The 2011 Stanley Cup champions found themselves eliminated in the first round of the 2012 playoffs after a devastating, 2-1 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 7. Next season, however, the Bruins will rally behind their misfortune—all the way to the Stanley Cup.
"We feel that we've come a long way to keeping this critical mass together for this team because I believe it's a strong team and will continue to be a strong team," said Bruins' general manager Peter Chiarelli (via NHL.com).
Realistically, the lucky bounce that propelled the Capitals into the quarterfinals could have gone in Boston's favor just as easily. Unfortunately, the Bruins got the short end of the stick in Game 7.
This does not change the fact that Boston is arguably the best defensive team in the Eastern Conference.
If their forwards continue to step it up next season, as they have in numerous seasons before, the Bruins can soon become the best offensive team in the East as well.
Some have speculated that the absence of starting goalie Tim Thomas will hinder the Bruins' season next year; others suspect that some of Boston's forwards will not be able to keep their numbers up.
But they are mistaken.
Here are five reasons why Boston is destined to have their seventh taste of silver in 2013.