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Things Just Became More Painful After The Bruins Early Playoff Exit

Published May 26, 2023 at 0:15
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The Florida Panthers' incredible path to the Stanley Cup Final, emerging victorious after an astonishing upset over the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2023 playoffs, demonstrates that their win was not a stroke of luck.

Following a 3-1 series deficit against the Bruins, the Panthers showcased their resilience by winning an impressive 11 out of their last 12 games. Their remarkable run culminated in a sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes, securing the Eastern Conference title and granting them a coveted ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1996.

While the Panthers' unexpected success may provide some happiness for their supporters, it only intensifies the disappointment felt by the Bruins. It emphasizes missed opportunities and amplifies the potential path that could have led the Bruins to the Cup Final. The series against the Panthers was fiercely contested, with the Bruins having multiple chances to eliminate their opponents but failed to capitalize on crucial moments in Games 5, 6, and 7.

Seizing victory in any of those pivotal games could have propelled the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final, presenting a more favorable route in the Eastern Conference. While injuries and the unpredictability of subsequent rounds play a role, it's clear that the 2023 playoffs offered a golden opportunity for the Bruins to bolster their championship legacy.


The Bruins' unforeseen exit and the subsequent success of the Panthers serve as a constant reminder of what could have been for Boston. The magnitude of disappointment is heightened by the realization that the path to the Cup Final was not as hard as initially expected, making the Bruins' defeat even more annoying for the franchise

Source: NBCSPORTS.COM
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