It looked as if the Bruins were going to force a Stanley Cup Final Game 7 when they entered the final minutes of Game 6 up 2-1. Unfortunately, the Blackhawks had other plans as they scored two goals in seventeen seconds and went on to win the game and the Stanley Cup.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said after the game that he’d remember the loss forever. How do you get past this type of loss?
“You’re going to remember the loss because it was something that someone took away from you that you want more that anything,” Milan Lucic told Hardy, Mike Flynn and Jon Wallach when he joined them on 98.5 The Sports Hub,”especially where we were so close. You look at a bounce here or there and we’re the ones who win the Stanley cup, so it’s something that going to stick with you forever and sometimes you can turn that emotion that you feel from that into hunger, into fire and you can spin that emotion into some kind of positive.”
Moving forward into the offseason after a loss like that is hard enough, but the Bruins have choices about players and the future they have with this team. It’s already known that Andrew Ference, Jaromir Jagr and Jay Pandolfo won’t be back with the Bruins for the 2013-2014 season, but other guys could find themselves leaving town as well. Nathan Horton is an unrestricted free agent and could find himself in a different uniform next season. What does a guy like Horton add to Lucic’s game?
“Just having another big body on our line and a guy who can make big plays and also who can score, I think that’s why our line is a line and that’s why we compliment each other so well.”
Well with the deep run the B’s made there’s really not a ton of time off before training camp opens and it’s back to work and Bruins fans will most certainly be ready.