WILMINGTON, Mass. -- For all of the Boston Bruins' success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past three years, they have struggled in the first round.
The Bruins, who open the Eastern Conference First Round against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, FS-D, NESN), have gone the full seven games three years in a row, and all of those series finales have gone to overtime.
As the third seed in 2011, the Bruins fell behind two games to none before beating the sixth-seeded Montreal Canadiens. Boston was the second seed when it lost to the seventh-seeded Washington Capitals in 2012 after forcing Game 7 with a Game 6 win on the road. Last season, the fourth-seeded Bruins made their miracle comeback from three goals down in the third period to beat the fifth-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs in the do-or-die game.
Bruins forward Milan Lucic said he has an idea why the Bruins, who won the Presidents' Trophy this season and are the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, have made it so hard on themselves and how they can rectify the situation against the Red Wings, who are the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.
"We've got to be prepared to bring our best, because you talk about the last three years, you know the other team hasn't taken us lightly at all and they've given us their best," Lucic said after practice at Ristuccia Arena. "And maybe we kind of overlooked, I guess, the other team a little too much where we kind of got ourselves into holes and got into a Game 7 overtime situation the last three years. So hopefully our mindset is where it needs to be in order for us to bring our best."