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Top 10 2011 Playoff Moments: Bruins win the Stanley Cup

Apr 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

From Apr. 1-10, ProHockeyTalk will be counting down the Top 10 moments from the 2011 postseason.

Here’s No. 1 — the Boston Bruins winning their first Stanley Cup in 39 years.

The last time the Boston Bruins had won the Stanley Cup — 1972 — the world was a different place. Richard Nixon was in office, the first scientific hand-held calculator was introduced, Bob Douglas became the first African-American to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and The Godfather was released in theaters.

So yeah, long time between titles.

That’s just one of the things that made Boston’s 2012 Stanley Cup victory so memorable…but it was far from the only thing. There was Tim Thomas‘ virtuoso performance, stopping an incredible 238 of the Canucks’ 246 shots in the finals for a .967 save percentage. There was Boston’s heroic comeback from an 0-2 series deficit, outscoring Vancouver 21-4 over the final five games. There was the sentimentality of Mark Recchi’s farewell, winning one last time before announcing his retirement.

And of course, there was Boston captain Zdeno Chara hoisting the Cup skyward:

“It’s a huge honour and it’s a privilege,”Chara said of hoisting the Cup. “I’ll probably remember that feeling and that moment for the rest of my life.”

And so ends our countdown of the Top 10 2011 Playoff Moments.


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  1. govtminion - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I could watch that clip over and over again all day.

    In fact, I might.

    Here’s hoping for a repeat! Go Bruins!

  2. mj6rings - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    This proves it Halford hates the Canucks.

    • mj6rings - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      There might have been a drop of sarcasm in the post above

  3. davebabychreturns - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I would’ve liked to have seen a bit more bias in the top 10 moments of 2011 selections.

    “Our top playoff moment of 2011 was a thrilling Canucks victory in game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals to take a 3-2 series lead; evidently there were two games played afterwards but I don’t recall exactly what transpired.”

    *sobs quietly*

  4. 8man - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    This might have been my top moment for all of 2011. Great stuff.

  5. mgp1219 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Seeing as there were over 1,000,000 people at the victory parade (including me), the Bruins Stanley Cup championship was probably the top playoff moment of all.

    Go B’s!!!

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