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Cotsonika discusses saints, Bruins and goalposts

This playoff season's made me question my belief in the "hockey gods" as arbiters of truth, justice and the "right team won" way, but Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika knows that at least one member of the Boston Bruins had a religious experience during the team's 2-1 overtime win over Chicago on Saturday night:

The puck pinged off the crossbar. The sound rang around the rink. You couldn’t hear what Jaromir Jagr howled, but you could see him look to the heavens, open his mouth wide and let it out long and loud.

“I said, ‘God. Where are you?’ ” Jagr said.

Was it going to happen again? Were the Boston Bruins going to strike iron but not gold like they did in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, coming so close to winning so many times in so many overtimes, only to lose?

Jagr keeps religious icons in his locker. He is a former NHL MVP, a former league scoring champion, a two-time Cup champion. But all his saints, all his skill, all his experience and all his accomplishments haven’t bought him a goal in these playoffs, and they didn’t help him 1:28 into OT on Saturday night. This is hockey.

But then, so is this. The Chicago Blackhawks threw the puck around the boards. It got away from Brandon Bollig, and the Bruins were there. Adam McQuaid kept it in the zone, Tyler Seguin sent it across and Daniel Paille snapped it at the net from the top of the left circle.

The puck pinged off the right post. The sound rang around the rink. But instead of going off the iron and out – like it had in the overtimes in Game 1, like it had in this overtime to Jagr – it went off the iron and in at 13:48. The Bruins won, 2-1, tying the series, 1-1.

Joy? Not exactly.

“Just relief that the game was over,” Paille said.

Cotsonika continues at length, and as usual, his article's worth your time.

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