Boston Bruins defeat Minnesota Wild, 2-1

It could be argued that Shane Hnidy, Aaron Ward, P.J. Axelsson, Stephane Yelle, and Manny Fernandez had too many miles on their odometers for the Bruins to bring back this season.

But Hnidy, who faced his old team last night for the first time, and the other veterans were integral characters in the dressing room for Boston. With their different personalities, Hnidy and the other graybeards helped maintain a sense of calm around the 2008-09 club.

“We had a core of guy...

The Wild have never been a kind opponent for the Bruins.

Entering last night, the Bruins were 1-8-0 against the Wild since the franchise was introduced to the NHL in 2000-01. By employing former coach Jacques Lemaire’s neutral-zone trap, the Wild had seemingly always stifled the Bruins and prevented them from getting good looks on their netminders.

Lemaire, former general manager Doug Risebrough, and the dreaded trap, fixtures in Minnesota from the team’s inception, ...