B's played for a city, not just themselves

BOSTON -- The Bruins hosted the city’s first sporting event after the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, giving a region that’s still healing a rallying point that carried into the summer.

There is disappointment in the air after Game 6, no doubt, as the Bruins’ 2-1 lead evaporated in a matter of 17 seconds late in the third period in one of the wilder Stanley Cup finals finishes in recent years. But that doesn’t damper the sense of community the Bruins helped foster over the last couple of months.

“You know, at the end of the day, I think that's what hurts the most is in the back of our minds, although we needed to focus on our team and doing what was going to be the best thing for our team to win a Stanley Cup, in the back of our minds we wanted to do it for those kind of reasons,” coach Claude Julien said after the team lost Game 6 in stunning fashion. “The City of Boston, what Newtown has been through, that kind of stuff. It hit close to home, and the best way we felt we could try and cheer the area was to win a Stanley Cup.

“I think that's what's hard right now for the players. We had more reasons than just ourselves to win a Cup.”

* Said captain Zdeno Chara: “We really felt that we wanted to play as hard as we could obviously for a number of reasons, and playing for the city was one of them. Obviously we tried to have a better result, it didn’t happen. But I think that we are very proud of our fans, the way they stood behind us and cheered us on.”

* Said goaltender Tuukka Rask: “We know people watch us, people like us, people cheer for us, so we want to be worth it. We made it a good run, but it’s just disappointing because we couldn’t get the Cup home and show it to the fans. We definitely left it all out there.”