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The Bruins really pushed the Montreal Canadiens to their limits, but their efforts were not enough. A lot has to be said though about forcing a Game 7 after facing a 3-1 series deficit. For a moment, the Bruins became relevant in the Boston sports scene and it was an important step in the right direction for the franchise. While they ended up losing the game 5-0, they gave it their best and showed that, despite being the the 8th seed in the playoffs, they could hang with the best.
However tonight, Carey Price was just too much. He made clutch save after clutch save throughout the game. Fast forward to the midway portion of the second period, when Phil Kessel grabbed the loose puck and skated toward the net. He had Marco Sturm skating with him and he set him up for the shot. Sturm one-timed it and Price stopped him cold on a point-blank chance. For that stretch in the second period, it felt as though it was only a matter of time before the Bruins would score; they completed outplayed the Canadiens, yet Price goal-tended like a brick wall stopping everything in sight. Exhausted, the Bruins let up for a second, and game went to 3-0. At that point, the Canadien fans were…well in their typical mood and you could feel it was over for the Bruins.
It was a valiant effort guys! I don’t think I’ll forget that crazy game 6 for a long time. The excitement the Bruins brought to Boston this playoff season is a welcomed feeling. It has been too long to have the Bruins taking the back seat to the rest of Boston sports. By showing the fans that they stand a fighting chance against the competition, the Bruins have earned some well-deserved respect. Next season, next season…