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The Bruins are two years older than they were in 2011. Hair has waned for some, thickened for others. But the moment that was frozen in time, when the Bruins hoisted the Stanley Cup on June 15, 2011, remains as the indelible connection that most of this year’s club brings into Game 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Of the 20 players likely to wear Black and Gold on Wednesday at TD Garden, 17 were present at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena that winning night. This will be the last time the Bruins launch another postseason with that many players who pulled on champagne and smoked victory cigars through the bushiest beards of their lives.