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Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk reflects on Stanley Cup run with heartfelt Instagram post

Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk reflects on Stanley Cup run with heartfelt Instagram post

The pain of coming up short in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final likely will stick with the 2019 Bruins forever.

The B's admitted as much immediately following their crushing defeat vs. the Blues. But as demoralizing of a loss it was, this is a team that looks to learn from it and come back even stronger next season.

Take it from defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who reflected on the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in an Instagram post on Tuesday. The 25-year-old Charlestown native assured fans that the team will continue to "face adversity head-on."

Read his message below:

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Every time I laced up my skates or rollerbladed over to go play street hockey in Charlestown, I envisioned these very moments. Game 7, Stanley Cup Finals, for the hometown team... We came up one game short, and it hurts probably as bad as you could imagine (and then some). However, I truly believe that accomplishing anything meaningful in life requires you to overcome the obstacles presented your way. This team always faces adversity head on, and we will continue to do so. Focused. Relentless. Together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to EVERYONE (family, friends, fans) who have supported through the good times & the bad. Your words of encouragement push us more than you know. It certainly does not go unnoticed, especially from a kid who grew up a mile away. It’s been an unforgettable year, memories that will last a lifetime. Looking forward to many more!

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Every time I laced up my skates or rollerbladed over to go play street hockey in Charlestown, I envisioned these very moments. Game 7, Stanley Cup Finals, for the hometown team... We came up one game short, and it hurts probably as bad as you could imagine (and then some). However, I truly believe that accomplishing anything meaningful in life requires you to overcome the obstacles presented your way. This team always faces adversity head on, and we will continue to do so. Focused. Relentless. Together.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to EVERYONE (family, friends, fans) who have supported through the good times & the bad. Your words of encouragement push us more than you know. It certainly does not go unnoticed, especially from a kid who grew up a mile away. It’s been an unforgettable year, memories that will last a lifetime. Looking forward to many more!

Grzelcyk was forced to miss most of the Stanley Cup Final after suffering an injury in Game 2, so it had to hurt even worse being physically unable to help his team. Even so, it's clear he's maintaining a remarkably positive attitude through the difficult circumstances.

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Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk a game-time decision for Game 7 vs. Blues

Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk a game-time decision for Game 7 vs. Blues

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk could make his return to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final when the B's host the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 at TD Garden.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said Wednesday morning that Grzelcyk has been medically cleared to play and will be a "game-time decision" for the series finale.

The young defenseman hasn't played since Game 2 of the series. He was knocked out of that game on a dangerous hit from behind by Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in the first period. Sundqvist was suspended one game as a result of the play.

Grzelcyk was among the handful of B's to take part in Wednesday's optional morning skate.

Connor Clifton likely would be the defenseman to come out of the lineup if Grzelcyk draws back in. Karson Kuhlman is expected to remain on the second line in place of veteran forward David Backes.

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Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk in no-contact sweater, not looking promising for Game 7

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Bruins' Matt Grzelcyk in no-contact sweater, not looking promising for Game 7

BOSTON – It looks like Matt Grzelcyk is going to run out of time when it comes to returning to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Bruins puck-moving D-man was on the ice at TD Garden for Tuesday’s off-day practice, but he was once again wearing a no-contact jersey as he has for most of the last couple of weeks aside from the morning of Game 5. Grzelcyk has been out since early in the B's Game 2 loss to the Blues when he was boarded from behind by Blues fourth liner Oskar Sundqvist, and appeared to have something of a setback when he was trying to rush into possibly returning in Game 5. 

Bruce Cassidy also mentioned that he would be reluctant to change up his defense pairings anyway, given how well the B’s moved the puck during the Game 6 win in St. Louis on Sunday night.

“[Grzelcyk] has missed some games now, don't want to mess with the back end,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Obviously up front, [Karson] Kuhlman did a good job, so he'll probably stay in. I don't have any injury reports on any of the other forwards. That's good news. Something could happen obviously.”

It looks like a longshot that Grzelcyk will play in Game 7 on Wednesday night, and perhaps Chris Wagner would have a better chance of playing based on him wearing a regular practice jersey at the Tuesday practice session.

Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings based for Game 7 based on Tuesday’s practice with the lineup expected to look the same as Sunday night:

 

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman

Johansson-Coyle-Heinen

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Acciari

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Moore-Clifton


Rask

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