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Bruins Cup Dreams Fall Just Short

Boston drops Game 7 as St. Louis captures title

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - It felt like a team of destiny.

From the opening days of camp on the Great Wall of China, to a thrilling New Year's Day victory at the Winter Classic, to an electrifying run to the Stanley Cup Final, this edition of the Boston Bruins was a special one.

The journey, however, did not end the way anyone in Black & Gold expected.

In the first-ever Stanley Cup Final Game 7 in Boston, the Bruins fell to the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, concluding one of the best seasons in franchise history on a sour note.

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Need to Know: Game 7 | Bruins vs. Blues

Grzelcyk a game-time decision, could make his return for Cup Final finale

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - As they get set for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, the Bruins could be getting a boost on the back end.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said during his morning press conference that Matt Grzelcyk has been cleared to play and will be a game-time decision. Cassidy added that it "looks like he'll go in" and would replace Connor Clifton on Boston's third pairing.

"We've kind of discussed that internally about all three, sort of, options with John Moore in that mix, but that's how it's shaping up," said Cassidy. "I guess we'll see at puck drop how Matt is. He's going to go out and skate this morning just to make sure."

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Bergeron's Pregame Speech Set the Tone

Veteran leader's words spur on Bruins as they force decisive seventh game with 5-1 victory over Blues

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

ST. LOUIS - Charlie McAvoy stood at his locker following the Bruins' victory on Sunday night and described, quite candidly, how he was feeling heading into a do-or-die Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues.

"Just the thought of it being over tonight was terrifying," said the third-year blue liner.

With their season on the brink as they faced a 3-2 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final, it was natural that nerves, tension, and anxiety were aplenty before the game.

Enter Patrice Bergeron.

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Need to Know: Game 6 | Bruins at Blues

Kuhlman back in the lineup as Boston looks to force a seventh game in Stanley Cup Final

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

ST. LOUIS - Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is making a tweak to his forward group for Sunday night's Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues as Karson Kuhlman is set to make his Stanley Cup Final debut.

"Obviously it's been a dream since you were a little kid to play in the Cup Finals and [I'm] just gonna do everything that I can to help this team win," said Kuhlman.

The 23-year-old has not played since April 30 - Game 3 of the second round against Columbus - but Cassidy believes Kuhlman can provide some needed speed and energy to the Bruins lineup with their season on the brink.

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Bruins Lose Game 5, Fall into 3-2 Series Hole

Boston's season on the brink as Cup Final heads back to St. Louis

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Despite receiving an early boost from the return of Zdeno Chara and the energy of the TD Garden crowd, the Bruins dropped Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, 2-1, to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Boston now trails the best-of-seven series, 3-2, with things shifting back to St. Louis for Game 6 on Sunday night. It is the same position the Bruins faced in the first round against Toronto.

"We've done it before, for sure," said Torey Krug. "There's a lot of different ways we've won series, won hockey games, and it's just another test for this group. We haven't done anything easy this year. We've put ourselves against the wall a lot this season, so it'll be another test. I think we will be ready to go."

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Chara, Grzelcyk Game-Time Decisions for Game 5

Both blue liners took part in morning skate, could make returns for pivotal Stanley Cup Final showdown against Blues

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Three days ago, Zdeno Chara was left bloodied as he lay on the ice at Enterprise Center. As he retreated to the dressing room after taking a puck to the face, nobody knew when he might return.

While he did make his way back to the bench for the third period, Boston's captain did not take another shift. But now, just three days later, Chara could be back in the lineup.

The 42-year-old - as well as fellow defenseman Matt Grzelcyk - took part in Thursday morning's pregame skate at TD Garden and is considered a game-time decision for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues.

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Chara Injured as Bruins Drop Game 4 of Cup Final

Defenseman took puck to face during 4-2 loss that evened series at two games apiece

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

ST. LOUIS - The Bruins dropped Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, but it may not be their biggest loss of the evening.

Zdeno Chara left the game early in the second period after taking a puck to the face and did not play another shift. Chara was left bloodied after a Brayden Schenn wrister deflected off of the blue liner's stick and into the right side of his face just over three minutes into the middle frame.

Chara was down on the ice for several seconds as he grabbed his face and was attended to by Bruins trainer Don DelNegro, before retreating to the dressing room holding a towel to his chin.

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Need to Know: Game 4 | Bruins at Blues

Boston can open up 3-1 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

ST. LOUIS - On its face, a 7-2 victory in the Stanley Cup Final seems quite lopsided.

But while the Bruins certainly controlled the vast majority of play and dominated on the man advantage during their Game 3 win, the Black & Gold feel there is plenty of room for improvement.

"I don't think we were great the other night. I don't think it was a 7-2 game, personally," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, whose team can open up a 3-1 series lead over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

"I thought we executed well when we had to finish plays. But that's not always gonna happen. We've got to be prepared to be in a close game again."

"You always want to be better, added Charlie Coyle. "You can always be better."

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Krug's Historic Night Lifts Bruins to Series Lead

Blue liner becomes first in franchise history with four points in Stanley Cup Final game

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

ST. LOUIS - Torey Krug wasn't quite ready to contemplate his place in Bruins history on Saturday night. Give him a couple of weeks, he said, and he'll be able to provide a better answer.

For the time being, Krug's focus is not on individual accolades, but instead on helping Boston take home its seventh Stanley Cup.

The blue liner helped bring his team one step closer to that ultimate prize in Game 3 with a historic four-point (goal, three assists) performance in the Bruins' convincing 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center to grab a 2-1 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

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Need to Know: Game 3 | Bruins at Blues

Moore re-enters the lineup as Boston aims for 2-1 series lead in Stanley Cup Final

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

ST. LOUIS - With Matt Grzelcyk sidelined by injury, John Moore will make his return to the lineup on Saturday night as the Stanley Cup Final shifts to St. Louis for Game 3. Moore, who has played five games this postseason, will slide in alongside Connor Clifton on Boston's third pairing.

"As a team, we've had the next man up mentality all year," said Moore, who last played in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against Carolina. "It's not John Moore against the St. Louis Blues. The strength of our team is how together and how tight-knit this group has been. So really, I'm just focused on coming in and doing my job and helping the team win."

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