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Boston Bruins win their first Stanley Cup since 1972 with 4-0 Game 7 win over Vancouver

Jun 15, 2011, 11:49 PM EDT

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All series long the team that scored first went on to win the game. All series long the home team came out on top. When Patrice Bergeron scored in the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead, something had to give and Tim Thomas would make sure that the team that scored first would go on to win the game and their first Stanley Cup in 39 years pitching a 37-save shutout in a 4-0 Bruins win in Game 7.

Thomas’ incredible game would seal the deal as he was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs ending what may turn out to be one of the most incredible seasons by a goaltender in recent history. With Thomas as a finalist, and likely winner, of the Vezina Trophy he’s likely going for the hat trick in hardware now that the season is over.

What helped seal the deal for Thomas and for Boston was the play of Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Both players scored two goals a piece and Marchand finished the night with three points. Marchand’s ability to irritate the Canucks with his chirping and Sedin-face-punching antics and ability to score game-crippiling goals on Roberto Luongo all series long proved to be a killer all wrapped up into one game tonight. Marchand finishes the playoffs with 11 goals, the most by a rookie since Jeremy Roenick scored 11 in 1990. It would be Marchand’s empty net goal with just under three minutes that would definitively seal the deal.

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The Bruins were able to pick up where they left off in Game 6 in Boston by scoring first on Roberto Luongo (17 saves) and continuing to keep the pressure on Vancouver all game long, settling in and playing “Bruins hockey” the rest of the way. Getting the big goals from Bergeron and Marchand, Bergeron’s second marker coming late in the second period shorthanded, all but closed the game out. The Canucks were stifled throughout the game and ultimately closed things out in frustrated fashion. They may have outshot the Bruins in the game, but Thomas was only truly tested sparsely throughout the game.

Ultimately, the Canucks went out the same way the did in their three games on the road in Boston. They were outplayed, outhit, outhustled, and ultimately outscored in Game 7. The dominating physical and defensive team that played in Games 1,2, and 5 at home wasn’t out there tonight and the Bruins played the perfect road game to make it work.

The Roberto Luongo who played so cool and so dominating at home throughout this series wasn’t there tonight on a night where he had to perfect to inspire the team. The Canucks scoring just eight goals through seven games doesn’t speak well of the team in general and Luongo’s shortcomings only magnified that.

Of course, there’s a lot to be said how the Bruins played in this series. They were always tough, they were unwavering, and they never relented. The fact that Boston was the only team to win a road game in this series is a good enough reason for them to be Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 1972.

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Dan Patrick, Keith Jones, and Mike Milbury wrap things up after Game 7, one that Dan Patrick says the Bruins were a team of destiny.

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  1. bigbear42 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Well, that might have been the weirdest, least exciting 7 game series ever. Van only put up 8 goals, 3 of which were in one game. Congrats to the B’s though, didn’t think they could do it with Kaberle being such a non-factor.

  2. sharksfan754 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    Glad the bruins won as I was cheering (slightly) for them. I feel bad for malhotra being a class act and a former shark. I will say this about the Vancouver fans at the Rodgers arena, they showed a lot of class cheering the way they did for Thomas when he got the conn smythe. And also in the winding minute saluting their team. I definitely gained some respect for you guys there. Great season to both teams

  3. nhlbruins90 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Bring that Cup home boys. There’s a parade waiting for you.

  4. cannonblast14 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:34 AM

    Congrats to the Bruins. Well earned

  5. mornelithe - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Congratulations to the Boston Bruins!!!! A very very hard fought, and justly earned victory. A road no others have ever traveled. My hats off to you guys, an absolutely astonishing series. You smothered the best scoring team in the league, and Thomas…wow, what a performance. Great job all around.

    Also, good job to the Cannucks, I know they really wanted this one, and I know your fans did too. But tonight just wasn’t your night. Hopefully, you’ll have better luck next year (not at the cost of the Bruins though, I hope haha).

    Great series!

  6. 8man - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    I am 47. I’ve watched my Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and now my Bruins win titles. I am complete. And why am I the 8man? Cam Neely knows.

  7. sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:00 AM

    Congrats to the Boston Bruins and their fans — extremely well-deserved. Definitely was a cup that was earned.

    As for you, Vancouver, and your flopping players and classless fans, I thoroughly enjoyed watching you people choke yet again. Ever since 2,000 of you came down for the series with the Sharks and acted like a bunch of obnoxious, classless idiots in our building for two games, I’ve become the biggest Boston Bruins fan this side of Massachusetts. I took great joy in knowing that all of you had your hearts broken tonight. 😀 Karma baby!

  8. polegojim - Jun 16, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Congrats Boston!

  9. insider7 - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    Where are all those arrogant Vancouver fans now? There’s a reason that team was roundly disliked, even in most of Canada. They (and Burrows) can bite me! GO B’S!!!

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:41 AM

      Second that, Insider! Haven’t been that happy to see a team lose in a long time!

  10. zinck99 - Jun 16, 2011 at 6:27 AM

    I want to remind all you Yankees one thing and don’t forget it, all the best hockey players are Canadian and more than half the bruins are Canadian. This is just to bring you back to reality. Congrats Boston.

    • mornelithe - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:30 AM

      Yes, we’re well aware Canada’s biggest export is Hockey players. It’s a good thing to, otherwise Canadians would never hoist the cup themselves, would they?

      Canada – Taking a back seat to the US since July 1st 1867.

    • mgp1219 - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM

      Remeber one thing…..Tim Thomas is from the U. S. baby!!!!

      • mornelithe - Jun 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM

        @ MGP1219: I actually saw him play at UVM, when I was a kid. Never thought his path would end up here! Terrific job by him though, absolutely fantastic!

    • sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:46 PM


  11. florida727 - Jun 16, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    “You stay classy… Vancouver hockey fans.” – Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

  12. nhlbruins90 - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Actually, the only player with enough heart and courage to win for Vancouver was Ryan Kesler. And of course, he’s American. And you might want to lecture your own Habs fans about the nationalities of their players while they boo our national anthem. (Gionta, Gill, Gomez etc.)

    But seriously, I have ancestors from Quebec and Nova Scotia. The cultural ties between New England and Canada are deep. The whole nationality thing is silly. Get over it.

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:10 AM

      That’s a comment for zinck99 of course.

  13. daveydawg - Jun 16, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    agreed– there are many canucks and fans who got what they deserved… but I do want to say this: Classy act by Vancouver officials to play the Bruins “win” songs after the game (dirty water, dropkick murphy, etc)…

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      Agreed, that was nice to hear.

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