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Toronto newspaper thanks Chicago Blackhawks for beating Boston Bruins

Maple-Leafs-BruinsThe Boston Bruins did not have many people outside the New England area rooting for them in the Stanley Cup Finals, because people love to see Boston teams lose. The recent success of the Bruins, Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics has made people resent fans in the Boston area for what they believe are overly cocky attitudes. The city of Toronto had a difference reason for rooting for the Bruins to lose.

If you can remember back to mid-May, you may recall the Maple Leafs leading the Bruins 4-1 halfway through the third period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Toronto somehow went on to lose that game, and the city has not gotten over it.

I never understood stuff like this. Wouldn’t you want to be able to say you lost to the best? Not only that, but Toronto is just calling further attention to the embarrassing meltdown the Maple Leafs put their fans through in their first playoff appearance since 2004.

If this was a Montreal paper, you could understand. The Bruins and Canadiens have one of the greatest rivalries in sports. The Maple Leafs are simply trying to form an identity roughly 50 years after they used to own the NHL. This doesn’t really help.

Chicago Blackhawks score two goals in 17 seconds to win Stanley Cup (Video)

The Boston Bruins set a record earlier in the postseason by scoring four unanswered goals to come back and beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference series. The Bruins scored two goals in 31 seconds that night to help the comeback, which left the Leafs and their fans devastated.

Now the Bruins and their fans know what the Leafs were feeling.

The Chicago Blackhawks scored two stunning goals in 17 seconds to come back and beat the Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 to win the Stanley Cup. The first goal was scored by Bryan Bickell with 1:16 left in the game. Dave Bolland then scored the winner off a rebound from a puck that bounced off the post with 59 seconds left.

To give you an idea of how quickly things changed, all you need to know is that both teams pulled their goalies at the end.

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Phil Esposito on Stanley Cup Final: ‘It doesn’t mean s*** to me’

Phil-EspositoPhil Esposito is one of the greatest players in NHL history, and he played for both the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. For that reason, one might assume he would be torn when it comes to choosing a team to root for in this year’s Stanley Cup Final. As it turns out, that could not be further from the truth.

During a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Esposito emphatically stated that he feels no connection to the Bruins or Blackhawks.

“You want to know the truth?” he said. “This series doesn’t mean s*** to me. I have no feeling for these teams. There’s nothing emotional about it. They both got rid of me, traded me. So screw them.”

Esposito was considered the greatest scorer of his generation, becoming the first ever player to score over 100 points in a season when he recorded a whopping 126 in 1969. He led the NHL in scoring for six straight seasons from 1969-1975, and he and Bobby Orr were the anchors of a Bruins team that won Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and 1972.

Esposito came to Boston from Chicago in 1967, before his career really took off. During the 1975-76 season, he was traded from the Bruins to the New York Rangers when he supposedly made a fuss about having his playing time reduced because of his age.

“I didn’t choose to leave Chicago,” Esposito said. “I didn’t choose to leave Boston. I signed a contract in Boston for less money than I could have gotten from going to the WHA. I could have made millions doing that. And you know how they repaid me? Three weeks later, they traded me (to the New York Rangers).”

The fifth-leading scorer in NHL history went on to coach and become general manager of the Rangers after he retired in 1981. In 1987, the Bruins held an emotional ceremony where they retired Esposito’s No. 7 jersey and had Ray Bourque remove the number from his back to reveal his new No. 77. Esposito was moved by the ceremony and later attended a ceremony in Boston when the Bruins retired Bourque’s number, but apparently he has had no association with the team since then. Talk about a crying shame.

H/T Deadspin

Pennsylvania bakery changes Boston cream pie to ‘Penguins’ cream pie

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Alright, that one doesn’t even make sense. The long period of downtime the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins have had to wait before their Eastern Conference Finals series begins has led to a lot of boredom. Saturday night can’t get here quick enough.

Earlier this week, we showed you a bar that has vowed to stop serving a certain type of beer once the Bruins-Penguins series begins. Now, we have the Oakmont Bakery in Oakmont, Penn. changing the name of its Boston cream pie to Penguins cream pie. Come on now. If they really wanted to man up they’d stop serving it altogether.

Time to drop the puck already. And I know there’s something that sounds horribly wrong about Penguins cream pie, but keep the dirty jokes to yourselves. There are kids watching — maybe.

Pittsburgh bar to stop Sam Adams beer sales during Penguins-Bruins series

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As Pittsburgh and Boston fans anxiously await the start of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Penguins and Bruins, local restaurants and bars have been given plenty of time to get all their marketing ducks in a row. For Pens fans who enjoy grabbing a beer at Howlers Coyote Cafe in Pittsburgh, that means dropping by for a Sam Adams while you still can.

Howlers Coyote announced on its Facebook page Wednesday that it will no longer be serving Sam Adams, which is a brewing company based in Boston, once the Eastern Conference Finals begin.

“Two days left to order any Sam Adams,” a sign inside the bar currently reads. ” We will not be serving any Boston beers during the Eastern Conference Finals!”

Clever marketing tool? They got me to write about it, so I suppose I’ll give them that. However, it should be noted that a bar in New York did the exact same thing before the Super Bowl between the Giants and Patriots a couple of years ago. This is not a novel concept.

H/T Puck Daddy

Bruins fans sing National Anthem before first game since Boston Marathon bombing (Video)

As expected, the pregame ceremony at TD Garden before the Boston Bruins took on the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night was incredibly emotional. One of the highlights of the ceremony was when Bruins National Anthem singer Rene Rancourt, who is as much a legend in Boston as Bobby Orr, got things started with the National Anthem before letting the packed house of 18,000 fans take over.

A video montage shown on the arena videoboard before the puck dropped paid tribute to those who lost their lives or were affected by the tragic events that took place at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

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Boston Bruins game postponed

The Boston Bruins’ home game against the Ottawa Senators has been postponed in light of the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday.

The NHL said in a statement:

The game will be rescheduled. The date and time will be announced at a later date.

The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon.

ESPN’s Joe McDonald says Boston Bruins players were told not to speak with the media.

Cancelling the game was the only option during such a troubling time. Boston PD was advising residents to stay at home.

Google has created a person finder for anyone looking to get in touch with someone involved in the Boston Marathon. This link at the marathon’s website has an athlete tracker.

To locate family members, this is the number: 617-635-4500. Tips on the matter should be called into 800-494-tips.