Five ways the Bruins can repeat

Updated: April 13, 2012, 2:32 AM ET
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com

The Boston Bruins begin their Stanley Cup defense in earnest Thursday, when they host the Washington Capitals. Although no team has repeated since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and '98, here are five things that need to happen for the Bruins to repeat:

1. Tim Thomas plays like it's 2011 Tim Thomas carried the Bruins on his shoulders last season to the Stanley Cup win, and the 2011 Vezina and Conn Smythe trophy winner will need to be the backbone of the Bruins once again. Tuukka Rask missed ...

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