Fenway celebrates Bruins' Cup victory

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Fenway celebrates Bruins' Cup victory

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON - Foghorns and beats from Black and Yellow filled Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon as the Red Sox paid tribute to the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.

The Bruins packed into four duck boats as they drove around the warning track prior to the game, surrounded by a sea of cheering fans. Captain Zdeno Chara proudly hoisted the Stanley Cup while Tim Thomas lifted the Conn Smythe Trophy. All of the players donned Red Sox hats, including Sean Thornton, who also wore a Red Sox jersey. (Thornton, a Red Sox fan, had worn the teams hat during Stanley Cup Final interviews but had to switch to Bruins gear.)

After circling the track, the Bruins unloaded from the duck boats and approached the mound to Wiz Khalifas hit song. Chara and Thomas placed the trophies down and the entire team spread out in preparation to throw out the ceremonial first pitches. The Red Sox emerged from the dugout and lined up behind home plate, some easily catching the tosses with others diving to scoop up the throws.

The two teams walked toward each other for congratulatory embraces before retreating back to the dugout, where Chara once again showcased the trophy as he headed down the steps.

To keep the celebration going throughout the game, the foghorn and Bruins' goal-celebration music was played every time the Red Sox scored a run. Fans heard it quite a bit, as the Sox scored 12 in their victory over the Bruins.

"I think the fans loved it," said David Ortiz after the game. "Those guys busted their tail to win the Cup and it was well-deserved."

"That was pretty cool," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "Got goosebumps a little bit. Hopefully we can do that at the end of the year."

"Phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal," said Tim Wakefield. "Watching the duck boats come in brought back a lot of memories of us winning the World Series in '04 and '07. I'm very happy for those guys and I got to meet a lot of them today in the clubhouse and had my picture taken with the Cup and all that good stuff, so it was a lot of fun."

But there was one superstition he wouldn't broach.

"No, I wasn't touching it," he said of the Cup. "It's not my trophy, it's theirs.

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Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

BOSTON – The Bruins didn’t show anything on the ice in Monday afternoon’s 4-0 matinee loss, and that’s not really any kind of an overstatement.

The scoring chances were almost nonexistent despite 32 shots on net, the second period was dreadful as the Bruins gave up three goals over the course of a six minute span and there was zero added urgency in the third period once the B’s fell behind. The emotion was missing from the drop of the puck to open the game and it never showed up once the Islanders began taking control of the game.

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It was a bitterly disappointing result after the Black and Gold had played so well in their previous five games, and put in strong, winning efforts against the Panthers, Blues and Flyers.

On Monday afternoon, the passes were sloppy and errant all over the ice, there was zero physicality and the Bruins buckled once the Isles turned the intensity up just a little bit in the second period. The game was basically over once Nikolay Kulemin snapped one home wide open from the slot area with Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and David Krejci all blowing their defensive assignments, and then Tuukka Rask followed it up by allowing a softie to Josh Bailey from a bad angle close to net.  

So Bruins head coach Claude Julien termed it a “flat” performance once it was all over with, and openly wondered whether it was fatigue-related result linked to the compacted schedule Boston has played through this season. Monday marked the seventh straight day that the Bruins held some kind of formal skate, though most of the veteran B's players stayed off the ice during last week's Wednesday off-day practice in Nashville.   

“We were flat tonight, obviously, flat from the get-go. I think that first half of the game, we didn’t give much until they scored that first goal. We were able to stay in, but we certainly weren’t generating much ourselves, from that point of view,” said Claude Julien. “His is really the first year, for me as well, going through a condensed schedule, and I’m certainly not using that as an excuse, is it fatigue?. . . But we were flat tonight. How do you explain it? I don’t know. I know that it’s frustrating. I know that it’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“Whether it’s mental fatigue, whatever it is. We made some mistakes tonight like, from the goals you look at, we weren’t even in the position that we’re normally in. So we were totally out of whack, as far as even defending. When you give that first goal that much room in the middle of the ice, your D’s go on the wrong side, your weak-side forward is way on the other side, and you open up the slot area, that’s something I haven’t seen much of this year. I think it said a lot from our game tonight.”

The compacted schedule certainly could be a factor for a Bruins team that’s played more games than anybody else in the Eastern Conference to this point, but the B’s also had 48 hours to recharge after winning a Saturday matinee over the Flyers. So the fatigue excuse seems a little far-fetched for a hockey club that’s no-showed a few too many times this season, and did it again on Monday afternoon against one of the worst teams in the NHL.