CHICAGO — Chicago Blackhawks fans woke up with their team the NHL champions, but for devotees of the Boston Bruins, it's just another sad Tuesday in Beantown.
“Brutal. Devastating,” Curtis Parenteau, 35, a Bruins fan from Manchester, N.H., told the Boston Globe.
With just two minutes left in the game and the Bruins holding a 2-1 lead, Parenteau, a season ticket holder, thought the battle was heading back to Chicago for a seventh game.
“We were on our feet,” Parenteau said. “We were ready to move this on to Chicago. [There were] a couple of breakdowns, that’s all there is to it.”
Megan McBournie, 28, of Somerville, Mass., added, “We had it under wraps. All we had to do was just survive the last two minutes. ... It’s actually pretty painful.”
Tracking reactions of celebrity fans of Boston on Twitter, the Boston Herald quoted Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko: "WHAT?!?! That's NOT how it's supposed to work!!!" ESPN's Bill Simmons called the Bruins' loss a "stomach punch."
The Herald ran a smallish headline on the top of its front page, calling the loss a "heartbreaking" game but adding "thanks for the ride, B's!" The Boston Globe gave the defeat bigger play, leading their front page with the headline "No Cup for the Bruins: Visitors' sudden burst ends a magical two-month run."
Wrote Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy: "Two goals in 17.7 seconds. That's all it took to go from ecstacy to agony."
The website of Boston sports radio station WEEI, playing on the Bruins' team colors, described the outcome as a case of "Black and Fold."
Stephen Meyers of Jaffrey, N.H., told the Herald that he had gained a new appreciation for Hawks fans after attending a game in Chicago.
"I got treated well. They don't hate the Bruins. They hate the Red Wings," Meyers said.
But, this being Boston, some fans had a harder view of their team's failure. Bruins' defenseman Zdeno Chara got some hate.
Wrote one poster: "After being on the ice for 9 of the last 10 Blackhawks goals, Chara has been named their MVP for the series."