As most of us sit at our office desk today, we really should be anticipating a game seven in the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead, we are reliving the seventeen seconds it took to destruct all the work the Bruins put forth to bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston. With less than two minutes away from a game six win, disaster set in when the tying goal happened. Most fans just figured the game would go into overtime, and we would be up till 2 am again before a winner would prevail. As we all know this just didn’t happen, as the wheels would fall off, and one of the biggest collapse in sports history would take place. Blackhawks Dave Bolland would put the final nail in the coffin, as his cup clinching goal would be scored with only 58 ticks left on the clock.
There are plenty of people out there that will only look at the negative things in life; if you came to read something negative about the Bruins on this page, you may just want to exit stage right at this time. The Bruins taught us that miracles do happen on Causeway Street, as they completed an epic comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs (very similar to what the Blackhawks did on Monday night). Trailing the Leafs by three goals in the third period, everyone had begun to write their eulogy on the Bruins season. The Bruins would begin their rally, as Nathan Horton rattled one home for the Bruins to pull within two goals. Less than nine minutes later, Milan Lucic would light the lamp to pull the Bruins within one. Most of the fans that left during the third period were itching to get back into the Garden, and I have three words for all those fans, “Shame on you!” Patrice Bergeron, who had been sluggish through most of the first six games apparently woke up, and came out of his shell. With only 51 seconds remaining on the Bruins season, Bergeron sent TD Garden into frenzy when he put the tying goal into the net. He wasn’t done there though because only four minutes into overtime, Bergeron would be the hero as he scored the game and series clinching goal. Whether it was fate, skill, or the hockey gods wanting this outcome, Boston went completely bonkers as the Bruins celebrated with utter jubilee.
The Bruins taught us that talent can come from all ages, shapes and sizes. David Krejci taught us that he isn’t just a regular season player, but a primetime performer. Krejci led the playoffs with 17 assists and nine goals for a total of 26 points. He was everywhere on the ice, and always seemed to make big plays happen for the B’s. We were taught that age is nothing more than a number because Torey Krug is still a kid, but played like a man possessed for most of the postseason. He became the only player to score four goals in their first five postseason games. Every time Krug reared his stick back for a slap shot, everyone watching from at home and in the arena would stand at attention. Jagr taught us that he is still a valuable talent at his age because he could still bring magic to the ice. Even though he didn’t register a single goal, he still made plays for his teammates, proving that effort and grit alone can still help win hockey games.
The Bruins taught us that Tuukka Rask is a valuable asset, and can go down as one of the best to play his position if he continues to work hard. His goal-against-average was better than Tim Thomas in the 2011 cup run, and ironically had the exact same save percentage. During the postseason, Rask would stand on his head to make saves, and singlehandedly win games for the B’s. There is no longer the question of who the B’s will have in net for the next several years, and that is always a sigh of relief. The Bruins showed us what a warrior looks like, and taught us what it takes to be classified as one. Gregory Campbell blocks a shot, and instantly breaks his leg. This man didn’t lay on the ice in defeat, he “SKATED” for 48 more seconds on broke leg. Most people wouldn’t be able to think, let alone skate on a broken leg, and this man did it for almost a minute. Patrice Bergeron had an undisclosed body injury in game five, but proceeded to play in game six. After the game, news was released that Bergeron played with broken ribs, torn cartilage, and suffered a separated shoulder sometime during action that night. For those of you that passed out while reading that, I will write it again, Bergeron played game six with broken ribs, torn cartilage, and suffered a separated shoulder during action that night. Bergeron wanted to be out there with his teammates so bad, and wanted to win the cup at all cost, he put himself in harm’s way in hopes of achieving that feat. Both these players are warriors, and deserve all the praise they will get in the future for their heroic efforts. Most importantly, the Bruins taught us that no matter what terrible event takes place in your life, you can rally the troops and prevail even stronger in the end. With the Boston Marathon bombing taken place this year, many families were distraught, and a city was sent into fear
In the end, one team will come out victorious while the other team deals with defeat, and unfortunately the Bruins were latter part of that this time around. There is no question that a terrible collapse happened in game six, but don’t let it blind all the memories and things the Bruins taught us the past season.