Tonight’s Game 6 in the series between the Bruins and the Lightning will test to see if history will repeat itself. Neither Boston nor Tampa Bay had trouble in their second round series’ in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, both picking up 4-game sweeps – the Bruins toppling the Philadelphia Flyers by an average margin of 3 goals, and the Lightning ousting the top-seeded Washington Capitals by just 1.5. It was the first round which is causing both of these teams to look back at their history, each hoping to recapture magic.

The Boston Bruins enjoyed a 3-2 lead in their series against Montreal in round 1, but they were unable to put away the Canadians in Game 6. That lead to a nail-biter for the black and yellow, as Game 7 was decided in over-time, with the Canadians proving tough to eliminate.

The Tampa Bay Lightning were in the opposite position in their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, down 3 games to 2 after five games, but Tampa Bay went on to win the final two games to eliminate the ’09 Stanley Cup Champs. If Tampa Bay wins tonight on home ice in Florida, it will force Friday’s Game 7 to be contested in Boston.

Whichever team wins the series will advance to play the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals. This is the first return to the Cup Finals for Vancouver since 1994. It has been 21 years since the Bruins made it to the end of the bracket to contest for the Cup, whereas the Lightning were the Cup Champions seven years ago back in 2004.