BOSTON — The Bruins and Penguins had played almost 100 minutes of heart-stopping, ulcer-inducing playoff hockey. Then, in an instant, it was over.
After 93 shots, 80 hits, 91 faceoffs, a couple of goals, four intermissions, 11 unsuccessful power plays, probably an orange slice or 23, a handful of hockey pucks ringing shiny red posts and almost five full periods of hockey, it was over.
Because of it, the Eastern Conference finals are now probably over, too.
The Bruins took arguably the Pittsburgh Penguins’ best punch round after round after round on Wednesday, and they still came away with a 2-1 overtime win. The Bruins knew they were going to get a better effort from the Pens after the B’s throttled Pittsburgh 6-1 in Game 3, and the Penguins certainly brought it. For more than 95 minutes, it looked like the Penguins might actually get one. And then, as you know, it was over.
In the wee hours of the night, as the TD Garden staff worked overtime (literally) to clean the arena that wa...