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Excitement of Boston fans in 2011 a fond memory for Bruins’ McQuaid

Jun 16, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

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It isn’t that long ago, a little over two years, since the Boston Bruins last played a home game in the Stanley Cup Final.

In 2011, the Bruins beat up the Vancouver Canucks on three different occasions at TD Garden, on their way to a Stanley Cup championship.

It was in Boston where that series changed. The Canucks took the first two games on their home ice and looked to be destined for the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup.

But Bruins came back in dominating fashion to win four of the next five games, including those three games in Boston.

And that buzz around the city and inside the rink isn’t at all forgotten, as the Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks get set for Game 3 of the 2013 final round series on Monday.

The series is currently tied 1-1, and the next two games in Boston could once again prove the swing point, as it did in 2011.

Fond memories of the past for Bruins’ defenseman Adam McQuaid.

“I think the excitement in the rink. It’s been a long time since that same finals,” he told reporters on Sunday.

“Everyone was excited, and I know we were excited to be back home. It was a tough situation being down two games. We knew the importance of coming back strong at home. We’re looking forward to that experience again, of playing at home.”


  1. pastabelly - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    The Bruins were great at home in the 2011 Finals, but Luongo’s ineptitude was a big part of that.

  2. LampyB - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Still holding onto Luongo? Wow, desperation at its best. I almost feel sorry for you.

  3. pastabelly - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    You’re nuts. This article is about 2011 and Luongo’s performance in Boston is legendary. He was pulled from 2 of 3 games and the franchise has lost ten straight playoff games. Unfortunately, this is Crawford and Chicago with no meltdown in sight.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      What does that even mean “this is Crawford and Chicago with no meltdown in sight?”. Vancouver WON the first two games so I am sure there was no meltdown in sight then either. The thesis of this article, if my 5th grade english teacher taught me anything, is that coming back to Boston in the finals two years ago was a turning point in the series and the home ice had a lot to do with it. With the Bruins TIED now, it wouldn’t be a huge to leap to assume they can win one or both of the next games.

      The buzz in the city right now is insane – hotels are flying Bruins banners, there are poster in every window, people wearing jerseys to work everyday. I think the Bruins come out flying tonight and I wouldn’t be shocked to see the incredible Crawford behind by a couple goals early.

      • pastabelly - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Crawford has shown not propensity to have meltdowns like Luongo had. That wasn’t Luongo’s first. Crawford has been remarkable in the playoffs that he has been able to shut the door after giving up a soft goal. If you think the Bruins are going to put up an 8-spot on Crawford like they did on Luongo, you are mistaken. I’m not suggesting the Bruins can’t score four goals on Crawford or win a 2-goal game. They just aren’t going to get an 8-spot.

  4. 8man - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    The Hawks are the better team. The Bruins have more guys on the roster who’ve won the Cup. It’s an interesting dynamic and why this finals has the potential to be memorable…and possibly legendary.

    Whoever wins will certainly be able to claim they’ve earned it. I’ve completely forgotten, until this post, that there was lockout.

    Go Bs!

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