Hockey: Why the Bruins Climb

Boston fans are not noted for their unwavering loyalty. They jeered Ted Williams through every grand derisive gesture, and even the consistently heroic Bill Russell is treated to a cacophony of catcalls during his rare falls from hard-court grace. But this year Brahmins and Black Irish alike have had nothing but praise for their beloved Bruins, who at week's end were in second place behind Montreal, the National Hockey League's perennial champions. Skating, shooting and clubbing their way to their best finish in ten years, the Bruins shattered all N.H.L. team-scoring...

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