In 2011 the Bruins were massive underdogs going into the SCF v. the Canucks. The Canucks were Presidents Trophy winners. On home ice. In CANADA. But the Bruins had already slayed some playoffs dragons to get to the Final. Coming back against Montreal with the vengeance of a Ference finger. Sweeping away the ghosts of epic collapse in Philly. Enduring and surviving a fast-moving, single-goal game 7 for the ages in Tampa. In that wait time between Tampa and Vancouver, there was a small band of the Lunatic Fringe who came up with 1000 Reasons Why the Bruins Would Win the Cup. Since we have roughly a fortnight before our beloved Bs take to the ice again against a yet-to-be-revealed opponent, I thought we could compile a 2019 list. I’ll start... 1000 Reasons Why the Bruins Will Win the Cup In 2019 Jaroslav Halak In mid-November Tuukka Rask took a 3-day leave to deal with a personal issue. Rask, on his return: “First and foremost, I want to thank all the people who sent me messages and contacted me and supported me. Second of all, I want to thank the Boston Bruins for giving me the opportunity to take time off with my family. I've never been more proud to be a part of this family. We are a family and we take care of each other when times are tough. That being said, I have a job. My job is to be a hockey goalie for the Boston Bruins. And I also have another job title, and that's a family man. This was a time that, deep inside my heart, I felt like I needed to take time to be with my family and make things right, so I can be back here and focus on my job. That took three days. I'm back here, I'm back to work, and I'm ready to battle with these guys. At the end of the day, I realize that a hockey career is a very short career, but life is much longer than that. So I appreciate that I got the privacy and the time I needed. I'm ready to move on now." To that point in the season, Tuukka was .901. Jaro held down the fort while Tuukka was away. Overall he started 37 games for the Bruins this season, posting a 22-11-4 record with a 2.34 goals against average, .922 save percentage and 5 shutouts. A respectable body of work that took the load off Tuukka and offered some healthy competition. Tuukka on Halak, last night: “I'm happy he's my partner." He may not play a minute in the playoffs, but if we win, he deserves some credit.