Just 14,279 days since the Bruins last hoisted the Stanley Cup, they have a chance to do it again on Wednesday. In doing so, they’d complete the cycle of Boston teams ended title droughts.
After the Celtics won it all in 1986, Boston sports fans had to wait 15 years until their next title. When the New England Patriots broke through in 2001, it was the first title in franchise history, breaking a 41-year drought. Two more Super Bowl titles followed in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
In 2004, the Red Sox put a stop to 85 years without a title. Three years later, the Celtics snapped a comparatively short 21-season drought.
When you incorporate Foxborough, the past decade has brought uncommon success for Boston-based teams. However, the Bruins have remained the exception.
On Wednesday, the Bruins go for their first title in 39 years. A win would also be unprecedented for a city’s fan base.
It would mean all four major pro sports titles will belong to Boston teams in the span of eight years. No city has ever accomplished that.