It's that time of year again in the "Hub of Hockey." The Boston Bruins are set to drop the puck on their fourth straight postseason appearance, and expectations are high in Beantown.
After a historic departure from the playoffs last season, the Bruins are certainly feeling the pressure to perform in 2011. Boston has never made it beyond the second round under current head coach Claude Julien, but the Bruins coach won't approach things any differently.
"Everyone knows what's at stake here," Julien said. "This year is not any different."
Of course, no one can deny the heat that is on the Bruins, playing in a city that has grown to expect excellence. The Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics have all won championships this decade, while the Bruins have not brought home the Stanley Cup since 1972.
So what has to go differently for the Bruins to bring Boston its sixth Stanley Cup?