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Stanley Cup Final postcard: Boston Public Garden

Mrs. Mallard, ducklings clad in Bruins jerseys prior to Game 2 against Blues

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues began in Boston with Game 1 on Monday. Game 2 is in Boston on Wednesday before the series shifts to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Monday, June 3. NHL.com writers covering the series will provide a daily Stanley Cup Final postcard from whatever city they're in. Today, columnist Nicholas J. Cotsonika checks in from Boston Public Garden.

Boston has its ducks in a row when celebrating the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Nine ducks, to be exact. Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack are wearing their Bruins jerseys in quack and gold -- er, black and gold.

A little more than a mile from TD Garden, the home of the Bruins, is Boston Public Garden, a park across Charles Street from Boston Common in the heart of the city. A main attraction is a sculpture made by Nancy Schon based on the characters from the children's book "Make Way for Ducklings" written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey.

The book, published in 1941, is about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard finding a home for their ducklings in Boston. It ends with four policemen stopping traffic to make way for the ducklings as they enter the Garden, where they live happily ever after. The sculpture was placed in the Garden in 1987. The ducks are known to dress up for holidays and when local teams are in the playoffs.

Before the Bruins played the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, schoolchildren climbed on the ducks, as parents took pictures and real ducks waddled past. The kids rolled off the ducks' backs like water. Mrs. Mallard, No. 1, and Jack, No. 2, wore Bruins toques. Kack wore No. 3, Mack No. 5, Ouack No. 7, Pack No. 8 and Quack No. 9. No word on why Lack and Nack were out of uniform. Didn't want to ask questions and ruffle any feathers. It's the playoffs.

Not sure how Anaheim feels about all this, but make way for the Bruins.

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