Every kid who grew up playing hockey had dreams of playing in a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Usually, that dream involves scoring the game-winning goal to win the Stanley Cup. The Boston Bruins have an excellent opportunity to have that dream become a reality after a 5-1 victory in Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues forced a Game 7.
There will be a buzz and excitement never felt in the city of Boston before as the Bruins host a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. With the Stanley Cup in the house, you know one team will win, and another will lose. The players know it will be exciting, but know this is just a hockey game.
“It’s gonna be exciting, someone is going to win the Stanley Cup, so it’s gonna be an exciting game, ” Brad Marchand told reporters after Game 6. “There will be a lot of energy around it, but we just want to focus on what we’ve done all year, just prepare and try to play the same game. We are not going to get caught up in the excitement around it. We just gonna try to prepare and focus the same way that we did tonight.”
Bruins goalie and Conn Smythe Trophy favorite Tuukka Rask re-emphasized Marchand’s point about the excitement the city of Boston is feeling when it comes to the Bruins and the chance of the Stanley Cup being hoisted.
“It’s very exciting, lot of us have been in the finals a couple of times,” Rask told reporters. “We haven’t had a chance to have a clinching game at home, so obviously the city will be behind us, and very excited.
Like Marchand, Rask knows the Bruins have work to do and need to remain focused on the game and not the circumstances that surround the game.
“But like Brad said, we are gonna focus on our game and we have a hockey game to win that’s really all that matters, which is easier said than done,” Rask told reporters. “At the end of the day it’s a hockey game, you just go out there and play our game and play your best and see what happens.”
For one Bruins player, it could be an extra special night. Charlie Coyle who is Weymouth, Massachusetts native grew up a Bruins fan and has the chance to live out his dream, but as he told Jeremy Roenick of NBC Sports. And while this is a perfect scenario, Coyle is focused on the living in the moment and not thinking about what could be.
“Yeah, I can’t picture a better scenario I don’t think, Coyle told Roenick after the Game 6 victory. “But you know all that is nice and hopefully you can enjoy it after the fact. We just got to play the right way, we got to stay focused, and we’ve done that all year. We want to finish this thing off strong and in the right fashion.”
As the Bruins have done all season they are not satisfied until the job is complete. The Bruins have one more game to complete the task of winning another Stanley Cup. While it won’t be easy, but the Bruins, like they have done throughout the playoffs, and especially in this series, have been able to remain even-keeled and focused on the next game thanks to a strong veteran leadership group. The Bruins have not gotten too high or too low, they have remained in the moment, and have one more hill to climb against the Blues.
Puck drop for Game 7 between the Bruins and Blues is scheduled for Wednesday at 8 pm inside TD Garden.