The Bruins pulled Rask for one final push. They hoped they could pull off another Toronto miracle. It didn’t happen.
As the Blackhawks flung their gloves, helmets, and sticks into the air, the Bruins stood dazed on the ice.
The Bruins and Blackhawks went through their handshake line. There were just as many hugs as handshakes.
While Chicago’s celebration continued, the Bruins gave their fans one final stick salute. Then they retreated to the dressing room for the last time this season.
“You’re going to remember forever,” defenseman Johnny Boychuk said. “You remember winning it. But I think you remember losing it a little bit more.”