Bruins on Verge of Winning First Playoff Series in 10 Years

Ryan PickardCorrespondent IApril 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 29: Mark Recchi #28 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by team amtes after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on March 29, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

After 10 years of playoff failure, the Boston Bruins are on the verge of winning their first playoff series. The Bruins haven't won a playoff series since 1999 when they defeated the Carolina Hurricanes four games to two. Since then the Bruins have gone to the playoffs four times and each time lost in the first round.

In 2002 the Bruins gained the No. 1 seed with 101 points only to be upset by the Montreal Canadiens four games to two. This was the beginning of three straight playoff series losses.

The next year the Bruins finished with 87 points but ended up losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champions New Jersey Devils four games to one. This wasn't as much a disappointment as the year before because the Bruins were the lower seed and weren't expected to go far.

The very next year the Bruins again made the playoffs, this time as a two seed and yet again faced the Canadiens. They were again heavily favored, only to lose again this time 4-3 after having a 3-1 series lead. This was a very disappointing loss for the Bruins especially since it was to the hated Habs.

It would be another four years before the Bruins finally returned to the playoffs as an eight seed only to face off against the Canadiens again. Unlike the past couple of times, the Bruins were the heavy underdogs against a Canadiens team that was expected to just steamroll the Bruins.

It looked like this was going to happen after they jumped out to a 3-1 series lead, but the B's battled back to tie the series at three before finally bowing out in game seven.

With this loss though, they were able to build and have their best season since 1972 when they last won the Stanley Cup. The Bruins finished with 116 points, took the No. 1 seed in the East, and drew the Canadiens again.

Finally, though, they look like they are going to win. The Bruins currently have a 3-0 series lead on the Canadiens, with game four set for Wednesday. It seems only fitting that during the Habs 100th season the Bruins knock them out and finally get their first series win in 10 years.