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Stanley Cup Final blog: Sean Kuraly

Bruins forward discusses challenge of winning Game 6 against Blues in St. Louis to extend series

by Sean Kuraly / Special to

Boston Bruins forward Sean Kuraly will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.

Kuraly, 26, was traded by the San Jose Sharks to the Bruins on June 30, 2015, as part of the deal that sent goalie Martin Jones to San Jose. Kuraly had 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 71 regular-season games. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he has nine points (four goals, five assists) in 18 games.

In his latest entry, Kuraly talks about the challenges that lie ahead for the Bruins, who will see their season end with one more loss. Game 6 is at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).


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We realize that we have one game in front of us, and it almost seems like a lesser task than before; it's only one game that you have to win, and then you have to do it again. You have to win Game 6, that's it. You don't think about one other thing. There's nothing beyond that game. If we don't play our best, the season is over. We're just focused on this game and believe in the group. You see where it takes you; you play your best hockey and you put your best foot forward. If you do, you like your chances and you hope it goes your way when you give your absolute best.

That's what we are expecting from our group -- our best. There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves, no time to hang our heads about some of the outside stuff we've heard about since Game 5. You pick your head up, you move forward and you realize that if you don't you only hurt yourself and your team.

What has happened in the past doesn't matter much when you are in a series. I've said it before: Each series is different. There are stats for everything. Sometimes they are stacked against you and you find a way to win; sometimes they are stacked for you and you still lose. Everything is always different; you try to draw what you can from the past, but everything is new and different. This series has been different. You can try to say it is this and it is that, you can try to compare it to this or that, but then it will go sideways.

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It's really one game for us now. We don't care about how we played to get here, how we played in the regular season. We don't care about who has scored, who hasn't scored, who has played well, who hasn't played well. We want to play one game. That's what this group is focused on, this one game. We are looking at this as an opportunity and as a challenge. We believe in each other and will give it our all.

Having won elimination games before helps you realize you can do it, that it can be done. You should know that anyway because it has been done in the past by others. We have done it. But we're not thinking about two games; we're focused on winning one game and we've won one game a lot of times this year. It's not about coming back from 3-2 down in the series, it's not about digging yourself out of a hole. It's one game, that is what it is about.

When you do something like winning after being down 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, you see what your team is made of when your backs are against the wall. We came through that game, and that's what we are planning to do again. We know that we will stick together. We know that our season could have been over in Game 6 in Toronto and would have ended a month and a half ago. We know that we have been there and done it. We believe in each other. Every series is different, but we are going to keep working, working as hard as we can and approach it just like we did that game in Toronto and put our best foot forward.

We want to play our brand of hockey in Game 6. We want to play hard defensive hockey, and if the Blues want to score they'll have to earn it. Nothing will be given to them. If it takes to the last whistle, it takes to the last whistle.

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