June 11, 2011
Bruins not going down without a fight
By Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency
The Stanley Cup will be in the house on Monday.
Will Milt Schmidt and Nathan Horton be there as well?
It¹s all part of the intrigue of Game 6 at the TD Garden, a do-or-die situation in which the Boston Bruins find themselves with their backs against the wall after losing 1-0 on Friday.
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Shawn Thornton said they were "outworked." Tuukka Rask said they "sucked." Aside from the stellar work of goalie Tim Thomas, the Bruins are pretty much giving themselves a failing grade.
And now, down 3-2 in this best-of-seven series, the Bruins are facing the nauseating reality of watching the Vancouver Canucks prance around their home rink with hockey's ultimate prize.
When the puck is dropped for Game 6 at the TD Garden on Monday night, the Cup indeed will be there, tucked away in its carrying case.
And that's exactly where the Bruins hope it will stay.
"I think we want to be the ones to lift the Cup," forward Brad Marchand said. "We want to fight as hard as we possibly can to make sure that happens."
Having showcased former Bruin greats Cam Neely and Bobby Orr in Games 3 and 4, there is speculation that the Game 6 festivities will feature Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt, 93, the lone surviving member of Boston's famous "Kraut Line." If not Schmidt, it would make sense to showcase Johnny Bucyk, the last Bruins captain to hoist the Cup (1972).
As for Horton, coach Claude Julien plans on talking to his injured forward on Sunday.
"We're giving him his space because he needs it," Julien said. "But certainly he's not forgotten."
Horton surprised his teammates by greeting them in the dressing room after their 4-0 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday.