A Tale Of Two Columns
Dan Shaughnessy, June 18th, 2013:
Before this Stanley Cup Final is over, the Bruins will be our Boys of Summer — on skates. And at this hour they are a feel-good team on a par with the 1967 Red Sox, the 1970 Bruins, and the 2001-02 Patriots.Dan Shaughnessy, two days later:
There was a rainbow over Causeway Street when fans filed into the West End ice palace before Game 3 Monday night. By the end of the evening, Garden legions were thinking about the silver chalice that is the pot of gold in the National Hockey League.
On the latest date an NHL game has ever been played in Boston, the Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0, to take a 2-1 series lead in the Cup Final, which resumes Wednesday night at the Garden. If the Bruins win Game 4, they will have a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup on the ice of the United Center in Chicago Saturday night. Call JetBlue and American Airlines ASAP.
OK, that would be getting ahead of ourselves. But it’s easy to get swept away by the Black-and-Gold tide washing over New England in the spring/soon-to-be-summer of 2013. The Bruins are the team you love to love.
If you really want to know the truth, we were getting a little greedy about the whole thing.So, who was it getting ahead of ourselves, again?
It wasn’t a matter of if the Bruins would win the Stanley Cup. It was all about when. And where.
Would the Bruins win it in five in Chicago Saturday night? Or would they win it in six back at home on Causeway Street?
Six would be nice, we reasoned. The Bruins haven’t won the Stanley Cup on home ice since Mother’s Day 1970, when Bobby Orr flew through the air.
The parade route was another hot topic. Down Boylston Street seemed like a good idea. That would certainly be a triumphant moment after everything that’s happened this spring.
And who was the favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy — Tuukka Rask or Patrice Bergeron?
So many premature questions. So many premature thoughts.