Bruins’ Cup dreams dashed, Chicago raises Lord Stanley

The Bruins began their journey to the Stanley Cup Final way back on May Day, May 1, with a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden. From there, to last night, the B’s developed something resembling a “team of destiny” identity, doing the unthinkable against the Leafs, crushing the Rangers, clobbering the Penguins and consistently playing late into the night and into the early morning with the Blackhawks. The run will likely be long remembered by Boston, a city looking for a late spring and early summer distraction from the bombings at the signature sporting event on the city’s calendar back in mid-April. The Bruins delivered with their welcomed distraction, but they just missed out on delivering the Stanley Cup to the city for the second time in three years as they fell to Chicago, 3-2, last night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.

Chicago absolutely stunned the Boston crowd with two goals in 17 seconds as Bryan Bickell scored with 76 seconds remaining and Dave Bolland found the puck off the left post and rifled it past Tuukka Rask with 59 seconds left to all but end the Bruins’ 2013 season.

The Blackhawks had pulled goaltender Corey Crawford off the ice with around 90 seconds remaining and were in desperation mode. Seconds later, it was the Bruins that were suddenly scrambling.

The B’s had controlled play for the majority of Game 6. At the 12:05 mark of the third period, David Krejci fiddled with the puck behind Crawford’s net to set up a point-blank shot by Milan Lucic which crawled on the back of Crawford’s neck before finding a home in the back of the net. Lucic’s goal put Boston up by a familiar score in the 2013 Cup Final, 2-1.

The Bruins also put tremendous pressure on Crawford in the early-going and it paid off in the form of a Chris Kelly goal 7:19 into the first period. Boston controlled the puck off a faceoff and Tyler Seguin fed Kelly for a strike that resulted in, arguably, one of the loudest outbursts in the 18-year history of TD Garden.

The Bruins had 10 shots on goal to the Blackhawks’ four through 13 minutes of the first.


One play that will likely haunt Bruins fans is Krejci’s missed opportunity off a brilliant centering pass by Brad Marchand late in the first on a B’s power play.

The Bruins also had the faceoff advantage through one period as they led Chicago, 17-7.

Patrice Bergeron received a standing ovation early in the game as he was playing with an undisclosed injury that caused him to miss the better part of two periods in last Saturday night’s Game 5 loss in Chicago.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Local

Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…

Television

'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.

Movies

Review: 'The Congress' is a crazy, unwieldy sci-fi…

Robin Wright is the center of gravity in "The Congress," which turns from a live-action Hollywood satire into an animated spectacular on a downer future.

Movies

Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood' is a…

Dakota Fanning plays Errol Flynn's (Kevin Kline) teenage gal pal in "The Last of Robin Hood," which takes a scandal and makes it dully empathetic.

Movies

Review: The uneven 'Life of Crime' mostly gets…

Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" becomes the new indie crime dramedy "Life of Crime," with Jennifer Aniston as a kidnapped woman whose husband won't pay up.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…

Home

Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.

Education

Does the school day start too early?

As thousands of high schoolers get ready to head back to class, health experts say it may be time to push back the start of…