The last time the Boston Bruins made the Stanley Cup Final was 1990. The NHL was a 21 team league back then, and coach Mike Milbury guided the Bruins to a league best record 45-25-9 for 101 points. That NHL season the Bruins were the best defensive team with the goalie tandem of Andy Moog and Reggie Lemelim only allowing a league-low 232 goals.
Cam Neely led the way offensively scoring 55 goals and leading the team in points with 92 in 76 games played. Neely was also physical leader on the team and wasn't going to be pushed around - finishing 2nd on the team in penalties with 117 PIMs. On the backend some guy named Ray Bourque would win his 3rd of 5 Norris Trophies by posting up 84 points in 76 games and also leading his team in shots with 310 that year (he loved to shoot, in Ron Tugnutt's 70 save game in 1991, Bourque fired 19 shots at him that night).
Around the NHL that year Brett Hull led the league in goals with 72 and Mr. Gretzky was the points leader with 142 points. Mark Messier won the Hart Trophy and some guy named Patrick Roy won his 2nd of 3 Vezina's. Sergei Makarov won the rookie of the year award by posting up 24 goals and 62 apples for 85 points. Whatever happened to him?
Heading into the playoffs the Bruins were a favourite to win the Cup, but they barely got by the Hartford Whalers in the opening round. A Game 7 win advanced the Bruins to play their old friends the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins easily handled the Habs, winning the series 4-1 and then swept the Washington Capitals in the Conference Finals to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers.
In Game 1, Petr Klima would score at 15:13 of the 3rd overtime period to give the Oilers the win. This game still remains as the longest Stanley Cup Final game played in history. The Bruins were outplayed by the Mark Messier led Oilers all series and couldn't find a way to beat Oilers goalie Bill Ranford. The Bruins would fall to the Oilers in 5 games and Ranford would win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Playoffs.
Cam Neely had a very strong playoffs putting up 28 points in 21 games and 22-year-old centre Craig Janney would also play very well scoring 22 points in 18 games. Ray Bourque would be a stand out with 17 points in 17 games, but that still wouldn't be enough to take down the Oilers.
21 years later the Bruins are back at the dance and trying to capture their 6th Stanley Cup, with their last one coming in 1972.