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Ian Clark's On Hockey: A tough end to the story
In the blink of an eye, the Boston Bruins went from the brink of forcing a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final to watching the Chicago Blackhawks take the Cup for a skate around the ice at TDGarden Monday.
And then came the heartbreak, all in span of 18 seconds of game time.Bryan Bickel tied the game with 1:16 remaining. Tough to swallow, but at least overtime could still go Boston’s way.
“It’s tough to put words to describe how we’re feeling right now,” said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, who played through the pain of a broken rib and more in Game 6. “You work so hard just to get to this point and give yourself a chance to get the Cup. And you feel like you’re right there, and you have a chance to force Game 7, and definitely it hurts. It doesn’t work your way. Have to give credit to Chicago. They played a great series. But at the same time, it’s the last thing you want to say. It hurts to see them hoisting the cup.”
The Blackhawks tied the game at 1-1 in the second period. Off a neutral zone faceoff, Michal Rozsival chipped the puck off the right wing boards. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was caught flat-footed. Jonathan Toews raced in a snapped a puck through Tuukka Rask’s five-hole.
Boston also lost to the team that most prognosticators had winning the Cup all along. The Blackhawks led the NHL wire-to-wire. They began the year with a record-setting run of success, starting 21-0-3.
Ian Clark covers pro hockey for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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