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Boston Bruins black-and-blue hockey not enough in Stanley Cup final (+video)

The Boston Bruins hit everything in sight in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, but the Chicago Blackhawks skated circles around them, winning 3-1.

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Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) trips over Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) who blocked his shot in the first period during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup final Saturday in Chicago.

Bruce Bennett/AP

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For nearly six weeks, the Toronto Maple Leafs were just a memory.

How had that band of young upstarts, in the playoffs for the first time since 2004, come within 52 seconds of eliminating the Big Bad Boston Bruins? For weeks after, those frantic moments when the Bruins scrambled back to win Game 7 after being down 4-1 with 11 minutes left seemed merely a first-round hiccup.

The Bruins, after all, had found their stride since. They had roughed up the New York Rangers and then, with delicious impudence, sent the prima donnas of Pittsburgh packing in four games.

 

Even in the first four games of the Stanley Cup final, the Bruins seemed on even keel, playing the Chicago Blackhawks into overtime in three of them and managing to take two of the four.  

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