It’s not surprising that the Bruins locker room was quiet after a loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 7 knocked the Bruins out of the playoffs.
Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg, and Zdeno Chara — the defensive rocks of the team for most of the season — stood in and took questions for what must have seemed like an agonizingly long time. With only those three players available for most of the open locker room period, the players were left to answer questions for about 15 minutes each.
At one point, Boychuk took a break during one of his answers and let the moment settle in.
“We didn’t underestimate them at all,” Boychuk said of the Capitals, before trailing off and neglecting to finish his answer to a reporter’s question. Asked about whether the loss had sunk in, Boychuk said, “We’re used to going all the way. To be done now, it’s kind of hard.”
Patrice Bergeron, who missed a chance early in overtime that could have given the Bruins the win, still had his skates on as he answered questions first in French, then in English. Bergeron had a chance in front of the net in OT, but he couldn’t quite get his stick on the puck.
“It kind of exploded,” said Bergeron. “Just rolled on my stick and the puck was bouncing. I just tried to go quick because obviously there wasn’t a lot of time, and the puck wouldn’t settle.
Both Bergeron and Claude Julien refused to comment on the extent of Bergeron’s injury.