REALIZE THIS: Boston would not be "lowly" if the Habs didnt take the season series 7-1. that is a 12 point swing. Lets say for argument sake, Boston took the series from us 7-1. they would have 85 points and we would have 81. So the Bruins are only lowly because the Habs put them there. Infact our record shows that Boston does better against the "rest" of the East than we do. So when people say we win against easy teams, they should rethink their statement. Boston is ONLY considered an easy team because WE put them there.
You're giving the Habs too much credit for the Bruins' poor season. The Bruins lead the NHL in one-goal losses (31) and overtime or shootout losses (16). Of course, a number of them were against the Habs. However, those numbers suggest that with a bit of luck the Bruins could have been up in Leaf or Panther territory as also-rans.
I actualy feel sorry for bergeron when you look at what kind of a mess bergeron is in. Its a waste of talent if you ask me.
The Bruins will be better next season. For one thing they started the season with Raycroft, who bombed. Next season they will have Thomas and Toivonen (who missed many games with an injury). They also have some promising young talent. I like Yan Stastny, some of their rookie Dmen look good, and they will have Boynton back (and in better shape).