The fifth time is not the charm, it is the latest sting.
Early on in hockey playoffs they did not play the “best of” series type games as we know today. They played “total goals” series. A team could win game one but still lose the “series” by being outscored in game two.
Games were also ruled ties after one overtime period, for the most part. Technically, the 1928 playoffs between the Bruins and Rangers did not go into overtime but with the total scores format, I took the latitude to treat as one.
The Bruins won game one. Boston fans were energized, knowing they had the best goalie. Hal Winkler had 15 shutouts in 44 games that year and Boston fans were crushed as he allowed four goals on home ice.
The Bruins lost the series 5 goals to 2.
During this period the Bruins we are powerful force and won the Cup in 1929. In 1930 the Montreal Canadians swept the Bruins and took the Stanley Cup.
The next year the B’s would meet the Canadians again. They lost the series in Game 5 in overtime, making it the second year in a row to have their season ended by Montreal.
The Boston Bruins faced the Toronto Maple Leafs in the semifinals of the playoffs. This series would produce four games that required overtime.
One game was a gut wrenching 1-0 overtime lose went 104 minutes, which still ranks as the second longest NHL playoff game of all time.
In Game 5 the Bruins lost the series with another overtime lose.
The Montreal Canadians would be the opposition for the Boston Bruins again in 1978. The series was tied 3-3.
Game seven the Bruins off a Rick Middleton goal, had a one score lead late in the third period. The Canadians sent the game to overtime when
A penalty was called against the Bruins for too many men on the ice, giving the Canadians a powerplay. Montreal would score to tie the game and the defeat the Bruins in overtime.
During this year’s series against the Hurricanes the Bruins would be forced to battle from beyond, as they were down three games to one. They would tie the series up and played Game Seven in Boston.
During the third period the Bruins found themselves having to fight back from behind again. The tied the game and sent it to overtime.
The B’s lost in overtime with about a minute left in the period, when the Hurricanes shot one past Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas.
It may sting today Boston fans but you certainly tasted more honey from this year's group of Bruins than you have in a few years.