The 2018-19 Boston Bruins ultimately fell short of their goal of winning the Stanley Cup, but that doesn't mean the playoff run as a whole wasn't exciting nor memorable.
This was one of the best Bruins teams of this generation. They were very talented, played an exciting style of hockey and provided many postseason memories fans won't soon forget.
Amid the heartbreak of Wednesday night's Game 7 defeat to the St. Louis Blues, several Bruins players tried to put into words what they'll take away from this season. Here's a roundup of player reactions to what made this Bruins team special, what they'll remember about this group or how proud they are of the team.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara: "I think it was the personalities we had, the leadership we had. I thought we came together. Not just this year, but the last few years as a team that really bought in as one, played for each other, played together. We battled together and we shared some ups and downs. We just came up a bit short."
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron: "Just how close we are as a team. You know, there was no quit all year and we battled, fought our way back against Toronto and Columbus also down 2-1 and kept going and kept pushing. You know, right now, whatever we say doesn’t matter because it is what it is. I’m proud of the guys, I’m proud of everyone – the way that we’ve competed, but then you don’t get the result and it’s hard to be standing here and answering questions."
Bruins forward Brad Marchand: "Love these guys. We had a hell of a year, and we came very close. I love every guy on this team. I’m very proud of everyone that worked their ass off all year to get to this point, and you know, we’re a hell of a group. We came together. We’re like a family, so it hurts, but yeah, love this group."
Bruins forward David Krejci: "I think that this group was so close, so tight. That was one of the best things I was part of. So, like I said, this one is going to hurt for a long time. But over 2013, this one hurts even more. It’ll be tough, but we’ll see what the future brings. But, that will be really hard, really tough summer, and like I said, losses like that it’s hard to get over. You just kind of have to learn how to live with it."
Bruins forward Charlie Coyle: "One win away from the Stanley Cup, seeing the way the guys play together and interact together and love each other, you really feel that, it’s easy to just come and be a part of that. It’s what it’s about, just the team aspect, it’s how we were all year. I felt very fortunate to come in and be with this group, go through a lot of ups and downs, ending on a down here but I think everyone’s proud of each other."
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