But that is exactly what did happen.
“It’s tough to put into words how this feels right now,” said Bergeron. “You work so hard to get a chance at the Cup. And you are right there and — it hurts. Give credit to Chicago, but that’s the last thing in the world you want to say.”
In the end, the Blackhawks not only won the Cup, but got to celebrate it at the TD Garden.
And all the Bruins could do was wonder how it happened.
“Just stunning,” said Dennis Seidenberg. “This one is going to hurt for a while.”