The two greatest words in sports, ‘Game 7.’ The Boston Bruins are set to host the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and a few Bruins players were quick to express how surreal the experience really is.
“That’s every kid’s dream who plays pond hockey or backyard hockey—you imagine it’s Game 7. For me, it was always just me and my buddy playing outside, it’s something you dream of as a kid,” said Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.
Rask emphasized how growing up, kids create these scenarios in their head that paint a clear picture of what it would be like to play on the biggest stage in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo shared stories of where all those dreams and imaginary moments got started.
“For me it was out in the street playing street hockey, the neighbors got us into that when I was five years old. I had a blast out there, I was out there every single day,” said Carlo. “It’s so much fun to be a part of it now and actually put one in the net in the Stanley Cup Final.”
Even the pros spent years emulating those kind of moments by creating imaginary scenarios. For these guys to be able to finally be in that moment is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to their craft.
Brad Marchand added, “We don’t play the game for any other reason than that we love it, we just want to win that trophy.”
“Coldrey Avenue off the west end of Ottawa was where I played it growing up with my brother and lots of buddies… and if I didn’t score in Game 7, we lost, then we played it again,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.
Even Cassidy grew up pretending to be one of the greats and having a chance to score the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. He admitted he was just like every other kid by pretending to be Bobby Orr but in his eyes, coaching in this one is the next best thing.
Marchand, on the journey from being a kid playing on the pond with some buddies to living out the dream, said, “You just have so much more appreciation for what we’ve been through and all the growth we’ve taken to get here.”
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