The Boston Bruins Win Stanley Cup

Published on June 15th, 2011

Tim Thomas - Playoffs MVP

Goalie Tim Thomas wins Conn Smythe as playoffs MVP

The Boston Bruins won their 1st Stanley Cup since 1972.  They dug themselves out of an 0-2 series deficit and won 4 of the last 5 games to pull out the series 4 games to 3.  They are the 8th different team to win the Cup in the last 8 NHL seasons.

In Game 7, the Bruins seemed to have more fire than the Canucks.   They wanted it more.  They were fierce the entire series and won most of the little battles in this game.  They won 4-0.
 
Feisty Bruins winger Brad Marchand, in particular, was phenomenal in this game.  His elusiveness and strong skating had the Canucks on their heels whenever he had the puck.  He set up linemate Patrice Bergeron at 14:37 of the 1st period.  Bergeron slipped it just inside the post.  Then Marchand hit a post early in the 2nd.  Not long after, he scored a goal of his own at 12:13 when he stuffed it in. 

Bergeron got his 2nd goal of the game short-handed at 17:35 of the 2nd period.  It was a back-breaking goal as the Canucks were looking to get back into the game on the power-play and instead gave up another.  Boston’s 4th line (center Gregory Campbell, and wingers Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille) was very strong too.  They seemed to control the action whenever they were on the ice.

At 17:26 of the 3rd period, Marchand added an empty-netter to end the scoring.

Tim Thomas gave up only 8 goals in this 7-game series.  An astounding accomplishment.  He was the overwhelming choice as MVP.

Former Flyers Mark Recchi and Dennis Seidenberg skated the Cup after the game.  It was Seidenberg’s 1st time and Recchi’s 3rd.  Recchi is expected to retire at the age of 43.

This was the 3rd Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals in the last six years.  The visiting team has won 2 of the 3.  No Canadian team has won the Cup since 1993.

Brad Marchand had 2 goals and an assist in Game 7

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