Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Bruins are headed into a playoff series as heavy underdogs against a hockey team for the ages with infinitely more offensive firepower.

This time around, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals, but it should ring a little familiar because it’s the same scenario the Black and Gold faced two years ago when they stared down a the Vancouver Canucks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Canucks boasted offensive superstars, an All-Star goaltender and a collection of hockey talent that just about every talking head and puck pundit agreed was the best team the NHL had to offer.

The Canucks were supposed to run the Bruins out of the arena with their blinding speed and flashy offensive skill, and the Canucks power play was expected to tear a slower, more physical B’s team to shreds after Boston managed to survive Game 7 playoff showdowns against Montreal and Tampa Bay.

Except that’s not what happened. Instead, the smaller, weaker Canucks were broken down over the course of a long, punishing, seven-game playoff series against Boston. Eventually players like the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler got tired of taking physical blows from the likes of Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg and Shawn Thornton.

Conjuring up names like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Jarome Iginla, Kris Letang and Chris Kunitz is just scratching the surface of the talent level with the Penguins. They’re an ultra-talented, ridiculously deep hockey club that’s averaging 4.27 goals per game in the playoffs after leading the NHL with 3.38 goals per game during the 48-game regular season.