BostonBruins.com - Throughout the Stanley Cup Final, Bruins' defenseman Adam McQuaid shared his journey through a player blog on NHL.com.
From the roller coaster of the season, to his time growing up in PEI, to his father's influence, to the experience of having rookie Dougie Hamilton living with him this year, McQuaid let fans into many aspects of his life, both on and off the ice.
Following the Bruins' heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, McQuaid's final blog entry talks about the difficulty of taking in the defeat that saw Chicago hoist the Cup on their home ice, after scoring two quick strikes within 17-seconds in the final 1:16 of regulation to secure the victory.
He also addresses the inspiration that Patrice Bergeron provided the team, battling through his injuries, with his team on the brink of elimination.
Here is the excerpt from Adam's blog:
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.
Having Patrice play tonight was inspirational for us. He was pretty banged up. We know how important he is to our team. It was important to have him in the room and then for him to play the way he did, the minutes that he did. When a guy is going through all that and battling and there were other guys that were playing through things as well -- and there were probably guys on their team banged up as well; it happens. But when you see guys pushing and battling through with injuries and stuff, it is a morale booster for your team. You want to go out and compete for those guys.
For me, this is the closest team I have ever played on. We've said a lot of times that we are pretty fortunate that the organization put the faith in the group and kept the group together. We've just built really strong friendships and everybody just seems to click; in that sense, we are a super-close team and we've been through a lot together.
This is the most disappointing loss of my life by far. It's tough; you battle to get to this point and there has to be a winner and a loser. But it is tough when you get this close and don't come out on the side you want to come out on. It's definitely by far the hardest loss that I have ever had to endure, probably the hardest loss that most of the guys on the team have had to endure. It's just really tough.
Author: Adam McQuaid | Special to NHL.com
To view Adam's previous entries with NHL.com throughout the Final, click here.