Last season ended in heartbreak for the Boston Bruins. A 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Philadelphia Flyers quickly became 3-3. Then in Game 7 at home at the TD Garden a 3-0 first period lead became a crushing 4-3 defeat.
The B's were only the third team in NHL history—and fourth across the NHL, NBA and MLB—to win the first three games of a playoff series, and go on to lose the next four.
It was the latest in a string of bad postseason losses for Boston. Each of the last three seasons has ended in a Game 7 loss—to the Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and the Flyers respectively.
The last time the Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final was 1990. The last time they won it was 1972.
The team has been good in recent years, but they have always fallen short. They are off to a 7-3-1 start this season and generally have played well. Well enough, perhaps, that they could make a run at ending their championship drought. It's something worth considering anyway.