Tonight was a watershed moment, and people sense that.
Chara is done in terms of his former presence. Instead of dominating, he rode shotgun on a 50/50 goal in Game 6 and scored one on his own keeper tonight, after several terrible plays in his own end. He's injured? Welcome to hockey. At his age, an injury is a semi-permanent demotion.
Rask is no Tim Thomas. Or Lundquist. Or Price. Or ...
Tuuka Rask is an above-average goaltender. Putting a lot of faith in regular-season stats means that you think Sydney Crosby is a winner. Rask has given up too many goals when he needed to step up.
David Krejci! I remember when you played for the Bruins! Oh ... you still do?!? Oh. Um, sorry. Excuse me.
Brad. Brad, remember when you were the "Little Ball of Hate" and no one knew when you stepped on the ice if you'd cheap shot someone, score, or take a penalty? Yeah, man! I remember that, too! Unfortunately, it's all a memory. Cuz you don't score any more, and no one puts up with your crap any more. You look like you might do well in Ottawa, though. Good luck to you.
Mr. Bartkowski! Way to step up when those ahead of you go down. Well done. Except for the part where you don't move your feet, when the opponent's feet are indeed moving. Moving toward the puck. And taking it from you. Matt, thank you for your contributions.
Patrice Bergeron, winner of ... the Casper the Ghost award for least significant contribution from an ostensible star. Patrice, where were you? I saw a few small plays done right, a lot of bad shots, and overall just a sense that you are not the player you once were. Hope I'm wrong.
Milan, baby. You the heart of the Broonz! You never back down, and the skillz, oh my! You showed that Subban with the muscle flex, baby! Except the part where, from that point forward, you had no real impact and he kept moving the game forward, on the stat sheet or off. You, Milan, kept grinding (or making it look that way), missed some open nets, and essentially got completely out-thought by a bunch of sissies.
Should I keep going?
This team had the physical capabilities to win a Cup. But psychologically, they were very lacking. You can blame the coach (and he has a lot to answer for), but ultimately the players were the ones tonight who pulled up before finishing hits; who were indecisive when leadership was needed; who let the opposition bring it right to them.
This was not a tough loss in the sense that we didn't get the bounces. The Bruins were psychologically weaker than their opponent, and that's pretty ugly considering what sissies the opponents were/are.