Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/13/13
8 a.m. ET: Just a few days ago, it seemed like the Bruins were a lock to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The B’s held a 3-1 lead in their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and all seemed good for the Black and Gold. However, as has been the case for much of the year, inconsistency caught up with the Bruins, and now they’re left to play a Game 7 with their season on the line. The Bruins (will eventually) return to Boston on Monday, and they’ll have the Leafs waiting for them in a winner-take-all, do-or-die showdown. The B’s will already be up against it, after malfunctions with the team’s airplane forced the Bruins to stay in Toronto on Sunday night. They were scheduled to fly into Boston on Monday morning, just hours ahead of what could be their final game of the season. That’s not where the bad omens end, either. The Bruins and Leafs, of course, will be forced to play on consecutive nights. The B’s were just 3-5 on the back end of back-to-backs this season, and they were just 1-8-1 on the final game of stretches in which they played three games in four nights, which is what they’ll do Monday night. However, the Bruins have been here before. This will be the eighth Game 7 that they’ve played under head coach Claude Julien. They enter Monday night with a 3-4 record in those games, with all three wins coming in the team’s 2011 Stanley Cup run. The Bruins were knocked out in the first round last season when they lost to the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the first round.
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