BOSTON – The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 because of a lot of different factors.
One major motivator was the disappointment of their demise the prior spring. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in their 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals series with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Bruins became the third team in League history to squander such a commanding lead.
There are parallels that can be drawn between the Bruins' downfall in 2010 and that of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013. The Maple Leafs return Saturday to TD Garden for the first time since they held a 4-1 lead with less than 11 minutes to go in the third period of Game 7 of their 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.