The Boston Bruins hoped that when they left the Toronto bubble, they would be heading to Edmonton for the Eastern Conference Final. On Monday night, however, the Bruins were knocked out of the bubble by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Victor Hedman scored the winner in double overtime, propelling the Lightning to a five game victory over the Bruins.
Questions were thrown around about just how much the veteran Bruins wanted to be in the bubble. They answered those questions on Monday. The Boston Bruins did not want to leave.
“We’re disappointed,” head coach Bruce Cassidy said. “We thought we were the better team tonight and we wanted to play on. We put ourselves in a hole, obviously, but felt we played well enough to win tonight, get it to Game 6 and then see what happens from there. They’re a good team, too. They know how to win, they’ve done it a lot in overtime this season, and they made one more play than we did.”
Coming into the bubble required sacrifice. For veterans like Brad Marchand and David Krejci, the sacrifice was worth it.
“You can always look at what ifs, but the fact of the matter is we were fortunate enough to be able to play,” Marchand said. “I think we have to be grateful for the opportunity to be here, regardless of how difficult it was and the sacrifice we had to make.”
Krejci sang a similiar tune in the postgame press conference.
“With the pandemic going on, you never know what’s going to happen,” Krejci said. “So, it’s just kind of – I just got a little sad right now. At the same time, I don’t regret coming into this bubble and fighting for the Stanley Cup. If I would have to do it again, I would.”