BOSTON (AP) — From Eddie Shore to Bobby Orr to Raymond Bourque, the Boston Bruins have played a certain way — and been pretty successful at it.
The bruising and often belligerent style was best embodied by the "Big Bad Bruins" of the 1960s and '70s. And it helped establish the way Boston teams are still expected to play.
After the 6-5 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night, Boston coach Claude Julien said it just wasn't a "Bruins type of game." Trading scoring chances has never been the way Julien likes to play.
But don't get him wrong: He doesn't mind scoring five goals, he'd just rather lock down the defense so his team doesn't give up six.
Bruins forward Chris Kelly said the scoring shows Boston "can skate with anybody."
The best-of-seven series is 2-2, with Game 5 is Saturday night in Chicago.