The Bruins’ 2011 ride to the Stanley Cup can be described many ways — magical, memorable, incredible, cathartic. It was all of those things, a golden experience with a 34½-pound silver souvenir to remember it by. What it wasn’t was a fluke.
By advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in three seasons, the Bruins have enhanced the legacy and altered the perception of their Cup-winning run two springs ago. Lifting Lord Stanley’s hallowed hardware in Vancouver was prologue, not a final act.