, Salem, MA


June 8, 2013

Sweep dreams put Bruins back in Stanley Cup final


“It’s a team game and you have to have all five guys on the ice committed to do their job ... that’s what it’s all about. To have everyone on the same page and to do whatever it takes,” captain Zdeno Chara said.

“Like I’ve been saying, we have pretty much the same team as the year we won, and a lot of guys don’t need to be reminded that every little thing can make a difference.”

When you have everyone from a 41 year old to an 18 year old committed to do things like blocking shots, playing physical, backchecking and so on and son on, the goal is pretty clear.”

To reach the Cup finals, you’ve got to bury your chances, play shutdown D and maybe win a game or two that you probably shouldn’t have. But you also need a little puck luck, and the Bruins have certainly had their fair share during this wild postseason run.

I mean, really, who would’ve guessed that Adam McQuaid, known more for his brawny ways and his mullet, would’ve been the one to break a scoreless tie five minutes into the third period with the game’s only goal, a shot through traffic that beat Penguins netminder Tomas Vokoun over his right shoulder?

I’m not sure what you would’ve gotten the best odds on happening from Vegas: a.) that the Bruins would sweep Pittsburgh in four straight; b.) that they’d hold a squad averaging more than four goals a game in the playoffs — the best such rate in 20 years — to a grand total of 2 goals the entire series; c.) that they’d keep the vaunted Penguins’ power play off the scoresheet completely (0-for-15); or that d.) Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Jarome Iginla and Kris Letang would all finish the ECF with nary a point and a collective rating of minus-24. (I suppose you could add in e.), that offensively challenged defenseman Paul Martin would lead the team in scoring for the series with 2 points, but that’d be piling on).

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