Bergeron and his teammates had hoped, perhaps even anticipated, to see their names carved into the Stanley Cup on the finish of the playoffs. As a substitute, their names shall be added to a brief checklist of essentially the most bitter Boston sports activities disappointments in current reminiscence, together with their very own Recreation 7 loss at dwelling to the St. Louis Blues within the 2019 finals.
However as a result of they’d been so good and had the best of expectations, this beautiful end result was barely harking back to the lack of the undefeated 2007 Patriots to the Giants within the Tremendous Bowl. This one got here lengthy earlier than the ultimate stage, nevertheless it was devastating, nonetheless.
Within the common season, the Bruins received 65 video games, greater than some other crew in N.H.L. historical past, a file that now taunts them and their followers. On Sunday, after constructing a three-games-to-one lead of their sequence with Florida — and holding a 3-2 lead with one minute left in regulation — the Panthers pulled their goalie for a sixth skater and Brandon Montour scored to ship the sport to time beyond regulation. There, Carter Verhaeghe scored the winner for Florida, and the Bruins grew to become the most recent sufferer of the curse of the Presidents’ Trophy.
Since Chicago received the Stanley Cup in 2013, no crew that led the league in wins (an accomplishment for which that doubtful trophy is awarded) has received the Stanley Cup. Solely 4 occasions has a crew received each because the 2000-1 season, and the Bruins grew to become the eighth straight Presidents’ Trophy winner to lose within the first or second spherical.
Maybe all of them suffered from unhealthy luck, or maybe there’s something extra substantive in these numbers. For some groups, it might be the shortage of aggressive video games towards the top of the season. For others, it might have been overconfidence.