The Boston Bruins had stayed 39 long years for one more drink from the Stanley Cup, and Tim Thomas was terribly thirsty.
They came out with the championship they desired when the Bruins and their luminous goalie barged into an antagonistic Canadian rink enclosed by one more 100,000 screaming followers outside for Game 7.
Thomas created 37 saves in the next lock out of his landmark finals presentation, Patrice Bergeron and rookie Brad Marchand achieved two goals apiece, and the Bruins strike the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 Wednesday night for their first championship since 1972.
Thomas said, “I think I went even further than I thought. I never envisioned three Game 7s in one playoff series and still being able to come out on top.”
Bergeron achieved the ultimate game-winner in the first period and added a short-handed score in the next to stay the Cup away from the Canucks, who have never succeeded it in closely 41 years of life. Roberto Luongo, star goalie once more failed to match Thomas’ brightness, providing up 18 goals in the previous five games of the finals.
Mark Messier and the New York Rangers won Game 7 in last Final appearance of Vancouver in 1994. Thomas hushed the NHL’s uppermost-scoring team, removed closely four decades of Bruins playoff blunder and dissatisfied a whole Canadian city.
Thomas said, “All the physical work we’d done throughout the whole series added up. Being the last series, we didn’t save anything, and we used that physicality again and that was the difference.”
Bergeron included a Stanley Cup ring to his gold medals from the Olympics and the world championships. He achieved his first aim of the Finals late in the first period on a shot Luongo observed belatedly, and Merchand included his 10th goal of the postseason in the next before Bergeron’s short-handed aim, which mysteriously slid under Luongo.
The Bruins are the first NHL team to win a Game 7 three times in similar to postseason, and they drew one more dose of motivation from Nathan Horton, whose concussion in Game 3 irreversibly altered the series momentum.
After the injury of Horton the Bruins rallied for four wins in five games.
When the game was finished, angry, drunken followers in Vancouver ran wild. Parked cars and garbage cans were put on fire, cars were tipped over and beer bottles threw by people at big television screens.
Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said, “It’s terrible. This city and province has a lot to be proud of, the team we have and the guys we have in here. It’s too bad.”
Stanley Cup Finals – BRUINS VS. CANUCKS
Bruins win series 4-3
Game 1: Canucks 1, Bruins 0
Game 2: Canucks 3, Bruins 2 (OT)
Game 3: Bruins 8, Canucks 1
Game 4: Bruins 4, Canucks 0
Game5: Canucks 1, Bruins 0
Game 6: Bruins 5, Canucks 2 Game 7: Bruins 4, Canucks 0