Tonight is the night where the Bruins change their narrative.
Late season collapses have become the norm, a trend in which poor play denied the Bruins entry from the Stanley Cup playoffs for the past two seasons. In 2014-15, the Bruins stumbled to three straight losses to Eastern Conference opponents and missed the postseason. Streakiness defined the season; the Bruins strung together multiple six game losing streaks, while also boasting two five game winning streaks. After the late season blunder, unrest grew in Bruins nation.
Another year, another late season dismal West Coast road trip for the Bruins in 2015-16. The offense disappeared in mid-March, plummeting the B’s down the standings and leaving the team in a position to cling to their playoff life. An April 7 thrashing of the Red Wings boosted morale and gave the Bruins a situation where they could control their own destiny with one game to play.
The Bruins face-planted, embarrassingly getting blown-out on home ice by the rival Senators. Again, the Bruins blew a chance at qualifying for the playoffs.
Since then, jobs have been lost. Blame has been thrown in every which way, yet has been especially focused on management.
However, the best way to alleviate the frustration is to win. With a win tonight versus the Lightning, the Bruins will clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Riding a five game win streak, this year’s squad has acceded instead of faltered during the final stretch.
Tonight is the night to reverse the narrative that has plagued the Bruins.