It was a devastating blow for Boston hockey fans last night as the Bruins were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2 at the TD Garden.
But while legions of depressed Bruins fans filed out of the Garden onto Causeway Street, a heightened police presence looked on to make sure there was no rioting in the wake of the loss.
Luckily, there seemed to be less of an uproar in the streets than police expected. Acording to fans, there was a mutual respect for the Blackhawks, who scored a pair of goals in the last period and secured the win.
“I was kind of surprised how many people were nice and were high-fiving Blackhawks fans as they came out,” Robert Dee, 19, told the Boston Globe.
“The Blackhawks are an excellent team, and if it had been the other way, it would have been an excellent comeback,” Dee's friend Stan Usoviczadded. “Congratulations, I guess.”
In the locker room, the players and coaches voiced their disappointment over not being able to bring Lord Stanley's cup back to New England, particularly after such a difficult year for the area.
“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,” head coach Claude Julien told NESN. “It hit closeto home, and the best way we felt we could try and cheer the area was to win a Stanley Cup. I thinkthat’s what’s hard right now for the players. We had more reasons than just ourselves to win a Cup."
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