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Bruins' magic dashed in a flash

Stanley Cup defense ends with incomprehensible third home loss of series

Updated: April 26, 2012, 6:25 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- And then, in an instant, it was over.

All of it. The booming foghorn, the "whooo!" of a Bruins goal, the swagger that enabled you to strut around town bragging that your team is the NHL champion.

Technically, the Boston Bruins remain proprietors of Lord Stanley's hardware until they officially relinquish their title to the eventual 2012 NHL winner.

But that's akin to trying to enjoy your oceanfront digs knowing full well the eviction notice is in the mail. Suddenly, ...

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