The fatigue of winning the Stanley Cup in 2011 might have finally caught up with the Boston Bruins in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.
Brad Marchand had trouble distinguishing when the 2010-11 campaign ended and the 2011-12 season began. To him, the last two years have felt like a single marathon campaign. "It definitely felt that way," said Marchand. "The summer felt like it was a week long last year. It has been a long year, a long two years. It's been tough. You have to make sure you prepare. There's different ways to get up for games. When you're not as excited or able to get up for games ' like we were able to last year ' it can get a little tough." Winning back-to-back Stanley Cups is extremely rare, but the Bruins will have a long summer this year.