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by Paul on 05/07/19 at 07:49 AM ET
from Tara Sullivan of the Boston Globe,
Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara was the first one to turn and head toward his own goal late Monday night, certain as he was the final seconds were ticking away in this final second-round playoff game against the Blue Jackets and no longer held any suspense for the outcome, eager as he was to thank the man most responsible for clinching Boston’s ticket to the Eastern Conference Final.
Chara skated straight into Tuukka Rask’s crease and straight into a hug with his veteran teammate, and within moments, the two Bruins were encircled by the rest of the roster, all of them waiting for their turn at Rask, the man who had just owned that space so completely and so dominantly that the hometown Blue Jackets never had a chance at extending this series to a seventh game. If we’ve seen the best of the Bruins across these past three games, three straight victories topped by Monday’s 3-0 shutout to pave the way to the franchise’s first conference final appearance since 2013, we’ve seen it because we’ve seen the best of a goaltender who has found ways to top himself night after night, this time with a 39-save shutout.
So on the Bruins go now, ahead to a Hurricanes team idling since its sweep of the Islanders, into the penultimate step to a Stanley Cup journey that has felt at times almost inevitable, when the first-round carnage left Boston as the top remaining seed in the conference, at times almost impossible, down three different times to Toronto in the first round, down 2-1 again in this series against a streaking Columbus team anchored by its own outstanding goaltender.
from Crhis Johnston of Sportsnet,
Something is bothering Brad Marchand.
Either that, or the opportunity to return to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2013 left the Boston Bruins winger speechless.
Marchand has not been in a talkative mood since cameras caught him punching Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Scott Harrington in the back of the head late in Game 3 of the second-round series.
After Boston eliminated Columbus with a 3-0 win on Monday night, Marchand was short with Sportsnet reporter Kyle Bukauskus during an on-ice interview and did his best Marshawn Lynch impression during a 19-question scrum with reporters afterwards.
Below, watch part of Marchand's act below.
added 9:16am, Watch Marchand in the dressing room post-game.
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