June 25, 2013

Bruins' season comes to stunning, painful end

Chicago scores twice in the final 1:16 of regulation to beat Boston 3-2 and win their second title in four seasons.

The Associated Press

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Chicago Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg (25), of Sweden, hoists the Stanley Cup alongside goalie Corey Crawford (50) after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins [score] in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), hugs Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81), both of Slovakia, after the Blackhawks beat the Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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"We knew they were going to pinch (in toward the net), and you lose a puck battle here or there, and they made great plays," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "The tying goal is a great play. They've got their best players out there on the ice and then they made a great pass."

And on Bolland's winning goal, he said, "our guys were close to him, but, you know, he just out-muscled them on that."

The loss was especially painful because the Bruins wanted to provide good news for a city where the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath resulted in the deaths of four people.

They wanted to cap off the season with a championship.

"We really felt that we wanted to play as hard as we could for a numbers of reasons, for the city," Chara said. "We were very proud of the fans the way they stood behind us."

In the end, though, the game ended with Blackhawks players hoisting the Stanley Cup over their heads and their fans cheering in the Bruins building.

All that after the Bruins were so close to forcing a Game 7 but couldn't hold off the Blackhawks' late charge.

"We didn't respond," Rask said.

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27), of Sweden, hugs Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) after winning Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals 3-2 against the Boston Bruins, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, and center Patrice Bergeron (37) check Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad, center, in front of the goal during the second period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Harry How, Pool)

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Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) celebrates his goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50)during the first period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland (36) celebrates his game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins with Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16) during the third period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  


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