In response to SoxFanInIL's comment:
"Rickard built the arena specifically with boxing in mind, believing that every seat should be close enough to see the "sweat on the boxers' brows." Because of this design theme, fans were much closer to the players during Bruins and Celtics games than in most arenas, leading to a distinct hometown advantage. This physical proximity also created spectacular acoustic effects, much like the contemporary Chicago Stadium. When teams made playoff appearances, and a sold-out crowd was chanting or screaming, the impact was enormous."
The Jets have the same concept of design at the MTS Centre - you're practically on top of the ice and it is by far the loudest rink I've ever been in. How much has that "advantage" helped get them into the playoffs?