Bruins team president Cam Neely and assistant general manager Don Sweeney have tried to establish a winning tradition in Boston since being named to their current positions. They feel as though they've succeeded in doing so, which is a sort of blast from the past.

Neely said that when he arrived in Boston as a player in 1986, the Bruins had a reputation as a team that will make the playoffs. It was not something that fans hoped for. It was something that was expected. Neely said that the Bruins have returned to that status, and that the current Bruins team is on a mission.

"You always have to reach for the next rung in the ladder," he said.

Neely also thinks that the Bruins have learned from previous playoff failures, including their collapse against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 conference semifinals.

To hear what else Sweeney and Neely had to say when sitting down with NESN's Andy Brickley, check out the video above.