Will Boston Bruins Avoid Stanley Cup Hangover in 2013-14 Season?

August 29th, 2013 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

The Boston Bruins' brilliant run in the playoffs was destroyed over a 17-second span in the final moments of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

When Bryan Bickell of the Chicago Blackhawks scored the tying goal with 1:16 left in the third period, and Dave Bolland followed with Stanley Cup-winning goal with just 59 seconds remaining, the Bruins' dreams of a second Stanley Cup in three years went down the drain.

But the pain may not end there. The last four Stanley Cup losers have all failed to match the success they had in their previous seasons.

The Bruins are going to have to overcome a recent trend if they are going to avoid such a fate in 2013-14.

The teams in question are the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks and the New Jersey Devils. While three of those teams enjoyed similar regular-season success the year after losing in the Stanley Cup Final, none of those teams played the kind of explosive hockey that got them to the Stanley Cup Final the year before. The Devils did not even make the playoffs after losing to the Los Angeles Kings in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

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