Taking a break

March, 1, 2010
For those whose memory doesn’t go back that far, here’s a quick look at how the Bruins have fared leading up to and after Olympic breaks in previous seasons the NHL participated in the Winter Games:

* In 1998, Boston was 23-22-11 and went into the break 0-2-2 in its last four games. Out of the break, the Bruins went 3-0-2 and finished at 39-30-13, second in the Northeast Division. However, they still lost in the first round of the playoffs.

* The Bruins were 32-16-4-7 at the break in 2002, despite going just 0-2-2 in the last four games before the Olympics. Out of the break, Boston went 0-4-1 and finished the season 43-24-6-9. They captured the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but still dropped a first-round series to Montreal.

* The 2006 break proved the most disastrous of all. Boston was a respectable 24-24-10 after dropping four of five going into the respite. They then went 1-6-1 out of the break and won just five games total in the post-break schedule to finish out of the playoffs at 29-37-16.

We won’t know how the Bruins, winners of four in a row before this year’s break, will fare. All we know is that the break hasn’t been all that kind to past Bruins teams.

Matt Kalman

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.



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