2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

In a season that’s spanned 9 months & 99 games, Bruins point to Winter Classic as turning point en route to Cup Final

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The final chapters of the 2018-19 Bruins’ season will not be written for at least a few more weeks.

Hoisting the Stanley Cup in June will be the ultimate determinant of Boston’s campaign  — but whether it be victory or defeat — there’s no denying Bruce Cassidy’s club has taken quite the road to get to this point.

A year that began with a preseason trek to China has now stretched to nine months — with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final set to be the 100th game that Boston will take part in so far this season. And while the B’s are primarily focused on winning Games 100, 101, 102 and 103 to put a triumphant stamp on 2018-19, Cassidy and his team set some time aside Sunday to reflect on a long year of hockey.

It can be hard to encapsulate an entire season into one pivotal stretch of games — let alone a single matchup. But before the postseason even got underway, there seemed to be a consensus as to what helped put Boston on track for the playoff push that it is close to capping off with a title.