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Bruins toast their success

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
June 20, 2011

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At this rate, the Stanley Cup celebration may last right into next season. The world-beating Bruins have been on a nonstop binge since winning the franchise’s first Cup in nearly 40 years, and the boys show no sign of slowing down. “I’ll sleep later,’’ said Shawn Thornton, the team’s de facto social secretary. Friday, the guys brought Lord Stanley’s king-size stein to Gypsy Bar, and the crowd went wild each time players lifted hockey’s holy grail over their heads. (No, in case you’re wondering, hearing Queen’s “We Are the Champions’’ does not get old.) Following Saturday’s duck boat extravaganza, the B’s boarded a bus and headed to Foxwoods for a no-holds-barred evening of bowling, bubbly, and boogying. (Their wives and girlfriends didn’t join them, dining together at the new Back Bay restaurant Red Lantern instead.) The Bruins began the night at High Rollers, the upscale bowling alley owned by Big Night Entertainment’s Ed and Joe Kane and Randy Greenstein. As passersby pressed their noses against the glass to get a glimpse of the gleaming Cup — it was sitting on a leather couch next to Milan Lucic — the players swilled beer and bowled. Judging from the action we witnessed, Michael Ryder, one of the best golfers on the team, is also the B’s most formidable bowler. From there, it was off to Shrine, where a section of the club was cordoned off for captain Zdeno Chara’s crew. The Z-man, wearing jeans and an Ed Hardy T-shirt, can actually dance, but no one kicked it like Brad Marchand, who spent much of the night on top of the bar, shirtless and spritzing the crowd with champagne. He was occasionally joined by teammates, some of whom seemed to be using these postseason parties to perfect their Dougie, the dance made famous by Lil’ Wil. (Even the team’s oldest player, 43-year-old Mark Recchi, jumped up on the bar and busted a move.) The highlight of all this hedonism, though, was a 30-liter bottle of Ace of Spades “Midas’’ champagne bought by the Kanes and Greenstein. Twice the size of the bottle bought by NBA owner Mark Cuban after the Mavericks won the NBA Finals, the crazy gold carafe cost more than $100,000. Before anyone could sample the sparkling wine, it had to be opened — and that proved difficult. Chara tried, but the 6-foot-9 defenseman couldn’t do it. Finally, after a few failed attempts, the cork was removed, and the champagne was poured into the Stanley Cup. (Cue “We Are the Champions.’’) Their thirst still not quenched, Chara, Thornton, and the rest of the Bruins then lifted the Cup to their mouths.