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Wednesday night, I found myself bartending at my local pub waiting for the Bruins game to begin. As I began to prep for my shift at seven o’clock, one by one, fan after fan dawning the colors black and gold filed through the doors to witness what could be history in the making. Upon serving customers, I couldn’t help but listen to conversations about Claude Julien, Tomas Kaberle, the Bruin’s powerplay and so on. Fans young and old talking Bruins hockey under the same roof in perfect harmony with words of hope and desire to make it to the Cup. Roars of cheers upon every Bruin’s goal and and utter disgust in every Lightning score gave the illusion of the TD Garden right here in my home town.
It was then I noticed it.
Our Boston Bruins have gained the hearts of all other Boston sports fans and together we root as one big family. A war machine that is not to be reckoned with.
Being a life long Bruins fan myself, I couldnt help but to feel at ease when I joined in on conversations and offered my opinions on certain players and matters. This truly is what all of Bruins nation has wanted for over 40 years.
Now that Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Nathon Horton, and the rest of the team has proved themselves to be a viable contender for the NHL Stanley Cup trophy, fans are open arms to see something that hasnt been done in over 40 years”
A Bruins player raising Lord Stanley’s Cup Trophy.
Much to the amazement of fans however, the Bruins could not end the Tampa Bay Lighning’s playoff season in Game 6, and in turn fear of failure began to rise. While whispers of defeat were extinguished, only words of hope of a win at home in Game 7 were heard.
Friday night will not be just another Game 7. No sir, absoultely no way. This will be the city of Boston and all of Boston Bruins Nation in a fight to make history. Giving it all that they can not only in the TD Garden, but in every bar, club, and household across its plain.
One game, 60 minutes, to make history.
The Bruins players cannot just try to win Friday night for themselves. They must win for every mother, father, sister, and brother that has given their heart and soul for the team since the season has begun. A failure at this stage could be catastrophic for years to come.
This feeling of jubilation that has filled every fan’s body has not been felt since 1990 and is refreshing to say the least.
While Boston’s other three major sports have come into greater graces in fans hearts, all have hiccuped over the past few years, from an undefeated season loss in the Super Bowl, to a Game 7 loss to our bitter rivals in the NBA Championship.
We, Boston sports fans, are accustomed to championships, something in which we have not had in hockey for nearly 40 years.
Hall of Fame players such as Cam Neely, Ray Bourque, and Rick Middleton were unable to win the trophy for Boston, but maybe….just maybe, this team can.
Their chance to become Gods among men in Boston and ensure a powerful fanbase will begin Friday night.
Nothing will keep me from watching this game, and hoping for a new Bruins era to begin.