The Boston Bruins scored two second period goals, including a shorthanded goal and went onto shutout the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to win the Stanley Cup. The last time the Bruins won the Stanley Cup was 39 years ago, in 1972. Once again Tim Thomas was the story as he stopped all 37 Vancouver shots and won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the most valuable player, Thomas who is 37, is the oldest player to win the trophy.
Vancouver carrying the play early in the final game of the season as the Canucks are much more active at home. Alex Burrows had a good scoring opportunity, but once again Thomas was there to make a big save, and shortly after that Higgins alone on Tim Thomas and the Boston goalie makes pad save. Boston finally got some extended pressure in the Vancouver end with their fourth line; they didn’t have any good scoring chances, but regained some momentum. Boston gets the all important first goal of Game seven, Brad Marchand’s centering pass was shot into the Vancouver net by Patrice Bergeron and Boston had a 1-0 lead. This will have Bruins fans smiling; the team that has scored first in the previous six games has won that game. Boston has leveled the ice after being outplayed early.
The Boston Bruins are twenty minutes away from winning their first Stanley Cup since 1972 as they scored two more goals and they go into the second intermission leading 3-0. Once again early in the second period Vancouver was carrying the play, but it was Boston who has the first scoring chance as Brad Marchand hits the post. Vancouver had a chance to tie the score when Burrows had an open net, but Charo did his best imitation of Thomas and made the stop to preserve Boston’s lead. Marchand would light the lamp later in the period on a wraparound shot that Luongo ended up knocking into his own net, as he continues not to make a big save when the Canucks need it and Boston Led 2-0. Shortly after the Marchand’s goal Mark Recchi had a chance to make it 3-0 when he went in alone on Luongo, but the puck rolled off his stick. Vancouver had a chance to get back in the game when Zedeno Chara was given an interference penalty, but instead of scoring a power play goal, they gave up a short handed goal. Patrice Bergeron scored his second goal of the game on a shorthanded partial breakaway, as he was taken down by Christian Ehrhoff and they crashed into Luongo with the puck sliding into the net and Boston lead 3-0 and the Rogers Arena crowd was stunned. Once again the Sedin’s are a no show.
Vancouver needed to come out strong early in the third period and get an early goal; instead Jannik Hansen took a cheap shot at Andrew Ference and put Boston on the power play at 5:33 of the third period. Boston was not able to capitalize on the advantage, but two more minutes clicked off the clock and it put Vancouver on the defensive. Vancouver activating their defense to try and produce more scoring opportunities, but they can’t beat Thomas. Vancouver was given another chance on the power play on a questionable hooking penalty to Milan Lucic, the refs are trying to get Vancouver a goal, but they were unable to generate any good scoring chances and for all intense purposes the game was over. Brad Marchand finished up the scoring getting an empty net goal with less than three minutes to play and Boston shut out Vancouver 4-0.
Notes: This is the first time a team has won the seventh game in three different series…Boston had 3 shorthanded goals in the series, while Vancouver had only two power play goals.
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Written by Kevin Kelly