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“We’ve done it to somebody else, so we got to feel how it feels being on the other side,” Rask said. “This season we were known to lose a couple of leads, even in the regular season we were up by goals and we lost the games. I guess that sums it up pretty good.”

Defenseman Andrew Ference dismissed any comparison between the two series.

“That was round one,” he said. “This is the finals.”

The Bruins took the lead on Milan Lucic’s goal with 7:49 left. They even killed off a high-sticking penalty called against Chris Kelly with 5:39 to go. But nine seconds after Crawford was replaced for an extra skater, leaving Chicago’s net empty, Bickell tied the game.

“We knew they were going to pinch (in toward the net), and you lose a puck battle here or there, and they made great plays,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “The tying goal is a great play. They’ve got their best players out there on the ice and then they made a great pass.”

On Bolland’s winning goal, he said, “our guys were close to him, but, you know, he just out-muscled them on that.”

The loss was especially painful because the Bruins wanted to provide good news for a city where the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath resulted in the deaths of four people.

“We really felt that we wanted to play as hard as we could for a numbers of reasons, for the city,” captain Zdeno Chara said. “We were very proud of the fans the way they stood behind us.”

But the game ended with Blackhawks players hoisting the Stanley Cup over their heads and their fans cheering in the Bruins‘ building.

“We made it a great run,” Rask said. “Too bad we just couldn’t finish it off.”