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.
In his latest entry, Kuraly talks about Game 6, a 5-1 Bruins victory at Enterprise Center on Sunday. The win, led by Boston's core of Cup-winning veterans -- Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and goalie Tuukka Rask -- extends the series, which will be decided in Game 7 at Boston on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
I don't know if we played our best, but we played hard and we play inspired and all we thought about was the game tonight. We didn't think about one other thing. I give the Blues credit, they played hard too. It's not going to get any easier.
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Those veteran guys on our team that have been in so many big games, guys like Marchand, Bergeron, Rask and Chara, they are our engine. We live and die by them. They led us; that's our heartbeat right there, those guys. You let them lead and try to help in any way you can because you know those guys have put their all into this thing. When you have leaders that think about the team first, it's a lot easier. We're just trying to be good supplemental players and give ourselves the best chance to win by putting our heads down and work, work, work and hope it goes your way.
You know, I don't want to talk about this like it's a job done because it isn't. But it is a step in the right direction. We worked real hard all season to have home ice and to be in front of our fans and we can't wait to see them for Game 7. That's why you push all year. Home ice doesn't guarantee you anything, but there is a reason you get rewarded for being good all season.
Going to the penalty box for that delay of game penalty early in the first period tonight was hard. But it wasn't as hard as some of the penalties I've taken because I thought I was in a good spot and my head was in the game; the puck just flipped up on me a bit. Our guys got the kill and that is huge. You know they have your back. When you are sitting in there, it's a lonely feeling for sure.
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When a big game like this gets over, you are so tired. You want to get back to the hotel and get fluids in you because you lose so much fluid during the game. These buildings aren't chilly this time of year. It's summer and there are a lot of people in the buildings, so they are really warm. You're spent. I'll tell you what, when you get back and you hit the sack, it doesn't take long to fall asleep. You think about the game for a bit and you just kind of melt into the bed. If you didn't think or feel that way, you wouldn't be in this position because it takes everything, and it takes everyone, and we are going to have to do it one time.
Now we are onto Game 7. It's a dream for the guys on our team and it is a dream for the guys on their team. You have two groups of men that think it's theirs. They have put in a lot of work and a lot of hours to get to this point. If you think that the Stanley Cup is yours before that final whistle blows, it's probably not going to go your way.
I look at it as one game to impose our will and they are going to try to impose theirs. You can think it is all about your team and your destiny, but they are thinking the same thing. So we'll push as hard as we can and hope it falls our way on Wednesday.
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