It’s a hockey cliche to say everyone playing in Game 7 has played this game in their mind hundreds of times.
It’s also the truth, especially for those who grew up watching the Bruins and will now play on TD Garden ice for a chance to lift the Stanley Cup in Boston in the first-ever Game 7 in Boston in the history of the franchise.
“You always hope it’s for the team you’re playing for,” said Weymouth, Mass., native Charlie Coyle. “.... It’s what you play for. I’m just happy to be in this moment. I’m very fortunate. I’m just trying to stay even-keeled right now, and that’s what we’ve done all playoff long.”
Noel Acciari has already won a championship on Garden ice, playing with the 2015 champion Providence College Friars who defeated Boston University in the NCAA title game.
He also grew up in Johnston, R.I., as a Bruins fan, so doubling up his championship count in Boston is extra special.
He, like everyone else, grew up dreaming of playing in the Stanley Cup Final.
Matt Grzelcyk participated in practice again on Tuesday with a red non-contact jersey and was a part of the second power play group, but there was no update. He also practiced ahead of Games 5 and 6 and was unavailable, still in concussion protocol. Chris Wagner (right arm) practiced with the team for the first time in the Stanley Cup Final, but there’s no word on if he’d be available or on who would take his place.
He hasn’t played since blocking a shot at the end of Game 4 against the Hurricanes.