The Bruins’ quest for the Stanley Cup ended last night in the most painful of ways. With the B’s up 2-1 and on the verge of forcing a Game 7, the Blackhawks scored the tying goal with 1:16 left and then notched the winner just 17 seconds later on a Dave Bolland goal. The Blackhawks left the Garden with a 3-2 win in Game 6 and as a very worthy Stanley Cup champion by capturing the last three games of the series. For the B’s, who helped lift the region’s spirits after two still-fresh tragedies, it felt like a sucker punch to the jaw. “It’s a bad feeling. Awful feeling. You can’t really describe it,” said Johnny Boychuk, who was on the ice for the winner. “One of the worst feelings you can get when you’re up by a goal with (1:16) left and somehow you lose the game. It’s like a total shock.” Milan Lucic gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead with 7:49 left in the third period. Lucic stole the puck from goalie Corey Crawford behind the net and it went to David Krejci. Lucic went out front and Krejci eventually sent a pass out. With the puck bouncing, Lucic missed it at first then beat Crawford on his second try. But Bryan Bickell tied the game with Crawford pulled, and then Bolland applied the crusher before the crowd could digest that the lead was gone. Johnny Oduya’s shot was tipped out high by Michael Frolik and it went off the post to Tuukka Rask’s right. Bolland was able to slip in front of Boychuk and popped it home. “It just bounced perfect for him,” said Andrew Ference, in front of the net on the winner. “Just a cruel way to end it.” This series essentially consisted of six nail-biters. Four were one-goal games (three of which went to overtime) and each team won a two-goal game (with Chicago scoring a late empty-netter in Game 5 to get a cushion). That’s why when the B’s dominated the first period and came away with just a 1-0 lead, you had a feeling there would be some regrets. The B’s won the shots-on-goal battle, 12-6, in the first but in total shots the margin was even more lopsided (32-8).
'Hawks stun, Bruins done
Boston Herald | Jun 25