Boston, MA– No city has ever had a year like Boston is having, in terms of sports. Already dubbed as "Title Town" for both the 2000s and the 2010s, Boston continues to pad the resume by the fact that they now have three teams who will have played for the championship in a single year.
The Boston Red Sox won the World Series, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, and now the Boston Bruins will have a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2011. It will also be their first time playing in the finals since 2013. The only Boston team not competing at the same level this year is the Boston Celtics, who had an underwhelming season come to a close in the second round of the post-season. But no matter! Three teams in three championship matches is unheard of! And it is, of course, Boston who achieves it.
The Bruins came into game four of the conference finals with an astounding three games to none lead. Wanting to put the opponent to bed as quickly as possible, the Bruins played with a mighty intensity throughout the regulation. This is true of every player, but none more so than goalie Tuukka Rask, who saved every one of the 24 shots that came his way.
As for Boston's offense, it was silent in the first period before coming alive on back to back power play goals in the second. David Pastrnak scored the first goal of the game, thanks to assists from Brad Marchand and Torey Krug. Patrice Bergeron followed up with a goal off of an assist from Pastrnak. Boston put things out of reach in the third period when Pastrnak again assisted Bergeron for a goal. The dagger came when Bergeron and David Krejci assisted Marchand for the game's final goal. The Bruins were victorious on the road as they officially punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals with the win!
With the commanding sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins have asserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with after sound defeats of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets. Their chance to lift another banner into the TD Garden will come soon enough as Boston now awaits the winner of the series between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks. Until that time, congratulations are due to the Bruins, the 2018-19 NHL Eastern Conference Champions!