One of the NHL's longest championship droughts is going to end soon.
The Boston Bruins
, who haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1972, will have the chance to end that streak after outdueling the Tampa Bay Lightning
1-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night. Nathan Horton
's third-period goal and Tim Thomas
' flawless goaltending carried the Bruins to the Final for the first time since 1990.
The Bruins will take a breather before they fly to the Pacific Northwest and a date with the Vancouver Canucks
on Wednesday night (link to first look) -- and while Boston fans have been waiting 39 years for a Cup, Vancouver fans never had the opportunity to celebrate a championship since the Canucks entered the NHL in 1970.
One group of long-suffering fans will see its agony end soon.