OK, so the last time the Bruins lost a triple-overtime opener in the Stanley cup Finals, what happened?
Let Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, as only he can do, be your history teacher.
"Triple overtime. It takes you back to 23 years ago," Shaughnessy told Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh on "Uno Sports Tonight" on Thursday.
"The Bruins were in the Finals in 1990, In Game 1 at Boston Garden, Petr Klima goes five-hole on Andy Moog in the third overtime," Shaughnessy recalled. It gave the Edmonton Oilers the 3-2 victory and they would go on to sweep the Bruins in four straight.
They wouldn't return to the Finals again until 2011.
The current Bruins hope the same fate doesn't await them after they lost a triple-OT thriller to the Blackhawks 4-3 in their Stanley Cup Finals opener.
Shaughnessy said in talking to Cam Neely and Ray Bourque about that famous 1990 game, "they felt if that game had gone differently, it could have changed that entire series."
Still, this Bruins team has something Neely's and Bourque's didn't.
"Unlike 23 years ago," Shaughnessy said. "This team has the backing of what they did two years ago [in winning the Cup]. They came back against Montreal 0-2, they came back against Vancouver 0-2."
Watch the attached video for the complete history lesson.