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Who knew? At first, no one but the Bruins

Toast of the town: Kostas Klokelis, from Framingham, Mass., toasts from a window overlooking the duck boats carrying the Boston Bruins and their families as they roll through downtown during a rally in celebration of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff victory Saturday, June 18. AP PhotoToast of the town: Kostas Klokelis, from Framingham, Mass., toasts from a window overlooking the duck boats carrying the Boston Bruins and their families as they roll through downtown during a rally in celebration of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff victory Saturday, June 18. AP PhotoIn the end what made it so grand and unforgettable was the simple fact that it all came barreling out of nowhere like a spectacular thunderstorm late on a hot summer day. It was totally unheralded. No one expected it. No one predicted it. And even as it was happening, no one believed it would lead to where it led. Great sporting moments are always best when they take you completely by surprise.

What made this adventure notably delicious was that it stretched over two full months – 9 weeks/63 days – building slowly, relentlessly, impossibly, and allowing us time to catch the rhythm of the thing and fall in step.

Like Ravel’s Bolero, it began with low and guttural notes that were almost morose, gradually climbing, note after note and beat after beat, steadily rising in tone with an ever more pounding intensity and surging every couple of days until at last a certain inevitability held sway and we realized we were headed for the brink and it became only a question of how hard we might land when the music came crashing to a close.  Read more

Coach Julien gets credit for this over-achieving Bruins team

Here are three things to ponder while waiting for the Stanley Cup playoffs to awaken from sabbatical and the Celtics to prove they are not a one-man team.

1. The Draft.

There’s no accounting for taste, especially where it concerns sporting appetites. Hence there’s no explaining the odd obsession with this annual dragooning of college football fodder into the gristmills of the National Football League. Although it could be argued this proves that as a nation we may have too much time on our hands.  Read more

Get ready, bandwagoners: Playoff hockey returns to Hub soon

The signs and omens lately have been discouraging, conjuring grisly images of other sags and swoons scattered over the past generation. But be not of faint heart, Bruins legions.

Despite all their stumbling about since Groundhog Day your kids remained - incredibly or otherwise - the NHL team with the best record with only 15 games left in the regular season. Whether that also means they are the best team is of course quite another matter. It could turn out to be merely fresh affirmation of the relative irrelevance of the NHL's regular season.  Read more