They were 76 seconds away from forcing a deciding seventh game, only to watch it fall it apart right in front of them.
After the game, Patrick Sharp carried his daughter in his arms while flashbulbs went off around him. Andrew Shaw bled down his swollen cheek while lifting the 35-pound trophy.
David Krejci spoke to Sean Leahy of Yahoo! Sports after the Game 6 loss:
"It felt like we had it, you know?," Krejci said. "It feels like we lost it. We had a Game 7 in front of us. It was right there. I felt we played a pretty good game, and we lost it. We just gave it to them, basically."
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk continued the sentiment:
"It’s a bad feeling. Bad, like an awful feeling. You can’t really describe it. As a player it’s probably one of the worst feelings you can get when you are up by one goal with a minute and twenty left and somehow you lose the game. It’s just like a total shock."
With that said, there's no doubt the B's are training hard in the offseason to make sure that type of collapse doesn't happen again, especially on home ice. They don't want Sharp or Shaw skating in jubilation over the spoked-B in the center of the ice at TD Garden.
But getting back to the Stanley Cup Final obviously is not an easy task. Just ask the Bruins themselves, who were upset by the Washington Capitals in the first round in 2012 after winning the Cup the previous season. No team has made it to the Final two years in a row since the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and 2009.
The Bruins, hoping to reverse that trend, reloaded for next season. They added Jarome Iginla, shipped often-criticized Tyler Seguin to Dallas for Loui Eriksson and re-signed two franchise players in Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask.
Here's a look at the offseason stock watch for the stars of the club and how that will affect Boston next season.