Leadership, big wins give Bruins a boost

Boston in good position for playoffs after routing Canadiens in season series finale

Updated: March 25, 2011, 10:28 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- After the Boston Bruins became infamous for their implosion during the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring, assistant captain Mark Recchi sat at his locker stall, dejected that the season -- and quite possibly his career -- was over.

The Bruins had surrendered a 3-0 series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals and eventually lost with a devastating defeat in Game 7 at TD Garden. At the time, Recchi didn't know what to make of the situation.

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