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 has been gracious enough to agree to keep a player blog that will appear on NHL.com throughout the Stanley Cup Final.
In his latest installment, McQuaid talks about how his team has grown in the past three years, the impact that Mark Recchi had on him and the 2011 championship team and the fine art of "turning the page" in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
When we went to the Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, everything was new for me then. It was my first experience. You looked at some of the guys who had been through it before -- a guy like Mark Recchi, who had won a couple of Cups. I just noticed he had a pretty calm demeanor and approach to things. The kind of approach where win or lose, you move on and the next game is a new game and a fresh start. Going that far for most of the guys on that team was a new experience. To have someone who had been through it before, I think, was helpful to everyone.