Stanley Cup Finals 2011: Where Do Boston Bruins Rank Among Last 12 Champions?

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Stanley Cup Finals 2011: Where Do Boston Bruins Rank Among Last 12 Champions?
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The Stanley Cup has returned to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the first time in four decades. Boston played 26 games, won three Game 7s, and trailed 2-0 in multiple series before hoisting hockey's holy grail.

The question now is where do they rank amongst some of the most recent Stanley Cup champions? Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic got it done in 2011, but how would this team stack up against Steve Yzerman's Red Wings or Joe Sakic's Colorado Avalanche?

Were they better than last year's Chicago Blackhawks?

Could Tim Thomas shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin or younger versions of Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier? How would this team do against the defense of Scott Niedermayer's Ducks or Devils?

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