Don’t you feel like you’ve been through this before?
The Boston Bruins needed just one more win to close out an impressive first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens.
One too many.
As has become their habit in potential series-clinchers, the Bruins lost Game 6 last night at the Bell Centre, 2-1.
Instead of finishing off the Habs, Boston is fighting memories of last year’s playoff debacle on the way to tonight’s decisive Game 7 at the Garden (7 p.m., NESN, 98.5 FM).
Last year, the B’s blew four chances to end the Flyers’ season. That won’t happen this year — Boston spotted Montreal two wins before ripping off three straight — but a new seven-game loss would be just as painful.
The B’s power play failed them again last night. They had their chances, but failed to convert any.
Boston absolutely dominated the run of play in the third period. Still, no dice.
Meanwhile, Carey Price and the Canadiens were solid — if a bit anxious — in avoiding elimination in front of the home crowd. Both their goals came on the power play, and they seemed far better on faceoffs all night long.
It was enough to keep the B’s from advancing.
So here we go again.
Can Boston actually close out a playoff series? Or will awful history repeat itself?