Connor Clifton Day: NJ Town Recovering from Stanley Cup Fever

Connor Clifton Day: NJ Town Recovering from Stanley Cup Fever

The following article was posted on www.app.com on Friday, June 21 featuring former Quinnipiac University standout Connor Clifton.

By Daniel LoGiudice.

Connor Clifton may not have been a big name entering the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final, but the 24-year-old Boston Bruins rookie made ''Cliffy Hockey'' into a household name by the end of the series.

Clifton, a former Christian Brothers Academy star from Matawan, escaped obscurity with clutch play in the Stanley Cup Final, a series that the Bruins lost 4-3 to the St. Louis Blues. With the Bruins trailing 2-0 in Game 1, the defenseman took a feed from Sean Kuraly and deflected the puck off his skate and into the back of the net, sparking a four-goal rally.  

Clifton also drew a cross-checking penalty later in the game, which set up Charlie McAvoy’s game-winning goal in the second period.

That clutch play and ability to come up in huge spots despite his inexperience in such contests cemented Clifton's moniker, "Cliffy Hockey."

"He’s got a little bit of that – you call it, Cliffy Hockey,"  Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told Boston.com. “He just plays. He plays on instinct, and right now his instincts are good to him.”

A long shot for playing time to start the season, Clifton emerged in the playoffs as a legitimate threat. He scored his first ever NHL goal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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