Springtime in Boston

When the snow starts to melt and temperatures begin to climb again in New England (well, at least a little bit), the swan boats come back to the Commons, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park, and when we're lucky, playoff hockey shows its face at TD Garden. 

Boston vs. Ottawa, game 4 at TD Garden

Boston is one of only four cities simultaneously hosting both NHL and NBA playoff series this season. Having lived here for almost a decade now, there's nothing that says Springtime in Boston like sitting on a patio with a summer beer in hand while watching the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins all in one day, but there's something truly special about playoff hockey in this town over that of any other sport.

After being demoted to outside spectator status for the past three years, having Bruins playoff games in our own barn again means something extra for fans here. What once seemed like a commodity taken for granted suddenly became precious again, and we refuse to let ourselves forget that.

2011 Eastern Conference Finals, Boston vs. Tampa Bay game 7 at TD Garden

Prior to last night's game 4 at TD Garden, the last home playoff game I had attended was game 7 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals against Tampa Bay. When we as fans watch playoff hockey, regardless of which teams are on the ice, games like that night in May are what we all dream of; no bad calls, no dirty hits, no shenanigans; just playoff hockey in its best and purest form.

While in the first round of the 2017 playoffs, the Bruins now find themselves in a 3-1 hole against Ottawa, the beauty of the postseason is that anything can happen. Chicago is down three games to none, Toronto's band of kids are giving Washington a run for their money, and hey, it's the playoffs--here, anything goes.

- Ally