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Bruins emphasize mutual respect as Blackhawks rematch approaches

Jan 18, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT

Chris Kelly #23 and Brad Marchand #63 and Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins looks shake hands with the Chicago Blackhawks after being defeated in Game Six of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
(June 23, 2013 - Source: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Boston Bruins would be lying if they denied that the 2013 Stanley Cup Final still stings, yet they also insist that there’s a lot of mutual respect between themselves and the Chicago Blackhawks. The two teams will face off for the first time this season on NBC Sunday, so those memories are bubbling back up.

… Which means those famous 17 seconds in which the Blackhawks locked up the series-clinching Game 6 will be hard to forget.

“I’ve replayed it in my mind 100 times since that moment,” Milan Lucic admitted to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus.

Even so, both Lucic and head coach Claude Julien spoke about the general lack of animosity for two teams that were in a well-played, high-profile playoff series. Patrick Kane relayed a similar story to Lazerus.

“A lot of them are respectful and come up and just say hi to you,” Kane said.

Despite those warm and fuzzy feelings, the Bruins probably want to win badly, even if it won’t erase the memory of that championship round defeat.

“It hurts still,” Patrice Bergeron said. “It hurts just to see that 2013 on the wall right there.”

  1. terrier92 - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Tough loss however no shame in losing to Hawks Classy team should be good game

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Both teams have been struggling a bit recently, with home ice, Hawks should be modest favorites.

  3. shaundre93 - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    The only thing I didn’t like about that series was that it didn’t go 7. Best hockey I’ve ever seen. Two contrasting styles both executed nearly to perfection. Hoping for a repeat with a different result ;)

  4. nhstateline - Jan 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    The Blackhawks are a class outfit. They played the game hard and well. No finger biting, no cheap shots, no whining, no complaining that the Bruins goalie wasn’t saying enough nice things. Just good hard hockey. They won, the Bruins lost. Someone had to lose. Unfortunately it was our team of whom we were and remain very proud for what they did last spring at a difficult time in the life of Boston. The Blackhawks are a class outfit. So are their fans based on the ones we met last spring during the series. They were the anti-Canucks in many ways. This should be a good game and it’s a measuring stick but Monday should be a good game and it’s a measuring stick as well. Last year’s over and done with. It stunk from our perspective that the Bruins lost but it was hard to hate the team that made the plays to win. Very hard.

  5. c9castine - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    whats with all the wiener stroking

    • thesportsjudge - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Jealous there isn’t any fawning over Pittsburgh in this article?

    • nhstateline - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Chicago’s a hard team to hate. Vancouver was an easy team to hate. Same thing we the fans. Was it fun walking out of the Garden after Game 6 ? Nope. But it was hard to say the Bruins hadn’t given it everything they had and Chicago had just been a hair better and a little more fortunate when it mattered. That kind of series breeds respect. That’s why there are a lot of nice things being said from Boston.

      • nhstateline - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        One more. When Chicago comes here in March, it’ll be close to a normal reception for a visiting team. When Vancouver shows up here next month, they’re going to get the crap booed out of them and we’ll be after Luongo from the get go even if he doesn’t play (it happened the last time. He was on the bench, not playing, and still he was being heckled). Hard to hate the Hawks. The Nucks were from pro wrestling heel central casting. Easy to hate that.

  6. c9castine - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    your the one who brought them up. this article has nothing to do with them leave the pens out of it for once.

    jeez.

  7. benrob99 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Yes!!! Absolutely! That’s exactly what Boston hockey is all about! Class and respect!!!

    Get out of here with that garbage. Thugs.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      bendoverrobsmom…now that’s class…she hikes her skirt up just like you do

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