Year of parades ends in Boston with Bruins' Stanley Cup loss

Published 6:57 p.m. ET June 13, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — There won’t be a third championship parade through the Back Bay, and it seems so long ago that people in the city were dreaming of a Boston Slam.

After back-to-back wins by the Red Sox and the Patriots, the never-satisfied fans in this town coveted a chance to sweep the major sports prizes. But the Celtics didn’t cooperate and, on Wednesday night, the Bruins fell one game short of winning the city’s 13th title since 2002.

“It’s a heartbreaker,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said after St. Louis won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final 4-1. “It’s tough to describe. You know, they just took our dream, our lifetime dream from us, and everything we’ve worked for our entire lives. And it’s 60 minutes away from that. You can’t describe it.”

Ryan O’Reilly scored for the fourth straight game in the Stanley Cup Final — tying Wayne Gretzky’s record — and Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots for St. Louis, which won its first NHL championship. The Blues, who joined the league in 1967, had not been in the final since losing on Bobby Orr’s flying-through-the-air winner in 1970.

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