After a weekend to let the biggest playoff collapse in Bruins history sink in, we’re ready to take a look at the Bruins’ season in review, a year that started with high hopes of a potential dominant



DAN ROWINSKI

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That is a fitting end to one of the most frustrating seasons in the history of the Boston Bruins.



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GRAIG WOODBURN

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Simon Gagne, the hero of Game 7 and of the series for the Flyers, said after Philadelphia's 4-3 win in Game 7 that nerves may have played a role in the too many men on the ice penalty that led to the series-deciding goal.

 

The too-many-men penalty that the Bruins took at 11:10 of the third period occurred when center Marc Savard had signaled for a change with his stick up heading toward the bench and then passed the bench to continue on the back-check. Center Vladimir Sobotka jumped on the ice and took a few steps before circling around and coming back to the bench, but at that point the referees had called the penalty. Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers on the power play 1:42 later for the series-deciding goal.

 

Simon Gagne scored a power play goal with 7:08 remaining in the third period and the Flyers erased a 3-0 first period deficit and rallied to shock the Bruins, 4-3, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at TD Garden. The goal came while the Bruins were trying to kill a penalty for too many men on the ice. And like in 1979 against Montreal, the goal came in the third period of Game 7 and helped eliminate the Bruins from the playoffs. 

 

The Flyers had a light, optional morning skate before Friday night's Game 7 against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette insisted that nothing changes for his team heading into the biggest game of the season and that the Flyers are used to the pressure that this point playing "our fifth Game 7," referring to the string of elimination games the Flyers have faced in coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to force the ultimate game at TD Garden.

 

The Bruins chose to skip their morning skate on Friday before Game 7 of their semifinals series against the Flyers. Coach Claude Julien held a morning press conference to discuss the matchup and explained that it was better for his team to rest and stay focused after having a good practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington on Thursday and doing the bulk of their preparation at the practice facility.

 

How the heck did we get here?

TD Garden. Friday night. Grudge match. Throwdown. Brawl for all the marbles. Insert extra superlatives here because …

It is Game 7.



DAN ROWINSKI

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Come on people.

Enough of this pucking doom and gloom.

Yes, the Bruins have dropped three straight. Yes, there could be reason for panic at the rink.   



GRAIG WOODBURN

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