Stanley Cup window for Bruins’ veteran core might finally be closed

The Boston Bruins looked like a team capable of going on a deep run in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

They were arguably the best team in the NHL from the April 12 NHL trade deadline to the end of the regular season. The acquisitions of Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar and Mike Reilly helped transform the Bruins into an elite 5-on-5 team. The goaltending to end the regular season also was fantastic. In the first round against the Washington Capitals, the B’s lost the series opener and then won four consecutive games.

Round 2 against the New York Islanders started off similarly well for the Bruins with a 5-2 victory in Game 1. Charlie Coyle scored a great goal to put the B’s 1-0 in Game 2 against the Islanders, and at that point it looked like the B’s might cruise into the semifinal.

But the opposite happened. 

The Bruins lost four of the next five games, including the last three of the series, culminating in a lackluster performance in a 6-2 season-ending loss in Game 6 on Wednesday night. It was the Bruins’ first three-game losing streak of the entire season.

Here’s how Bruins should handle Rask’s future, goalie situation

The Bruins’ veteran core of Patrice Bergeron (age 35), Brad Marchand (age 33), David Krejci (age 35) and Tuukka Rask (age 34) is not young. Krejci and Rask can become unrestricted free agents this summer. Hall and Reilly can…

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