 8th: Bruins sign Patrice Bergeron to a 3-year extension worth $15 million.

October 9th: Bruins sign Zdeno Chara to 7-year $45.5 million contract extension.

October 9th: Bruins lose to the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 in season opener in Praque, Czech Republic.

October 10th: Bruins shutout Coyotes 3-0 to split the two-game series in Prague.

October 20th: Bruins skate past Washington Capitals 4-1 in their home opener to start the season with a 4-1-0 record.

October 23rd: Johnny Boychuk breaks his wrist in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

November 2010

November 1st: Tim Thomas is named NHL's First Star of The Week.

November 7th: David Krejci suffers a concussion in the Bruins' 2-1 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues

November 10th: Bruins score 5 goals in the third period to beat Pittsburgh Penguins 7-4 in a wild game in Pittsburgh.

November 24th: Mark Recchi records his 1,500th NHL point in a 3-1 win over the Florida Panthers

November 29th: Bruins trade Matt Hunwick to the Colorado Avalanche for Colby Cohen

December 2010

December 2nd: Bruins rout Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 in Marc Savard's return to game action.

December 8th: Mark Stuart breaks his finger in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

December 11th: Bruins trade Marco Sturm to Los Angeles Kings.

December 23rd: A high hit from Atlanta defenseman Freddy Meyer on Milan Lucic sparks a 5-on-5 brawl in a 4-1 win over the Thrashers.

January 2011

January 1st: Tyler Seguin records his first multi-point game in a 7-6 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on New Year's.

January 10th: Bruins score 4 goals in the last 3:23 of the game to down the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2.

January 11th: Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas are selected to participate in the NHL All-Star Game, while Tyler Seguin is invited to be one of the rookie to take part in the Skills Competition.

January 11th: Patrice Bergeron nets hat trick as Tim Thomas and the Bruins shut out Ottawa Senators 6-0.

January 17th: Zdeno Chara records his first career hat trick and Tim Thomas turns in his 7th shutout of the season in a 7-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

January 22nd: Marc Savard leaves game after taking a hard hit from former teammate Matt Hunwick in a 6-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche

January 24th: Marc Savard is diagnosed with a concussion.

January 29th: Zdeno Chara breaks the NHL All-Star Skills Competion's Hardest Shot record with a 105.9 MPH drive.

January 30th: Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas participate in NHL All-Star Game.

January 31st: Patrice Bergeron is named NHL's First Star of The Month.

February 2011

February 3rd: Bruins down Dallas Stars 6-3 in a fight-filled game at The Garden. Daniel Paille is given a game misconduct for a blindside head shot on Raymond Sawada. Paille is suspended 4 games for the hit.

February 7th: Marc Savard is placed on the long-term injured reserve list. A press conference is held by Marc Savrd, Peter Chiarelli, and Dr. Peter Asnis to announce that Savard will miss the remainder of the season.

February 9th: Bruins outlast Montreal Canadiens 8-6 in a wild game that featured 14 goals and 14 fighting majors.

February 13th: Bruins get swept by the Detroit Red Wings in a home-and-home series.

February 16th: Bruins acquire Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators for a 2011 2nd round pick.

February 18th: Bruins trade Joe Colborne, a 2011 1st round pick, and conditional pick in 2012 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Tomas Kaberle

February 18th: Bruins send Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Atlanta Thrashers in a trade for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik

February 18th: Bruins score 3 goals in the third period to record 4-2 win over Ottawa Senators.

February 27th: Bruins beat Vancouver Canucks 3-1 in their only regular season meeting.

February 28th: Bruins send minor leaguers Mikko Lehtonen and Jeff Penner to Minnesota in a trade for Anton Khudobin.

March 2011

March 3rd: Bruins win 7th straight game by edging the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1.

March 8th: Bruins lose to Montreal Canadiens 4-1. Zdeno Chara's ride-off of Max Pacioretty sent Pacioretty flying head-first into the stanchion between the benches. The hit left Pacioretty with a fractured vertebra and a concussion. Montreal fans flooded Montreal's 911 emergency line with calls for legal action to be taken against Chara. As ridiculous as that sounds, a legal investigation of Zdeno Chara is still on-going.

March 11th: Bruins fall to the New York Islanders 4-2 to lose 4th straight game.

March 15th: Bruins snap 4-game skid with 3-2 shootout win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Brad Marchand's high hit on R.J. Umberger earns him a 2-game suspension. Mark Recchi moved in 5th place on the all-time games played list by playing in his 1,640th NHL game.

March 22nd: Milan Lucic scores his 30th goal of the season and Zdeno Chara records his 400th NHL point in a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

March 24th: Bruins rout rival Montreal Canadiens 7-0.

March 29th: Mark Recchi tells reporters that he will retire at the end of the season if the Bruins win The Stanley Cup.

April 2011

April 2nd: Bruins clinch Northeast Division championship with 3-2 win over Atlanta Thrashers.

April 9th: Tim Thomas breaks NHL's single season save percentage record after 3-1 win over Ottawa Senators.

April 10th: Bruins warp up regular season with 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils.

April 16th: Bruins go down 2-0 in their first round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens after a 3-1 loss in Game 2. Zdeno Chara missed the game after being hospitalized the night before for dehydration.

April 24th: Bruins take a 3-2 series lead over the Canadiens after Nathan Horton nets a game-winner in double overtime.

April 27th: Nathan Horton scores in overtime to give Bruins a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 to advance to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in round 2.

May 2011

May 6th: Bruins finish off 4-game sweep of Philadelphia Flyers with 5-1 win and advance to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.

May 7th: Patrice Bergeron is diagnosed with a concussion resulting from an open-ice hit by Claude Giroux in Game 4.

May 14th: Bruins lose to Tampa Bay 5-2 in Game 1.

May 17th: Tyler Seguin records 4 points in a 6-5 Bruins' win in Game 2 to even their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

May 19th: Tim Thomas stops 31 shots to shutout Lightning 2-0 in Game 3. Patrice Bergeron returns to the lineup.

May 21st: Bruins give up 5 unanswered goals and fall 5-3 to the Lightning in Game 4.

May 26th: Bruins lose 5-4 in Game 6.

May 27th: Nathan Horton's goal late in the third period lifts the Bruins to a 1-0 win over the Lightning in Game 7. Bruins advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990.

June 2011

June 1st: Bruins drop Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Vancouver Canucks 1-0.

June 4th: Canucks down Bruins 3-2 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead.

June 6th: Bruins blow out Canucks 8-1 in Game 3. Nathan Horton suffers a concussion after a head shot from Aaron Rome. Horton misses the rest of the playoffs and Rome is suspended for the remainder of the series.

June 8th: Tim Thomas makes 38 saves to shutout Canucks 4-0 to even the series at 2-2.

June 10th: Canucks take Game 5 with 1-0 win.

June 13th: Bruins force Game 7 with 5-2 win in Game 6.

June 15th: Bruins clinch their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972 with a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Tim Thomas wins the Conn Smythe as the NHL playoff MVP. Mark Recchi announces his retirement after the game.

June 16th: The Stanley Cup arrives in Boston with the team.

June 18th: Bruins parade through the streets of Boston with Lord Stanley's Cup.

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