2019 Stanley Cup Final What a long crazy road this season has been

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  1. Fenway

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    The Bruins preseason started a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way from home 8 months ago



    But the team BONDED on that trip and that has carried over to this day



    The Winter Classic in South Bend was another bonding experience for the team.



    I have been fortunate enough to be along for most of the ride. Back in October, I had a memorable drive where I saw a wild bear on the drive between Edmonton and Vancouver and then by sheer luck saw Mark Recchi being honored in his hometown at a WHL game.

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    Going into this season I felt like most of the HF Bruins pundits that Toronto on paper had moved passed us, Tampa would be a juggernaut and the B's would have competition to keep the 3 seed in the Atlantic.

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    No matter what happens it is time to give Bruins management a stick tap.

    I'm just a roadie in all of this and I will be honest that I see and hear things that I will never post on HF but I will say this - This is the most focused group of athletes that I have ever been in involved with covering games.



     
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    I really want another night like this

     
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    I'm just a camera op - but I'm pretty good at what I do :)

    But the teams's on the bus
    And they're ready to go
    We've got to drive all night and do a game in Chicago
    Or Detroit, I don't know
    We do so many games in a row

    And these towns all look the same
    We just pass the time in the hotel rooms
    And wander 'round the rink.
    Till those lights come up and the puck is dropped
    And we remember why we came



     
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    It's been quite a year.

    I'm especially happy for:

    Bruce Cassidy. This season has cemented his status as an NHL caliber coach.

    Noel Acciari. Sure he struggled early in the season, but the level of criticism he received on this board was excessive.

    Tuuka Rask. His nonchalant-at-times demeanor rubs some the wrong way, but wow, has he silenced his critics. I made him my avatar a while back when he was being ripped to shreds here. Tim Thomas is my favorite Bruin, but Tuuka's not far behind.

    Don Sweeney. How many great decisions has he made in the past year? Letting other teams overpay Schaller and Riley Nash, signing Wagner and Nordstrom, bringing in Halak to spell Rask, acquiring Coyle and Johansen at the TDL.

    I'm a bit saddened for Kevan Miller, though. For a guy as tough as he is, he just can't seem to stay off the disabled list. Last I checked he's 2 regular season games shy of getting his name on the Cup should they win and he doesn't appear in the Final.
     
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    I’m a broken record with this, but two narratives that can be thrown out the window:

    1. They did “nothing” in the off season. I was on them for standing pat and being in this holding pattern where they were in the mix, but were essentially wasting the core’s waning years. Clearly I was wrong in wanting them to rebuild it.

    2. The playoff road was too difficult. We heard this one a lot, even from Cam, that the playoff format is flawed and needed to be changed. Tampa and Boston were in this collision course and it was bad for the league that the two best regular season teams would face off before the conference final. However, as is the norm in this league, unpredictability ensued and the two wild cards knocked off the two one seeds. Meanwhile, the divisional format led to another classic seven game series with the Leafs.
     
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    For me, Toronto was always a toss up, and the series played out that way. Were fortunate that didn’t need to face Tampa because they were a machine. But the Bruins have turned into one, so who knows what would have been had they met in round 2.

    There were a few years there that this team really wasn’t that likable. That spark, or that special sauce was missing. Under Sweeney’s watch that slowly started to return. This team is rivaling 2011 for likability for me, and I LOVED that team. Ference, Thornton, Thomas, Recchi.

    Say what you want about Backes and his contract but he has become the perfect complimentary leadership piece to getting this team back to where it was from 2011 - 2013.

    This team has the perfect mix of veteran leadership with young, hungry players. I’ve been nervous about what is going to happen when this core starts to age out and fall off the roster, but I have complete confidence they’re bringing the next group up to speed and we’ll see a Bergeron/Marchand/Chara/Krejci style of play and commitment even after they’re gone.

    Winning breeds happiness of course so maybe I’m not looking at this clearly. But despite what happens this round it’s been a hell of a ride and I think Sweeney, Neely, and Cassidy have built an incredible blueprint.
     
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    The development of the defense has been an absolute key.

    To be able to weather the loss of Miller, McAvoy, Chara, Krug, and Grzelcyk at various points and for difference reasons and end up where they have is to be applauded.

    For all the more we discussed the glaring hole at 2nd line RW, they’ve scraped it together without breaking the bank or the draft pool on the big fish.

    Can’t have it all in a cap league.

    And of course, Halak being able to spell Rask when he was going through whatever may have saved their season.

    It all came together, but it was far from a certainty.
     
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    Gawd, I can't stand anything about Jackson Browne, save "Running on Empty," but I spent 10+ years behind the scenes in the concert biz and I can completely relate. Your experience and insight is always a treat. That you say they're the most focused group you've ever seen gives me tremendous confidence.
     
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    Points were at a premium.
     
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    There is no way they wouldn't petition to get his name on the Cup if they win and he doesn't make it into a Final game.

    I do feel bad for him though. Must be hard to have to watch and not play.
     
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    At the start of the season, I would have put the Bruins in the second tier of teams that could realistically compete for a cup. I didn't think they could get by Tampa or Washington, but felt they were as good as the rest of the teams vying for the cup. So I never thought in a million years we'd be here waiting to see who they play for the finals. It's been an incredible run, and I don't want it to end.
     
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    This will be the greatest season ever for me if they win it, because this has been the Year of Hockey for my nearly six-year-old son and I. As I'm typing, he just had me help him get his socks on so he could practice skating on our hardwood floor. We've been to a bunch of P Bruins and UMass games, including the Frozen Four, NCAA regionals and Hockey East championships. If I could take him to a Cup parade, it would complete a most amazing year of deeply connecting with him through this beautiful game. He's already obsessed. This would permanently solidify it. Now he's practicing his celly, for Pete's sake.
     
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    Didn’t the bruins go 6-0 on their road trip this year?


    Lots of great story lines this year that remind me of the 2011 team, and I agree with Kate that they are as likeable or close to it

    This team has an identity and it’s a hell of a good one, basically everything that has needed to go right for Boston has. Backes filling a key role. All Sweeney trades contributing. Old core finds new life. Young guys contributing.

    To me, guys like Debrusk play a huge role in this team’s resurgence particularly identity wise. When he scored that goal against Toronto and skated by the bench thumping the spoked b, I knew we had something special cooking.

    Players that love this city and organization and want to be here

    Not a single passenger on this team and I love it
     
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    And they still are....8 more to rack up
     
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    It is a special team and the trip at the beginning of the season reminded me of 2011. There seems to be some deep bonds with the players, they seem to genuinely like each other. Chara coming onto the ice for the trophy was so awesome, it seems like a real family atmosphere with him at the top. It is so much fun to watch and the Peaky Bruins theme was perfect for the season. So much to love and enjoy! Keep it rolling boys!!!
     
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    If he starts practicing his autograph, you may have the next Marchand :laugh: (there was an article that mentioned Marchand doing that when he was a kid, no idea where I read it though)
     
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    I'd say Cassidy's status is probably a little better than just NHL caliber. But yes, extremely happy for him. Given a 2nd chance, proves the whole league wrong.

    Also happy for Cam Neely. Not many jokes flying around about him any more.

    Happy for the Z man too. Can't win a Cup with him as a top pair guy anymore. Much like can't win a Cup with Rask in goal. Much like would never win a Cup with Tim Thomas in goal.
     
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    If the kids pay attention, and I think they are, the Bruins should continue to have strong leadership for years to come. I have a hard time believing there is a better leadership core in the league right now.
     
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    I rarely criticize the team... in my happy puppy thread I tried to post all season long with reasons I saw greatness happening.

    we were hit with ungodly injuries to the defense... or else we would have been even better during regular season. but we were never going to settle for regular season success

    playoffs are a crapshoot... I was very iffy that we would beat tampa head to head... I never once called for a playoff format change for that reason. I like to encourage rivalry matchups so I suggested changes only to increase rivalaries.

    as luck turns out tampa lost... we got different opponents. all along, I said you got to beat the team in front of you if you want to win the cup

    for me... this was always about winning the cup. anything less would have been a disappointment.

    the trade deadline moves werent the ones I called for... but they served the purpose we knew needed serving. this teams one weakness was second/third line scoring depth. adding 2 upgrades without a huge hit to the future assets was a master stroke

    I never once lost faith in the core chara/Bergeron/marchand/rask but they didnt win the last 7 cups so my faith was unrewarded. ive been picking the b's to win the cup every year

    so... maybe I will be right this year :)
    but I wont say im some super genius. I wont take credit for them winning
    im glad my faith/support never waivered. it will make victory all the sweeter

    winning requires some luck... a hot goalie... healthy players... a team that bonds together

    its a beautiful thing when it happens. as fans, we were lucky to be able to cheer this team
    lets hope it finishes the run the way we want but win/lose we were still lucky to be along for the ride

    go bruins go
     
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    4 weeks ago I arrived in Toronto and the city was giddy with excitement that the Leafs would kill the bear......

    How did that work out?
     
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    tHiS tEaM iS gOiNg NoWhErE tHiS sEaSoN
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