This is it. We've waited since last May for this. All of last summer we all yearned for the season to start. We missed hockey. But the regular season, as fun as it is, wasn't really what we wanted. No, not at all.
Fans, media, players, coaches, etc can all talk about how last year's collapse is in the past and how everyone should move forward. But that is not the case is it? Deep down, you're thinking about it. The coaches are probably thinking about it. The players are almost certainly thinking about it.
Last year the Bruins became a punchline in the history of the NHL playoffs. That kind of sting doesn't go away easy.
If the Bruins blow a lead of any kind in a game, you'll be force fed highlights of that fateful Game 7. If the Bruins win the first three games of a series and then lose game 4, part of you will throw up in your mouth a litte as the experts wonder if the Bruins are falling again. Just because.
You'll argue with Flyers fans and say this is a new year, who cares what happened last year. The phrase "those who do not learn from the past are doomed ro repeat" has never applied more to the Bruins.
More after the jump......
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