Boston Bruins: Top 3 questions that remain to be answered in 2020

Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

3. Can they finish the job this season and win their first Stanley Cup since 2011?

A year following heartbreak in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins have one goal — get back to the Final for the second year in a row. In these playoffs, that is no easy task, but one that has been done before. Game 7 can be the most disheartening game in all of the sports, especially when you come out on the losing side. When the final horn blew, the Blues were the champions and the Bruins were left with nothing. This year, they hope to answer the question of “can they finish the job?” this time around.

The long period of time off can lead to an advantage for a Bruins team that played hard all season and a team that has been known to deal with some extreme injuries in the playoffs. Allowing players like Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara to rest up and get their legs under them ahead of an incredibly important run can only enhance their chances of getting back.

Failure has been in the Bruins vocabulary far more than winning, as they have two Stanley Cup Final losses in the past decade with their last championship coming in 2011. And while Boston fans are surely happy with that win that they accomplished all those years ago, two doses of heartbreak have them hungrier than ever to get back and bring home Lord Stanley’s Cup.

Another reason that they must answer this question now is that their window is closing to win another championship with their core group. The longtime captain Chara is 43-years-old and nearing the end of his storied career. Add in the fact that Rask has said he would consider retirement at the end of his contract and teams simply cannot pay everyone, the window is getting tighter and smaller.

There is no question more important than this one. Boston has little time and has come close to leaving with another Stanley Cup on two separate occasions. They sit as the best team in the league record-wise and have no time to waste. It could be Stanley Cup or bust for the Bruins at this point in time.

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