VANCOUVER — Ever since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay, the Bruins have had photos of the post-Stanley Cup celebrations from 1970 and 1972 hanging in their dressing room home and away.
The photos, which helped inspire Boston to victory in that game against the Lightning, were the idea of veterans Shawn Thornton and Shane Hnidy. And head equipment manager Keith Robinson and his colleagues have made sure to pack them up and hang them up when the Bruins are on the road.
Tonight they could provide one more source of motivation for the Bruins to end a 39-year drought with a victory in Game 7 against the Canucks at Rogers Arena.
“I think it just gets us closer to our dream and for me, I see how happy and excited they are after a season and realizing they reached their goal. So I think it’s a huge motivating factor for all of us,” said forward Daniel Paille today, some seven hours before puck drop of the biggest game of his life.
Defenseman Adam McQuaid admitted he’s often looked at the photos and imagined what it would be like to be in one.
“It’s a reminder, I guess. It’s nice to see what has happened in the past and to see it’s still engrained in Bruins history and you’d like to be a part of something like that. So …” said McQuaid.
“Yeah, you do [imagine you’re in one of them]. But I think we’ve done a good job of not looking too far past the games that we’re playing. I think it’ll be no different tonight.
“Hopefully at the end of the day, we’ll have our own pictures.”
That’s what the Bruins organization and fans across the continent are wishing for.