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I'm betting a lot of Canucks fans just broke their keyboards, and I apologize for that. Many will say that the Bruins got lucky, that Tim Thomas is the only reason they won. but I say they outplayed Vancouver when it mattered most.
Boston had a brilliant postseason, and though they did have to play in three game sevens (an NHL record for a cup champion), they perhaps played their best in all three.
Their core is young, with players like Tyler Seguin, Brad Marchand (assuming they can keep him in free agency), Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and they still having yet to play their best hockey.
Couple that with returning veterans Chara and Bergeron, and you have a legitimate cup contender yet again. The only question mark is whether Tim Thomas can duplicate this year's performance, and something tells me he can.
Remember, his story is not like that of Dwayne Roloson for Tampa Bay, who came in cold during the playoffs and impressed. Thomas was a Vezina contender all year long and the 37-year-old still has two stellar years of hockey in his arsenal.
Watch for Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and a healthy Jonas Hiller to guide Anaheim through the West and for Boston to dismantle them in the Finals in six games.