Final-bound Bruins were brought closer by ‘Peaky Blinders’ dress-up at Winter Classic

Matt Kalman
May 19, 2019 - 4:11 pm

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy knows that the core of his team has been together for almost a decade, and several of the young players have come up through the organization together.

But he thinks there was one day that solidified the chemistry the Bruins have used to help them get to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final: Jan. 1, when the Bruins faced the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic at Notre Dame.

“I think the Winter Classic was probably one of those, wanting to look back, a turning point,” Cassidy said after practice Sunday at Warrior Ice Arena. “I think that whole Peaky Blinders theme really brought the guys together. I think that was [Torey> Krug’s doing, if I’m not mistaken. And then the game itself, we seemed to take off from there. So that was definitely one area where the group really came together.”

The Bruins won a wild game that day in South Bend, overcoming two one-goal deficits and eventually taking the lead for good on a Sean Kuraly goal at 10:20 of the third period. Boston showed up for and left that game dressed in suits and hats reminiscent of the television show “Peaky Blinders.”

“There was a group of us that wore it for a Halloween party,” Krug said. “And just seeing a big group like that, just something clicked and talking about it with a couple of guys, thought it would be a really fun idea. So I think when you see a group of seven or eight guys dressed up like that, it’s pretty sharp. And then all of a sudden you have the whole team wearing it to the Winter Classic, I thought it looked sharp.”

As Cassidy mentioned, it looked sharper because the Bruins played well enough to prevail in the game and make the suits more than just a footnote. The Bruins were able to distribute posters of the team decked out, and now it’s one of those days that’ll be on the Stanley Cup championship video if the Bruins close the deal against St. Louis or San Jose, starting May 27.

“Well I think it was probably part of it, right? There’s a lot of things along the way that bring you together as a group. I think doing that and the way that we won that game is definitely a step in the right direction,” Krug said. “But definitely just one of the many things that have happened over the year that have brought us together as a group. We were already a tight group to being with.”

Forward Brad Marchand agreed that the Winter Classic was one of the most memorable moments in a season that’s on the cusp of having a momentous ending.

“I think there’s a lot of things throughout the year. We’re always together and that being one of them. We had a lot of fun with it. There was a lot of excitement around it,” Marchand said. “It’s a pretty special thing to go through as a group but another one was China [during the preseason>. For the guys who’ve been around anyway, it’s different when you’re trying to make the team. We had a lot of fun over there as a group. Couple long nights and fun bus rides — those are things that bring you together and you can look back on and they build relationships.

“And then throughout the year we’ve been through a lot together. There’s a lot of different things you can look back on and say it brought us closer together. Something we’ve also really stressed in the room and something that’s what we take a lot of pride in and it’s been helpful.”

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