The Boston Garden was famous for its smaller playing surface. This lead to a more physical game, something the Bruins used to their advantage on home ice. Playing in the Boston Garden was hell for a visiting team, and the Bruins designed their teams to make that a reality.
— via Puck Worlds. Could it be that the
Shawmut FleetCenter TD Banknorth Garden has been a contributing factor in the B's late '90s-early 2000s doldrums?