Ever since the Boston Bruins went on a playoff run to claim the Stanley Cup championship in 2011, the team has presented a unifying item to their top performer to wear and showcase during the post game interviews.
Here in 2013, the Bruins are taking the podium in similar fashion, but with a more unified approach — they are wearing army rangers jackets.
This year’s jacket comes courtesy of Andrew Ference, who visited the Rangers’ training school in Georgia. Their motto is simply — “rangers lead the way” and it has become the team’s inspiration during this year’s playoff run.
On Wednesday night, the Bruins won a double overtime thriller off the stick of Patrice Bergeron, extending their Eastern Conference Finals’ lead to three games to none over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The top seed in the Eastern Conference has looked befuddled through the first three games of this series and now Boston has found themselves one win away from their first Stanley Cup since 2011.
This playoff run has of course come on the heels of a city that has been inspired, following the tragic twin bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon back in April.
Take a look below at some past examples, including Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask:
Zee in the Player of the Game jacket tonight, played 38:02 in the OT win…^CS twitter.com/NHLBruins/stat…
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 17, 2013
Tuukka Player of the Game tonight. “coming home we wanted to play a real solid game & finish things off” ^CS twitter.com/NHLBruins/stat…
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 26, 2013
The Bruins will look to complete the four game sweep of the Penguins on Friday night in Boston.
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