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BRUINS WIN THE STANLEY CUP!!!! Thomas wins the Conn Smythe with shutout performance

The Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup Final Champions!! After 39 years of this ling journey, and tons of heartbreak, Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins can say that they are Stanley Cup Champions. The game was a perfect script for the Bruins, and the only thing that could have made it better is if they won it at home. The Bruins won it with hard work, determination, and big hearts. As opposed to the Canucks, who had a far more talented team, but lacked the attitude and determination to win. The Bruins played a great game all around. They had great offense, scoring 3 goals on Roberto Luongo. For once they were able to capitalize on their scoring chances in Vancouver. The defense was great, making very few mistakes. I can think of 2 turnovers in their own zone that lead to good scoring chances, and that shows how careful they were with the puck in their own zone. Tim Thomas was everything that you can imagine. This entire series can be summed up by the way that he played. And in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the biggest stage there is in North American hockey, Tim Thomas was perfect. Thomas became just the 4th goaltender in NHL history to have a shutout in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and the 1st to do it on the road. The Canucks didn’t play a bad game, and Roberto Luongo wasn’t that bad. Thomas was just better, and the Bruins showed that they had a more determined team. When push came to shove, the Bruins wanted it more, and all the talent in the world wasn’t going to help the Canucks. The thing I’m most happy about is that guy in the picture below. I personally feel very happy for Tim Thomas. Thomas has gone through a lot of adversity in his life just to get to this point, and if the Bruins had lost this series it wasn’t going to be his fault. And that would have hurt very bad to me, and I know everyone in Boston would have had that same bad feeling in their gut. To top things off, Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy, for the MVP of the postseason. It’s a great feeling Boston, enjoy it!

Tim Thomas lifts the Stanley Cup, after dominating game 7

Tim Thomas lifts the Stanley Cup, as he lead the Boston Bruins to their 1st Stanley Cup since 1972.

1st Period

The game is on, and the Canucks have great pressure. Vancouver is controlling the puck, and plugging up the neutral zone. The Bruins came back with a great set up by Marchand. Marchand skated into the far circle, and passed to Peverley at the post. Luongo challenged him, and Peverley centered a pass for Kreci in the crease. But great stick play by the Malhotra denied him a tip in. Kreci got a seconds chances shot off, but Luongo made a diving glove save. A big chance for Boston early, and one wonders if that might come back to haunt them. The Bruins had some sustained pressure, but Vancouver took control right back. The Canucks were outskating the Bruins, and had a very fast tempo in this game. Higgins had a great chance skating into the slot. He just split the Boston defense, and was all alone on Thomas near post. But Thomas stayed strong, and made a butterfly save. The only line doing getting pressure for Boston was the 4th line. Thornton was throwing his weight around, and Paille was outskating the Canucks defense. Boston forced a face-off in the attacking zone. It was actually won back by Henrik Sedin, but Brad Marchand picked the puck off. Marchand just skated circles around the Vancouver defense in the near circle. He passed towards Reechi and Bergeron in the slot, hoping for something, and he got it. The puck went through Recchi and a Canucks skates, and Bergeron ripped a one-timer off into the back of the net. Luongo lost the puck in-between all the skates, and never even saw the shot. Boston had a very important 1-0 lead 14:37 into the game. Vancouver came right back with a 2-on-2 chance, but Thomas again made the save. The Canucks decided to resort to more dirty tactics coming up ice. As they were entering the Boston zone, Siedenberg and Chara were back skating into the zone. Both defenders were looking at the puck up the far boards, and Higgins skated right into Chara up high. He appeared to leave his feet, and Chara lay on the ice for a moment. Chara appeared to be ok, perhaps a bit woozy, but fine nonetheless. The whistle was blown, but not for a penalty. Vancouver was called for an offsides, so they had 12 more seconds left to play. The Bruins would exit the 1st period with a 1-0 lead.

2nd Period

The 2nd period started with an icing call against the Canucks. Boston had an early chance to extend their lead. Lucic had a chance in the far slot, but his shot went wide. Off another icing call, the Bruins created another chance. Mark Recchi won the puck back for Boston, and Marchand pick the puck up. He skated below the far circle, and to the far slot. He took a bad angle shot, and hit the far post. Boston had just missed 2 good chances to extend their lead early in the period. But in the first 5 minutes, the Canucks were out shooting the Bruins 4-0. The Canucks had a great chance off a Boston turnover. Chara picked the puck up behind the Boston net, and held the puck as one of the Sedins skated towards him. He made his pass, and the puck deflected right off Sedin’s stick to Burrows in the center slot. Thomas came out to challenge him, and Burrows dragged the puck to the near slot. Thomas caught out of position, and dove back across ice to make a potential save. Chara saved himself though, as he covered up the empty net with his enormous body. Burrows took the shot, it went by the diving Thomas, and hit Chara in his left knee. The puck stayed out, and Boston had caught a huge break midway through the period. Boston came back up ice with pressure, started by Tyler Seguin. Seguin passed ahead to Ryder as he entered the zone, and he took a shot from the circle blocked off by Luongo. The puck went around the net, and up the boards. Recchi stopped the puck, and passed to Seidenberg at the point. He took a shot, and it was tipped in front. Marchand picked up the loose puck, and Luongo was in a bad position, out of his crease far side. Marchand used this to his advantage, and skated around the net for a wraparound chance. Luongo dove back across ice, and stopped the shot with his stick. But Luongo fumbled around with the puck, and lost control of it as he tried to cover it up , and the puck slipped past the goal line. Boston had taken a 2-0 lead, 12:13 into the game. Boston came right back when Mark Recchi flew up ice with a hop in his step. He blew right by  the Canucks defense, and got 1-on-1 with Luongo in the far slot. He backhanded a shot off, but Luongo came up with a big save. The Canucks picked up the pace, and when Johnny Boychuk lost his stick, Vancouver took control in the Boston zone. It would result in a Boston penalty, as Chara was called for interference on Kessler in the slot. The Canucks had nothing going, and the Bruins created their own scoring chance. The puck was picked up by Seidenberg, and he chipped the puck up ice. Patrice Bergeron picked up the puck in the neutral zone on the fly, and skated 1-on-1 up ice with Edler. Bergeron pulled the puck to the far side, and was tripped down by Edler. The puck slide right into the pads of Luongo, but the momentum of Bergeron and Edler smacked them right into Luongo. The puck slid off Luongo, and into the back of the net. The play was reviewed, and Bergeron was awarded his 2nd goal of the night, shorthanded, at 17:35. Boston was now up 3-0, and had a lead that seemed insurmountable. Boston has now scored on 7 of their last 21 shots against Luongo. The Bruins killed off the rest of Chara’s penalty, and they were back to 5-on-5. The Canucks seemed deflated the rest of the period, and the Bruins just skated around with them. The period ended with the Bruins up 3-0. 20 minutes is all that stands now from the Boston Bruins and a Stanley Cup victory.

3rd Period

The 3rd period started with a good push from the Canucks. The Bruins defense was just weathering the storm, and able to push the puck back up ice. And the Canucks again resorted to dirty tactics. Skating in the center of the ice, Hansen just decided to run right into Ference. Ference stayed down for a moment, but he recovered and got back to the bench. Ference wasn’t anywhere near the puck, and it was just a dirty and pathetic play. So the Bruins were on the powerplay at 5:33 for interference. The Bruins looked very lackadaisical on the powerplay, just allowing the Canucks to clear the zone. It wasn’t until late in the powerplay that they created an opportunity off the rush. Marchand skated into the far slot, and centered a pass for Seguin. But Luongo made the pad save, and the puck bounced away. The powerplay ended without much noise, and the lead remained 3-0. Midway through the period, the Bruins were playing a defensive game. They were allowing the Canucks to get offensive chances. Then a bad break for the Bruins, as they would receive a bad penalty call at 11:34. Lucic was called for hooking on Henrik Sedin. Lucic lifted his stick, and never wrapped around Sedin with his stick. So Vancouver had a chance to break into this lead, and perhaps get some momentum. The Canucks looked terrible on the powerplay, with the Bruins killing it off easily. Claude Julien decided to use his timeout at this time, to energize his guys for 5 more minutes of hockey. The Bruins game plan was simple, collapse around the puck. With 3 minutes remaining in the game, decided to empty his net. But the Bruins would be the ones capitalizing on it, as Brad Marchand took the puck away at center ice, and ripped a shot from the near circle. It’s now a 4-0 lead for Boston 17:16 into the 3rd and final period. As Brad Marchand celebrated his goal, you could see the tears in his eyes. He went to the bench, and you could see everyone celebrating and giving hugs. This is it, the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup 4-0, behind Tim Thomas’s shutout performance.

Post-Game Breakdown

How about that! It feels a little surreal to say it already, but the Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup Champions!! The Bruins played exactly the type of game they wanted to, and forced the Canucks to play their game. Vancouver played great in the first 5-7 minutes of the game. As I was watching the game, I just kept saying, if the Bruins can whether this storm they’ll be in good shape later in the game. And that is exactly what happened. The Bruins just played careful in their own zone, did a good job not to make bad turnovers in their own zone, and of course Tim Thomas stopped everything in sight. Once the Canuck fans calmed down from the high of game 7 starting, the Bruins started getting some offense moving. The 4th line for Boston was instrumental in the getting the offense moving for the Bruins. It came down to hard work in the corners and along the boards, and the Bruins got on the board 1st. I though the Canucks would win this game, but I did say that if the Bruins scored 1st I would guarantee a victory. They scored 1st, and I felt very good about it. You could tell that the Bruins scoring 1st just took the life out of the Canucks and their fans. spending so much energy early in the period hurt them. The Bruins played the rest of the game with the same intensity, and never let the Canucks even sniff a goal. Well, Chara’s turnover almost resulted in a goal, but the big man bailed himself out. Boston played a full 60 minutes of dominate hockey, and the Canucks played decent hockey for 5 minute stretches at a time. Like I said earlier, Luongo didn’t play a bad game, but he wasn’t great either.

He surely wasn’t the reason they lost, but unlike Tim Thomas, he wasn’t the reason they won. When the Canucks lost, it was Luongo’s fault. When the Canucks won, it was because the Bruins offense failed. Thomas never cut his teams legs out from under them, and you always felt that the Bruins would win just because he was in net in these Finals. Thomas becomes just the 2nd American born player to win the Conn Smythe trophy. The only other was Brian Leech with the New York Rangers in 1994. Their opponent, the Vancouver Canucks. Thomas also set a postseason record for the most saves in the Stanley Cup Finals, as well as the most saves in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Those are exactly the type of stats I’m talking about.

The Bruins also smothered one of the best powerplays in the NHL, holding the Canucks to a meek 2-34 on the powerplay. The Sedin twins combined for just 5 points all series long, while Ryan Kessler had just 1 assist all series long. Before this series started, I stated that the Bruins wouldn’t win because of these guys, and how good they were. Well they didn’t show up, and the Bruins defense, namely the Captain Zdeno Chara, shut them down each and every night. The celebration was something to see as well.

Nathan Horton was in the arena, and he put on his jersey and skated out to celebrate with his team. It was a beautiful sight, and one that I know I will cherish forever. And I will always remember how classless the Canuck fans were in defeat. They actually booed the Bruins as they celebrated, and as the NHL awarded them with the Stanley Cup. They did cheer Tim Thomas as he skated around with the Cup. So at least they know who deserves some respect. Lucic received some cheers, seeing that he was born and raised, and won a Memorial Cup in Vancouver. Looking ahead to next year already was Mark Recchi. Recchi announced post game that this was his last game, and that he would “… ride off into the sunset.” In his 22 NHL seasons, Recchi became just the 8th player in NHL history with the Stanley Cup in 3 different decades, and the 3rd player to win the Stanley Cup with 3 different teams. He also played in 1,652 games, which is 3rd all time in the NHL, with 1,533 points, which is 12 all time in the NHL. Recchi is a sure firer Hall of Famer, and it was a perfect ending to send him out with a Stanley Cup win. Brad Marchand became just the 8th NHL rookie to score 10+ goals in the postseason, and set a record for most postseason goals by a Bruin rookie with 11. The Bruins became just the 2nd professional team in American sports history to win 3 game 7’s in one postseason. The only other team to do it, was the 1988 L.A. Lakers. The Bruins also won a series when being down 0-2 for the 1st time in their team history. The actually did it twice in this postseason. The 1st against the Canadians, and the 2nd of course to the Canucks. This postseason just had a different feel to it. When the Bruins came back and beat the Canadians, then they had the Flyers. The broke the hearts of Boston last year, and the Bruins came back with a sweep. As the series went on, it just felt like this was a team of destiny. This is the pinnacle of greatness in hockey, and the Bruins are at the top of the mountain. And what’s more, I think this Bruins team can get better. But, I’ll leave that discussion for another day. For today, tommorow, and every day after that, the Boston Bruins will always be the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Champions.

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