Losing a series in the playoffs is no doubt frustrating, losing in seven games is even more frustrating, and losing three of those four on home ice just takes the cake. So after Wednesday’s Game 7 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals, it’s very easy to see why the Bruins frustration level is through the roof.
Thanks to their second straight Northeast division title and the Eastern Conference’s second seed, the Bruins had home ice locked up to at least the Eastern Conference Finals, but home ice wasn’t so sweet for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
The B’s managed just one playoff win on home ice, certainly letting down the 17,565 excited Bruins fans that packed the TD Garden each night.
“Well, that’s the thing. We even talked about that after, between the coaches. We lost three of the four games at home, and you can’t expect to win the series when that happens” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “We had to go into their building and win two games out of three, but none the less, basically, we lost home ice advantage”.
The Bruins finished the regular season tied for seventh in the National Hockey League with 24 wins on home ice.
Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg knew that home ice wasn’t there for them.
“I mean no, last year it was for us this year not so much. We just, when first stepping into this didn’t seem to have our legs on” Said No. 44. “We just didn’t get anything going, it was more like a ping pong match going back and forth until we found our rhythm in the second period, but the home ice wasn’t really there.”
The Bruins have been pretty good on home ice over the past three seasons. The Bruins have a combined 80-52-15—playoffs included—record on Garden ice since the start of the 2009-2010 season.
“That’s another thing – you fight all season long to get that home ice advantage and you look at this series, and even in the season they won five out of the six on our ice” said Bruins forward Milan Lucic. “So that’s another thing that’s disappointing where last year in the playoffs we were really good on home ice. We have great fans and unfortunately we weren’t able to get it done for them.”
Not that it does any justice, but to the Bruins defense, the road teams thus far in this year’s playoffs are 30-18.
The Bruins will return to the a Garden today, not for a hockey game, or even for practice, the defending Stanley Cup champs will be in the building cleaning out their lockers and addressing the media in what will be a somber day once again on 100 Legends way.