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How Patrice Bergeron rallied Bruins with rousing Game 6 pregame speech

How Patrice Bergeron rallied Bruins with rousing Game 6 pregame speech

ST LOUIS – The big-game experience and Stanley Cup Final pedigree of the Boston Bruins was always considered an advantage in their matchup with the relatively inexperienced St. Louis Blues.

At times it has certainly worked in their favor, and at others it’s been difficult to distinguish as a difference-maker for the Black and Gold. But it felt like the wealth of experience on the Bruins' roster worked fully to Boston's advantage in Sunday night’s Game 6, as the B’s came away with a 5-1 win over the Blues at the Enterprise Center to force the franchise's first-ever home Stanley Cup Final Game 7 at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

Every Bruins player must have felt the importance of surviving Game 6 going into Sunday night’s matchup, but Patrice Bergeron hammered the point home with a rare pregame speech that got his teammates ready for battle.

“It made us all want to run through a wall,” said Jake DeBrusk.

Bergeron said his speech centered around the chance the Bruins players had to fulfill their childhood dreams, and that they needed to win Game 6 in order to realize it. It very clearly clicked with many of his younger teammates, who heeded the words of the Bruins' spiritual leader while participating in their first Cup Final.

"Patrice stepped up big time tonight. It’s within us, the gist of [what he said]. But it was exactly what we needed," said Charlie McAvoy. "It was an element of what the dream is. Growing up every one of us shares the same dream, and it was kind of bringing us all to where we were all little kids once and we all wanted this so badly. I think it was just an element of savoring this moment and not letting it end. It was exactly what we needed. He stepped up. I mean, when he talks everybody listens. That’s the presence that he has. It was when he needed to say it."

“He was everything that you want in a leader tonight. He is every night, but especially tonight. He rallied us in a way that was needed. He has a knack for saying the right thing at exactly the right time, and that’s a leadership ability. It’s something that you grow over time and he obviously has it.”

It stands to reason that the Bruins' experience and leadership will play a large role in the decisive Game 7 on Wednesday night, and that Bergeron will again be at the forefront of everything for a hockey club that’s just 60 minutes away from Stanley Cup immortality.

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NHL rumors: Bruins reportedly interested in Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon

NHL rumors: Bruins reportedly interested in Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon

As the Bruins look to bolster their blue line, they are interested in trading for San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Dillon is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and LeBrun notes that he's "going to be dealt" by the Sharks.

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Here's what LeBrun said about a possible Dillon-to-Boston deal:

He’s a No. 4 for some teams, a No. 5 for others. I can tell you half a dozen teams so far have shown interest – including, I’m told, the Boston Bruins. Obviously a rugged defensive-defenceman in Brenden Dillon would be a nice fit there in Boston.

Dillon, 29, has one goal and 11 assists playing on the Sharks' top defensive pairing alongside Brent Burns. He carries a $3,270,000 cap hit, but will become a UFA after the season.

The Bruins have struggled to find their physical game throughout the season. Our Bruins insider Joe Haggerty notes that Dillon would add exactly what Boston needs -- "physicality and snarl" to the blue line.

San Jose, sixth in the Pacific Division with 48 points, has a plus-38 advantage in shot attempts, a plus-15 in shots on goal and a plus-16 in scoring chances in 5-on-5 play when Dillon is on the ice, according to Haggerty. At that rate, Dillon could be worth pursuing if he came at the right price for Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.

Haggerty says that if Dillon can be had for strictly draft picks, then he's worth snagging. LeBrun noted that Dillon could be had for a second-round pick and possibly a prospect, likely an ideal price range for Sweeney.

While Boston could add defense, they'll also need to address their second-line right-wing situation. Adding Dillon and a legit winger for David Krejci's line could be a tall order for Sweeney ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline. 

 

What career would Bruins have chosen if they weren't hockey players?

What career would Bruins have chosen if they weren't hockey players?

If members of the Boston Bruins didn't make it as professional hockey players, then what would they have done instead?

Well, the players themselves gave some insight into that alternate realm, and Zdeno Chara's back-up career path, in particular, is awesome.

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Defenseman John Moore could see Chara as a politician because of "how cerebral and professional he is," according to The Athletic's Joe McDonald. On the other hand, the captain does have his real estate license, so Brandon Carlo believes he would be a real estate agent.

It's pretty hard to believe that no one pictured Chara as a basketball player. The nearly seven-foot tall big man could've been just what the Boston Celtics needed -- we're kidding of course.

Brad Marchand and Kevan Miller's alternate reality couldn't be any more opposite than Chara's. Both Danton Heinen and Sean Kuraly noted that the pair would either have a hunting show or become hunters in general.

And as for Tuukka Rask? Well, Joakim Nordstrom believes the B's netminder would become a musician of some sort. After all, he did receive an awesome Metallica drum set in honor of his 500th NHL game.

Although they could've done any number of things, we're pretty glad they decided to sport black and gold sweaters.