The Days of Y'Orr staff pretty much took yesterday off to let everything sink in. Really, it still hasn't. We've spent so much time trying to find the words for what this means to us as fans (and when we say "we" or "us" in this post we don't just mean the DOY staff... we mean all of us....Bruins fans).
We keep watching the highlights over and over and over. It is never going to get old. Never. We all saw our dear Bruins hoist the Cup.
The Stanley Cup Win puts everything in perspective. Some of us have been waiting 40 years. Some 30 years. Some 20 years. Some still not quite old enough to fully understand what this historic win meant to the players, to this city, to us.
We've all lived and died with this team for years. When the Patriots won Superbowls, when the Red Sox won World Series, when the Celtics won an NBA championship...for us puck heads, something was still missing. There was a 35 pound, Cup shaped hole in our souls that no other championship could fill. And quite frankly, most of the DOY staff doesn't care about baseball or basketball. We wanted a Cup by any means necessary.
Boston's lessons really began in 2008. The lessons, the hard earned lessons they needed to know, started then. That classic series against the Canadiens that made the building vibrate but that ended in a sound defeat in Game Seven against the hated Habs. This journey all began at that moment. Various Bruins GM's had begun to assemble what would end up being the 2011 Stanley Cup champions but the hard, emotional lessons needed to win a Cup began with that series.
The Bruins were simply a team that needed to fall as far as possible in order to learn how to rise again. It wasn't easy. They were taken to school more times than we cared to remember before Wednesday night. But they were studying and learning and preparing.
In 2009 the Bruins fell to the Hurricanes in overtime of Game Seven in the second round. In 2010 they fell to the Flyers in Game Seven after holding a 3-0 lead in the series. Our years of waiting for a Cup made us extra bitter about those defeats. What we didn't know at the time is that it was all necessary, all part of the process.
And that brings us to this season.
After the jump..... our Bruins are Stanley Cup champions.....
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