B’s Have a Great Deal to be Proud of


The Boston Bruins Stanley Cup defeat was crushing on all levels. A storybook run came to a suddenly shocking halt and to makes things worse; Chicago skated around proudly on the Bruins home ice celebrating a championship.

“Forever. It will be with me forever,” said Johnny Boychuk, when asked how long the Stanley Cup Finals loss and the Game 6 defeat will linger in his thoughts. “You remember winning it (the Cup), but you remember losing it a little more.”

The Black and Gold seemed destined for a game 7, as they held a 2-1 lead with just ninety-seconds remaining in game 6. Corey Crawford was on the bench and the Blackhawks net was vacant. A few simple clears and the Bruins would have left the Garden winners Monday night. Instead the wheels fell off.

“It was just one thing right after another,” said David Krejci in disbelief. “Before you knew it, it was in the net. Right after, the same thing. The second goal hurt so bad, and we just couldn’t recover. Then the third one happened. It all of a sudden felt like you had so much weight on your back. You couldn’t move, you couldn’t think, and just couldn’t get it done.”

Seventeen-seconds is all took for Chicago tie the game and seemingly shatter the hopes and dreams of the Bruins. It was over in a blink of an eye and of course seventeen now becomes a number that will forever live in infamy.

“It’s tough to put into words to describe how we’re feeling right now,” said Patrice Bergeron. “You work so hard just to get to this point and give yourself a chance to get the Cup. You feel like you’re right there, and you have a chance to force Game 7, and definitely it hurts.”

It will undoubtedly take time to digest a loss of this magnitude, but the Blackhawks deserve the upmost credit for defeating a tremendous Bruins club. They are a talented group and are worthy winners.

Though Claude Julien’s team has a great deal to be proud of even in defeat. The Bruins went toe-to-toe with the best in the NHL and very well could have won the Cup themselves if it wasn’t for a few unfavorable bounces. As cliché as it may sound, Boston’s luck just ran short.

“I’m going to stand here and tell you how proud I am of our team, how those guys battled right until the end,” Julien said. “Without getting into all these injuries today because it’s not the time, we battled through a lot. You know, when you realize that you’re a couple wins away from a Stanley Cup and how those guys push through a lot of things, I have nothing but good things to say about it.”

Following the loss, tears were flowing in the Bruins locker room. Every Bruin, still in uniform, struggled to compose themselves when addressing the media. Tyler Seguin admitted it was the “longest he’s ever cried.”

What these 2013 Boston Bruins were able to accomplish this season is nothing short of admirable. They grew as a team, developed close-knit bonds with one another, overcame adversity, and won the Eastern Conference.

Many will look back and view it as a season to forget because they ultimately fell short of their main goal. But when the dust settles and all is said and done, what this Bruins team provided for the city of Boston will forever be cherished.

Their historical comeback against Toronto was simply amazing. The grit, heart, and determination they showcased against New York were inspirational. Sweeping the heavily favored Penguins was certainly one of most significant achievements in franchise history.

Tuukka Rask silenced any doubters he may have had. Night in and night out he showed how valuable he is. More importantly he solidified himself as one of the top goaltenders in the NHL and the future backbone of the Bruins.

David Krejci emerged as one of the great talents in the game. His tremendous two-way play gives the Bruins much to look forward too.

Patrice Bergeron’s heroics throughout the playoffs will place him among some of the greatest Bruins to ever lace up the skates.

Torey Krugg drew comparisons to Bobby Orr in his brief tenure with the team and looks to have a promising future with a ton of upside.

Rask, Krejci, Bergeron, and Krugg are just a few of many Bruins, who embodied the fight, courage, and strong will of the city they play in and the team they represent.

The Bruins wanted to win the Stanley Cup not so much for themselves, but for the people of Boston and those of New England after the Newtown tragedy and Boston Marathon bombing.

“You know, at the end of the day, I think that’s what hurts the most is in the back of our minds, we wanted to do it for those kind of reasons, the City of Boston, what Newtown has been through, that kind of stuff,” Claude Julien said. “It hit close to home, and the best way we felt we could try and cheer the area up was to win a Stanley Cup.”

Sure the result isn’t what the Bruins had hoped for. They put up a great effort over the course of their magical run. It should be quickly pointed out that everything they provided for the community is something to be proud of. Each and every night they laid it all on the line. In a time of need they brought everyone together as one and provided us with hope. That is by far more important than anything else in what has been a trying time.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network  







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