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Bruins feel at home on road against Blues in Stanley Cup Final

Championship photos of Orr, Chara, Rask adorn locker room in St. Louis, motivate visitors

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- The Boston Bruins wanted to be sure they remember exactly what they are playing for in the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues.

So, they brought some reminders with them to St. Louis and hung them on the walls of the visiting locker room at Enterprise Arena.

They are framed photos of the Bruins celebrating their most recent Stanley Cup championships. Boston is two wins away from winning the Cup for the seventh time, leading the Blues 2-1 in the best-of-7 Final heading into Game 4 at St. Louis on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

 

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"We're here to win a Stanley Cup and I don't want to hide from it," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "I don't think the players do, either. This is what's at stake, why we're blocking shots, missing games. This is why you're taking a hit to make a play. This is what it's all about. This is, I'd say, the start of your legacy, and this helps build your legacy."

Some of the photos are familiar to the five current Bruins who have their names on the Cup from when Boston won it in 2011: captain Zdeno Chara, forwards Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand and goalie Tuukka Rask. 

One photo is of Chara raising the Stanley Cup above his head after the Bruins' clinching 4-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Final at Rogers Arena. Others from the 2011 celebration in Vancouver feature Krejci, Bergeron and Rask. 

The photo of Rask captures him drinking from the Cup with much of the champagne spilling on him.

"I've got the same one in my man cave," Rask said. "The trainers want to make us feel at home. I'm thinking that's why they put them up. But, yeah, great memories for sure."  

There are also two photos of legendary Bruins defenseman Bobby Orr. In one, Orr is wearing a 1970 Stanley Cup champions t-shirt and drinking from a champagne bottle after his overtime goal completed Boston's four-game sweep of St. Louis in the Final. 

The other is a poster titled "Triumph" with Orr drinking from the Cup after the Bruins defeated the New York Rangers in the 1972 Final.

"Every day it's a reminder of what we're playing for," Bergeron said. "Obviously, just to get to this point it's been a long journey and the challenge is even more so in front of us. It's still a big challenge. It's to just remember every day what we're playing for and how much it means to make it happen."

For those Bruins who haven't won the Cup before, the photos are a carrot, demonstrating what's ahead for them if they can get two more wins.

"You can see those guys having memories like that for life," forward David Pastrnak said. "It's definitely something you want to be part of. It's what you work for your whole life. A picture like this is what you remember the most."

Photos courtesy of Brian Babineau/Boston Bruins

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