Before I delve into the Stanley Cup Finals and the Bruins winning their first Cup since 1972, I want to let you all know that if it wasn’t for me getting Mo to remove his picture of the Stanley Cup yesterday from Facebook this could have all gone to hell in a hand basket really quick! I brought it to his attention that the Stanley Cup is never touched by players who have never won it, and therefore we shouldn’t be cocky and have it even posted on a wall somewhere until the deal was sealed! It’s back up, and appropriately so!
I was on the phone with Lanz today (who I’m sure will have a lot to say about this game today) and we were talking about the last time the Bruins hoisted the Cup, I was 11 years old, sitting on the floor of our living room while the Bruins polished off the Rangers in 6 games and setting a record for points scored in an NHL final 28-8. Those were the Bobby Orr/Gerry Cheevers days, these are the Tim Thomas/Zdeno Chara days!
I had been asked by numerous people all day if the Bruins could pull out a win in Vancouver after both teams had won all their home games and I said the same thing to all of them;, if the Bruins score first on Roberto Luongo they’d get inside his head and once they did that their defense which had been smothering would take care of the rest, and it did. Luongo no doubt was the reason the Canucks faltered losing 3 games in Boston miserably and being pulled twice but let’s not forget the highest scoring team in the NHL this season was held to 8 points. After the game in Boston Monday Daniel Sedin had predicted a Canucks victory in game 7, really going out on a limb there being no one had lost a game at home in the series. I assumed when hearing that the Sedin twins had chosen to actually show up in the final game and put some shots on the net and score some goals, that didn’t happen, these two had been absent basically all series, same with Ryan Kesler.
The Bruins outscored the Canucks in the series 23-8 with Thomas getting 2 shutouts, one in Boston then tonight in game 7. And how about Tim Thomas, is this guy fucking great or what? Not just a great goaltender, but he’s a class guy, willing to give props to Roberto Luongo after the game even when Luongo said that Thomas took unnecessary risks out of the crease, yet Thomas is a shoe-in for the Vezina Trophy, won the Conn Smythe for the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP and as far as I’m concerned he’s the league MVP as well. Thomas has been a bull all season, the Bruins always playing with confidence with Thomas as the anchor.
Then there’s Brad Marchand, the pesky forward who scored 11 goals in the playoffs and who the Canucks had no answers for. Marchand’s wrist shot in game 6 gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead, he picked up two last night and his future is nothing but bright for the spoke’d B’s! Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins center whose faceoffs were missed when he went down with a mild concussion in the Flyer series but was a force to be reckoned with for these last seven games scored two goals on Luongo, the second shorthanded as he crashed the net and managed to push it by the Canucks netminder. Captain Zdeno Chara, the towering acquisition from Ottawa who had brought back the BAD in the Big Bad Bruins with his aggressive, physical play and 100 mph slap shot no doubt was the defensive backbone for this team which proved to be extremely stingy when it came to goals allowed.
I’ll never be able to cover the play of all the Bruins roster, but Krejci the finesse scorer, Thornton who was a healthy scratch until Nathan Horton was drilled in game one by Aaron Rome, Recchi, the 43 year old 3 time Stanley Cup winner, who is now retiring, the trade deadline that brought Tomas Kaberle from Toronto, along with Chris Kelly from Ottawa and Rich Peverly from the now defunct Thrashers and all the rest made this a season to remember.
The city of Boston will now roll out the Duck Boats for another cruise through the city and a spin around the Charles River and join the other of the major sports franchises that have now given the The Hub it’s 7thchampionship in the last 10 seasons, and Boston will hold the title as the only city to win championships in all four major sports in a 7 year span! We’ll take it!
Boston Bruins, 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Champions!!!