Jeremy Jacobs credits Bruins on ‘outstanding' season: ‘I'm very proud of them'


BOSTON – The Bruins clearly didn’t reach their ultimate goal of lifting the Stanley Cup when the NHL postseason concluded last week. The Game 7 loss is one that’s going to sting for Bruins fans for a long time to come, and it will certainly stick with the members of the team and organization as well.

Interestingly enough, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs was able to push through the heartbreak and the lament, and saw the positives of a season where the B’s made the playoffs for the third straight year and made it all the way to the final possible game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“I thought we were more evolving, and we showed more maturity and development than I thought we had gotten to. It may have been circumstances and conditions that got us there [to the Stanley Cup Final], but it was an outstanding season,” said Jacobs. “I think it says a lot about our men, and about our coaching. It was an impressive [season]. There wasn’t a person around the league that didn’t say to me that they admired the way this team was built. I’m very proud of them.”

To get those kinds of complimentary words from a Bruins owner that’s notorious for not pulling punches when they are warranted? That is a worthy accomplishment of a Black and Gold group that excelled all year.  

There’s no doubting that the Bruins deserve plenty of credit for getting to the Stanley Cup Final regardless of their path to getting there, and the invaluable experience gained by their young players suiting up for 24 postseason games during an epic run of ups and downs throughout the postseason.

Certainly it was a rousing success from a Bruins ownership perspective with every single regular-season game sold out, 13 home playoff games played on the TD Garden ice through Boston’s playoff run and even 16,000-plus showing up for an evening scrimmage during an 11-day layoff prior to the Stanley Cup Final.

But it just doesn’t feel quite “outstanding” when the season ended with the St. Louis Blues celebrating on the TD Garden ice a week ago, just as it didn’t feel quite so outstanding when the Blackhawks celebrated on the Garden ice six years ago as well.

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