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Tim Thomas was outstanding in net and helped the Bruins
win their first cup in 39 years.
Last night, the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup. The last time the Bruins hoisted The Cup was 39 years ago, when guys like Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito were skating around the rink.
This season the Bruins finished third place in the Eastern Conference with a 46-25-11 record. The Bruins also got a big welcome back from Tim Thomas, who after winning the Vezina Trophy in 2009, hit a rough patch last year and saw Tuukka Rask take his place as goalie. Thomas would go on to win the Conn Smythe Award, which for all you non-hockey fans is equivalent to winning Postseason MVP.
The Briuns needed 7 games, and one big road win to defeat the Canucks. After losing the first two games in Vancouver, the Bruins responded by winning the next two in Beantown. Then after another loss in Vancouver, and another win in Boston, the Bruins finally upset the Canucks at home by a score of 4-0.
The Vancouver Canucks did not play quality hockey in the Stanley Cup Finals. The lethal offense led by Ryan Kesler and the Sedin Brothers simply did not provide enough offense. Also goaltender Roberto Luongo, or as they call him now, LuBrongo (LeBron James reference), played terrible, having to be pulled from net multiple times.
Earlier in the postseason, the Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens, coming back from a 0-2 defecit again, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With Nathan Horton getting knocked out in Game One, due to a malicious hit by Aaron Rome, David Krejci led the Bruins offense with 23 points this postseason.
One thing that stands out with this Bruins team is that there is not much star power, but yet a bunch of really good players who hustle hard.
Obviously you have the two big guys Tim Thomas and 6'9 defender Zdeno Chara, but besides that nobody really stands out. There are a bunch of guys who hustle their butts off like Nathan Horton, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Michael Ryder, and 43 year old Marc Recchi.
The Bruins also got a lot of help from two youngsters, Brad Marchand, and Tyler Seguin who was actually the #2 pick in this year's draft. The Bruins were able to pick Seguin after a past trade with Toronto.
Despite going into a Game Seven, the Bruins dominated the Canucks. They lost one game in the last seconds and another in OT. All three Bruins' losses were by a one goal deficit. On the other hand, the Bruins won their games by a wide margin including 8-1, 5-2, 4-1, and 4-0 victories. In the series the Bruins outscored the Canucks 23-5, how that went seven games i don't know.
The Boston Bruins definitely deserved to win Lord Stanley's Cup more than the Vancouver Canucks, congrats to them!