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August 11, 2009 7:54 AM

Upcoming Attraction: Top Ten Boston Bruins Games from 2008-09

It's that time of year again. The calendar states that it is the middle of August, meaning there are only a few more weeks before the players begin to lace up their skates for the 2009-10 season. As of now, there is less than a month before the start of training camp. Before putting the 2008-09 campaign to bed, it's time for a bit of a fun review.

Starting this week, I will be looking back at the top ten games from the 2008-09 Boston Bruins season. This is something that I did last year, and the response was a positive one. Fans from the New England area (and other places) enjoyed the last look back at the previous season, as it gave them one last chance to celebrate a successful season. Some tried to play along by guessing which game would be next on the list. Others would comment by recommending a different game. All in all, it tends to create quite a bit of fun during the dog days of August.

That being said, there will be one difference this season - playoff games will not be included in the list. The Boston Bruins won a total of seven postseason games this past spring, and one could argue that each and every one of them deserves a spot on the countdown. While I wouldn't disagree with that notion, that would only leave three open slots for the regular season. Needless to say, that would be extremely challenging for a club that won 53 regular season contests.

For those wondering about the criteria I use, it's pretty simple. All of the games have to either be Boston wins, close games, or games that had a significant impact on the season. This year, the Bruins won every game on my list, all but four of the games were decided by one goal, and two of those games were decided by two goals.

My original plan was to start counting down the games today, but I figured that I would wait for those playing along to make their picks. For those that are playing along, please note that there are actually eleven games on this year's list. Without giving too much detail, I put two games together in 10th place. The two tilts were played consecutively during the regular season, and once you see which two they were and why, it should make sense.

Good luck, happy picking, and most of all, enjoy this final ride along with the team that led the Eastern Conference with 53 regular season victories!

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