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Stanley Cup Final postcard: Dunkin' Donuts

Haven for coffee, tea and sweets has been daily stop for NHL.com staff in Boston

by Bill Price @BillPriceNHL / NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues concludes with Game 7 at TD Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). NHL.com writers covering the series are providing a daily Stanley Cup Final postcard from whatever city they're in. Today, NHL.com Editor-in-Chief Bill Price checks in from Dunkin' Donuts, a Zdeno Chara slap shot from the arena.

America certainly runs on Dunkin'.

So does a good part of the NHL.com writing staff. 

Though TD Garden has become our second home in Boston during the Stanley Cup Final, the Dunkin' Donuts across the street from the Boston Bruins arena has become our third home. 

On game days and practice days, the store on Canal Street has been a stop for a good number of us before heading to the rink. Senior writer Dan Rosen is the ringleader of the group. When we get off the bus about a block from the arena each morning, he makes a virtual beeline for the store to get his iced tea and breakfast.  

He's such a Dunkin' fan, he has an app on his phone that lets him pay without even pulling out his wallet. He tells me he's a regular at the Dunkin' Donuts by his house in New Jersey. I imagine him getting a greeting in there like Norm got when he walked into "Cheers." 

I have taken to the green iced tea (unsweetened) to give me a little lift. I also like seeing how the cold drinks in the store are dispensed, through what Dunkin' calls Premium Pours. It's a tap system that resembles what you would see in a bar in Boston, not that I would know what the inside of any bar in Boston looks like. 

The scene outside the Dunkin' on game nights is a bit crazy because Canal Street is closed down for a fan fest. So navigating the crowd on the street is a bit hairy, but as long as I follow Dan -- who won't let anything or anyone get between him and the closest Dunkin' -- I'm good. 

If, for some reason, it's too crazy today with a Game 7 at TD Garden, there are two Dunkin' Donuts inside North Station, which is under TD Garden. Actually, there is pretty much a Dunkin' Donuts anywhere you look in Boston, with a total of 126 stores in the city and surrounding neighborhoods. 

With today being Game 7, this will be our last trip there and I'm sure they will be sad to see us go. The feeling will be mutual.

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