After sweeping Montreal in the first round, the Bruins seemed unstoppable in their quest for the Stanley Cup. They did everything right in that series and here it was another team and seven games later... over!
In the end though, it was a just a matter of Carolina outplaying and out hustling the Bruins. The Bruins at times seemed tired and confused as the Hurricanes skated circles around them.
Boston did not seem like the same team that had played the Canadiens one round earlier. It seemed like the high of beating their rivals from the North took all the gusto from them.
To the Bruins credit, they did come back from a 3-1 series deficit to even things up with Carolina. Game seven went into overtime, but unfortunately Scott Walker would score the winning goal in sudden death to end the Bruins season.
Hopes were sky high for the Bruins since this seemed like the year that they would end their almost 40-year drought from drinking of Lord Stanley's Cup. To the dismay of Bruins' fans though, the drought will continue for another year.
There are many pluses though in the Bruins favor. They have a solid goaltender in Tim Thomas and have a bright future with young players such as Marc Savard and Milan Lucic. This season should be a great learning experience for these young players.
Let's hope that this makes them want it even more next season.