Remember the anticipation prior to the 2014-2015 season? Fans were stewing all summer after the Bruins were unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by Montreal, waiting for another shot. Why, it seems like just yesterday that we were on the eve of a new hockey season.
And now, the 2014-2015 season has come and gone, seemingly in the blink of an eye. Let us take a walk down memory lane and look back at some of the great moments from the Bruins' 2014-2015 season.
Oct. 8: Bobby Robins throws three hits on his first shift in the Bruins opener against Philadelphia. As he returns to the bench, he finds a three-year, $43 million contract extension from Peter Chiarelli waiting in his spot.
Oct. 8: Peter Chiarelli rescinds the contract offer, having forgotten to include a no-trade clause. The amended offer is signed after the game, making Robins the highest-paid player in Bruins history.
Oct. 16: The Bruins score an OT winner in Montreal, but the goal is wiped out due to loud booing from the crowd. "You know," said referee Paul Simmons, "we decided to overrule the call on the ice because these fans were really upset and they're usually rational people. We realized we must have messed something up."
Oct. 21: David Pastrnak returns to Sodertalje, and suddenly the season has lost all meaning.
Oct. 23: Claude Julien is suspended for a game after it's discovered that he tried to pay visiting Johnny Boychuk $5,000 to put on a Kevan Miller jersey and man the Bruin blue line.
Oct. 30: The Bruins celebrate Halloween a little early, suffering through the terrifying prospect of having to spend a night in Buffalo.
Nov. 4: Shawn Thornton returns to Boston with the Florida Panthers. He is honored with a 30-second standing ovation, longer than any shift he'll skate on the season.
Nov. 13: Milan Lucic finally gets his revenge on Dale Weise in Montreal, cornering him and subjecting him to the worst punishment imaginable: a lecture on the benefits of Corsi, and why puck possession is the most important stat out there.
Nov. 21: The Bruins are greeted at Columbus' airport by an angry mob consisting of every Columbus Blue Jackets fan out there, still fired up about Chowder's mistreatment of them. All 31 fans are holding signs saying, "WE'RE A REAL CITY."
Nov. 28: Adam McQuaid scores an overtime winner against Winnipeg, the first of his career, and celebrates with his teammates.
Nov. 29: Adam McQuaid is put on injured reserve.
Dec. 1: Ryan Spooner records the first hat trick of his NHL career, adding two assists in the Bruins' 7-1 pounding of Anaheim. After the game, Spooner is sent down to Providence, with Claude Julien saying, "he needs to work on his game. We can't have him creating seven goals and still allowing one."
Dec. 4: Carl Soderberg scores his 51st goal of the season in a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
Dec. 6: Carl Soderberg scores his 75th goal of the season in a 1-0 win over Arizona. When informed that he actually has eleven goals, Carl responds by saying he does math like Carl.
Dec. 11: With the Blackhawks in town, the NHL Network's broadcasting crew sets a world record for most mentions of "17 seconds" in a three-hour broadcast with 3,252.
Dec. 19: Peter Chiarelli announces he's taking a leave of absence, citing a deteriorating relationship with his mustache that he wants to make right.
Dec. 29: Chiarelli returns to the team rejuvenated, having negotiated an extension with his mustache, including a no-shave clause.
Jan. 4: Ryan Spooner is evaluated by a mental health professional after a team visit to his apartment leads to a troubling discovery: thousands of pages of lined paper featuring the sentence "ALL OFFENSE AND NO DEFENSE MAKES RYAN A BAD BOY."
Jan. 17: In attempt to reverse his team's struggles, visiting Nathan Horton squirts some Nationwide Arena ice water onto the Garden ice. Horton misses that night's game, and is subsequently put in injured reserve with a strained wrist.
Jan 29: Dennis Seidenberg announces that he's ready to return to the lineup. The Bruins are puzzled by this, as Seidenberg had been in the lineup for months. An investigation reveals it was a mannequin in hockey gear. No one noticed.
Feb. 8: The Bruins lose to Montreal, 3-2, after a late Kevan Miller hipcheck leads to an interference penalty. "We really liked that penalty," said Julien. "Showed a lot of grit and heart. And grit. Grit grit grit grit grit grit grit."
Feb. 10: Tyler Seguin has a four-point night, leading the visiting Stars to a 5-4 win over the Bruins. Fans chant "thank you Kessel" in confusion.
Feb. 27: Ryan Spooner scores on a breakaway in overtime to beat the Devils, 2-1. After the game, Spooner is sent down to Providence, with Claude Julien citing Spooner's lack of a backcheck on the winning play.
Mar. 2: Prior to the trade deadline, Peter Chiarelli excitedly announces that he's made a deal: he's acquired a goatee in exchange for sideburns and a beard to be named later.
Deadline Day: The Bruins announce that they're going to stand pat at the trade deadline, saying "we think we're in a good spot and being complacent at the deadline has never hurt us before."
Mar. 19: The Bruins drop an OT game to Ottawa after a late turnover by Torey Krug is fired into his own net by Kevan Miller. Tuukka Rask is found wandering the streets of Ottawa later that might, eyes blazing and muttering something about "traffic cones" in Finnish.
Mar. 26: The Bruins officially clinch a playoff spot, winning the Atlantic Division.
Apr. 1: The Bruins announce that Ryan Spooner has been recalled from Providence.
Apr. 1: The Bruins announce that their previous announcement was an April Fool's joke.
Apr. 4: On Fan Appreciation Night, Dougie Hamilton is given the 7th Player Award, further proving that Bruins fans have no idea what the 7th Player Award actually does.
Apr. 12: A man is found locked in closet in a Dunkin Donuts just outside of Pawtucket, RI. It's later learned that he's been in there for six months. "What day is it?" he asks, using his white #38 Bruins jersey to shield himself from the sun.