For five and a half months the Bruins showed they were the best team in all of hockey. Now, the guys in black and gold get a chance to prove it when it really matters.
The NHL should return July 10th (sort of) with training camps re-opening, and with it comes new hope that the B's will finally get to prove what many of us saw all season long. This redemption tour is real.
MAKING UP FOR LAST YEAR
After losing last year's Cup Final in brutal fashion this Bruins team was motivated from the opening puck drop this year. For many of us who believed they would be slow out of the gates, it was the complete opposite.
That's no longer the case, as this Bruins core now has a chance to truly cement their legacy. Another trip to the Stanley Cup Final - which would be two in three years and four in 10 years - could be the most important one. of them all
When fans look back on the Celtics of the late 2000's and early 2010's most people see one title surrounded by missed opportunity. This Bruins core of Bergeron, Chara, Krejci, Rask and Marchand has a chance to avoid that fate and win a second title. You can't underestimate how important that second championship is when you talk about legacy in Boston sports.
As good as the Bruins have been, another loss in the Cup Final will hurt how people remember this team. Both Chara and Bergeron are fantastic leaders and deserve to be remembered as legendary figures. Tuukka is extremely frustrating most of the time. However a win and he's one of the best goalies in franchise history.
It is hard to ignore what an early Stanley Cup in the career of David Pastrnak will mean for him in terms of becoming one of the faces of the NHL as well. The same can also be said for guys like Jake Debrusk, Charlie McAvoy, Nordstrom and Brandon Carlo in terms of building momentum for that next wave of talent.
WHAT IT MEANS FOR BRUCE
Let's not forget Bruce Cassidy. This would be monumental for his legacy. Bruce has already proven he can get through to his guys. Cassidy has also already proven he can find different ways to motivate guys. Now if he can get these guys ramped back up after three months off? It will be the most impressive coaching feat we've seen in a long time.
Given the circumstances, this postseason is obviously going to be very different. But for the 2020 Bruins, it is now shaping up arguably the most important in their history.