I want to say sorry for such a late entry. I had this written up just an hour after the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup, but there were difficulties with getting a submission.
The prize was on the line on this night, and there was no extra chance for either team.
The series started with the Canucks bagging the first two games in Vancouver. Both by only one goal.
The Bruins returned the favor by winning the next two in Boston, but in a very contrasting manner, scoring 12 goals to the Canucks' one.
Game 5 was another nailbiter and was a 1-0 game for the Canucks, who had a chance to get it done in Boston.
The Bruins chased Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo after scoring three on eight shots and took Game 6 to force this game.
Before the Game 7, Nathan Horton brought two water bottles in, which turned out to be melted ice from the Garden, and he sprayed it in front of the bench well before the game. Perhaps a little "home ice" was needed to even out things in Vancouver?
At the beginning of the game, it was the Canucks that applied the pressure but they couldn’t generate anything close to Thomas.
Thomas made a stop early in the game as Seidenberg slid in front of Thomas, reducing any options.
Bruins nearly coughed up the puck in their own zone, but Thomas stopped it.
Mason Raymond was at the Rogers Arena and the crowd cheered as he was standing with a special brace so he could be at the game.
The Canuck were really applying the pressure and giving the Bruins a hard go.
The Bruins started applying pressure of their own, but couldn’t get any quality shots at the Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo.
Patrice Bergeron got the first goal of the game. The faceoff was won by the Canucks, but Brad Marchand beat out a Canuck to take control in the attacking zone. Marchand then passed it in front of the net to what looked like to Mark Recchi, but it went past him and Bergeron got off the shnide to get his first goal of the Finals.
Upon replay, Luongo saw it just as it went past his right pad as he did not have time to react at all, largely because the puck was among a lot of skates when Bergeron got his shot off.
After 20 minutes, it was a one-goal game for the Bruins.
The Bruins were late starting, but the play seemed to even out by the end of the opening frame. I gave most of the period to the Canucks despite the one-goal deficit.
No penalties were called in the period.
The Canucks negated the icing, and Thomas stopped Tambellini’s shot.
Shortly after, Marchand was on the other end and nearly extended the lead, but it went off the post.
The Bruins have seemed to dictate the play, as most of the play was in the attacking zone, but got few shots on Luongo. When the Canucks did get shots, Thomas was in position and the Bruins were covering the zones to limit their chances.
Chara nearly made a bad turnover that nearly cost the Bruins, but nothing materialized from it. It was Chara who made up for it as Alexandre Burrows shot at a Thomas-less net, but Chara was there to play goalie.
A bad change on the part of the Canucks that gave the Bruins a chance to attack. Marchand attempted the wrap around. Luongo looked he stopped it, but an extra move by Luongo seemed to push the puck past the line. 2-0 Bruins.
The Canucks were pressuring the Bruins and a penalty was called on the B’s. Chara was called for tripping.
Bergeron scored on the short-handed goal. Bergeron had a breakaway run but was clearly impeded by Erhoff. The replay showed Bergeron sliding in and made contact with the puck, but no clear proof that he pushed the puck in with his right hand as he had it on the stick. Both slid into Luongo and the puck slid into the net to put the Bruins up 3-0. It will be talked about.
After 40 minutes, the Bruins were up 3-0 and with 20 minutes left to claim the ultimate prize of hockey.
Hansen got high-sticked by Chara, but nothing was called. He then took liberty on Andrew Ference and was called. Even though he was clearly cut. Chara should have been called for the infraction but at the same time, Hansen made a selfish play to take out Ference and he was the one off to the Sin Bin. This will be talked about as well.
The Bruins controlled the play and would allow the Canucks little chance to score.
Lucic was called on hooking Hansen to give the Canucks the man advantage. The Bruins killed it off.
Luongo is off to the Bench with 3:10 left and Marchand got the empty netter with less than three minutes left.
And that’s the game with the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup with a final score of 4-0.
After Game presentations
Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe for the MVP of the playoffs. His accomplishments are in the History Was Made section.
Captain Zdeno Chara was presented with the Stanley Cup, which he handed off to Alternate Mark Recchi, who made it clear that this was his final year and that he was going to go out on top.
Patrice Bergeron raised it after that and, most deservedly, Tim Thomas who made the most saves in Stanley Cup.
History Was Made.
First time ever to win three Game 7s in a single playoff series.
First Stanley Cup in 39 years.
Tim Thomas made the most saves in Stanley Cup Finals history with 238 saves in the Finals and the most in a playoff run of 798.
Thomas was also the first goalie in history to earn a shutout in a Game 7 Final.
The drought is over and we start anew.
Congratulations, Boston Bruins. You are the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup Champions.