Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stanley Cup Final: It's Just a Game but Maybe Hockey Can Heal in Boston

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stanley Cup Final: It's Just a Game but Maybe Hockey Can Heal in Boston

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It's just a game but maybe hockey can heal

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BOSTON - It's just a game, but maybe this Stanley Cup final can heal as well as entertain.

The Boston Bruins know nothing can take away the pain of the Boston Marathon bombings that ravaged their city. Still they know that stringing together wins in the NHL post-season is bringing a smile to their sports-crazy home town.

"I think we help it in probably a large way," Boston coach Claude Julien said Tuesday when asked whether the Bruins' playoff run can in some small way help heal the city. "Everybody's looking right now for something to cheer about, to smile about.

"I guess it doesn't fix the things or the people that's been lost. That'll never be fixed. At the same time you've got to try and heal. As much as the city itself has been touched by that, so have we as a team. I've known that for a long time, that's all we talked about in the dressing room. It really hit us hard.

"Right now we got to focus on doing our job and trying to stay focused on that so that in the end you hope that you can make that happen. But right now it's got to be about us before we can even think about that. And if we think about ourselves and the job we need to do, hopefully the rest takes care of itself."

The April 15 bombings killed three people and injured more than 260.

Two Bruins games were rescheduled in the aftermath of the attack. Julien's team ended up finishing the season by playing seven games in 11 days. They won just two of them, wobbling into the playoffs mentally and physically exhausted.

After surviving a first-round charge by the Maple Leafs, the Bruins really have been Boston Strong. Monday night's win over Chicago was the Bruins' seventh straight at home. The Bruins are 8-2 this post-season at TD Garden, outscoring their opponents 28-17.

And Boston carries a 2-1 lead into Game 4 of the best-of-seven series with the Blackhawks on Wednesday night. …

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