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Updated: May 4, 2023

Jack Cinquegrana – CINQBOYS Podcast

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Since we began our show, my brother and I are not afraid to show our bias, our true feelings about a situation based off how the situation effects our team. I have been a Boston Bruins fan as long as I can remember, and my favorite players have been with the team for a long time now. Even in a year when they barely squeaked into the postseason and were set to play a far superior opponent in the Carolina Hurricanes, the CINQBOYS were gung-ho for the Bruins to come out of the series on top. We even had a podcast to make playoff picks and I switched from my realistic pick to the one influenced by fandom.

This year, my team, the Boston Bruins, and Joe’s team, the Golden State Warriors, made the postseason but are both on the verge of losing the series in seven games after leading the series after five games.

The Bruins had a historic season eclipsing the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings and 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning in regular season wins with the most ever with 65 wins. They also passed the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, widely regarded as the best team to ever play the game, with 133 regular season points, one more than the Habs.

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For the Bruins, it has been a magical season, but a tumultuous postseason so far, dominating some games and then playing some of the worst hockey the fanbase has ever seen at times. After splitting the series in Boston for the first two contests, the Bruins took a commanding 3-1 series lead after four games. They dropped the next two games tying the series and sending the series back to Boston for the always-chaotic game seven.

Golden State, a year after winning the NBA title, struggled all year on the road, battled injuries, and were hampered by a lack of depth and size in the center or forward department. With all of that going on, their leader and player widely regarded as the “greatest shooter ever” went on to having one of his best seasons to date, with averages that rival or outperform the numbers he had when he won league MVP.

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The Warriors, after winning three-straight games to take a 3-2 series lead, dropped game 6 at home, a fantastic chance to close-out the series and get some much needed rest. They will travel back to Sacramento to try to steal the series in front of a crowd that has been nothing short of most raucous in the league, a difficult feat.

Both teams nursed a 3-2 lead going into game 6, and both teams floundered when it was time to plunge the dagger into the series and end the Panthers and Kings’ seasons. Boston led in game 6 two different times late in the game.

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With lineup decisions to make, two immensely successful franchises’ seasons could be ousted on Sunday. Though the CINQBOYS’ hearts will be shattered, the NBA and NHL Playoffs will go on, and the spectacle will not shrink

Takeaways: Bruins unable to build momentum in Game 6 as Panthers force Game 7
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