Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is already a veteran of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including winning a Stanley Cup title with the Bruins in 2011 and approaching 50 postseason games for his career before his 27th birthday.
This postseason, McQuaid, 26, has been a staple of Boston's third defensive pairing, providing a shut-down presence for Claude Julien. In the Eastern Conference Final, McQuaid scored the series-winning goal in a stunning four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
McQuaid was gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that has appeared on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.
In his final installment, McQuaid talks about the heartbreaking 3-2 loss the Boston Bruins suffered in Game 6 at TD Garden on Monday, a loss that eliminated Boston from the Stanley Cup Final. He also discussed the inspirational performance of injured center Patrice Bergeron and the difficulty of absorbing a loss that came when Chicago scored two goals in a 17-second span during the final 80 seconds of regulation time.
It's hard to put into words what just happened. I'm not sure. That can happen. We've been on the other end of it. You know you have to play right to the whistle. We're shocked just how quickly things turned. Coming down to the last minute with the lead, you hope that you can keep it, try to do everything you can to do that; but they pushed hard and found a way to tie it. They didn't sit back and kept pushing forward and found a way to get another one.