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Last year's rank: 48
Title track: 12
Fan relations: 28
Stadium experience: 71
Bang for the buck: 33
The Bruins have been one of the most consistent franchises in the NHL over the past seven years, winning a Stanley Cup in 2011, reaching the finals in 2013 and finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference last season. So it's no surprise, even on the heels of a bitter seven-game loss to rival Montreal in the conference semifinals last spring, that the Bruins ranked 12th in our title track category. In addition to all that recent success, Boston also has a bright future, with plenty of young players and most of its major pieces locked up for the foreseeable future. The recipe for the Bruins' recent success has been solid two-way hockey and balance, as Boston rolls four lines deep as well as anyone in the NHL and last season featured nine players who tallied at least 40 points. The Bruins also boast one of the NHL's top netminders in 27-year-old Tuukka Rask, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2014 on the strength of a 2.04 goals-against average.
Boston's success on the ice has led to changes at the box office, where ticket prices have spiked considerably; last season the average ticket at TD Garden was $73.91, the seventh priciest in the league, parking was an NHL-high $38 and the average cost per game rang up at an eye-popping $110.83 -- three reasons that Boston checked in at 106th in our affordability rankings. The Bruins should be a serious Stanley Cup contender in 2014-15, but success will again come at a price.