Bruins have answered all questions about 2010 collapse with 2011 run

But even if we never see another 0-3 comeback in our lifetime, the 2010 Bruins can be forgiven. The 2011 Bruins – made up of roughly half the same players from a year ago and half imported fresh blood – have proven that the collapse wasn’t an organizational failure or a sign that Chara or Lucic or Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, David Krejci or Claude Julien possess some sort of gene that sentences them to be disappointments for eternity.

The mantra “last year was last year” was repeated so many times over the last week, the Bruins practically lulled us into a coma with it. That doesn’t mean there isn’t some truth to it, and now they’ve proven that slogan to be the truest thing imaginable.

There can be no more questions about the Bruins’ ability to overcome last year’s disappointment, or close out a playoff series in dramatic or anticlimactic fashion. Now there can only be questions about what it feels like to take a step no Bruins squad has taken in 19 years, what it takes to beat Tampa Bay and how many goals can the power play score now that it’s on “fire.”

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