Congratulations to the Boston Bruins
2011 Stanley Cup Champions
The last time the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup was 1972, in the good ole days of Bobby Orr.
Boston fans have waited a long time to see success return to bean town.
Perhaps it was Nathan Horton who solved his team’s woes a couple hours before Game 7.
Horton suffered a severe concussion from a vicious too-late hit in Game 3. His injury caused him to miss the rest of the series, but his "brilliant idea" may have done the trick in helping his team to win its final "away" series game.
He gave the team "home-ice" advantage by squirting a bottle full of melted ice from the Bruins’ TD Garden on the Rogers Arena ice surface, where the Bruins had failed to win in their three prior attempts.
It did the trick.
It was an exciting and well-played game as Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored 2 goals apiece with the final score revealing a 4-0 shutout for Boston.
Scrapper, Brad Marchand had the prettiest goal of the game as he breezed behind the goal posts and snuck this shot past Vancouver Goalie, Roberto Luongo.
A beautiful play.
Marchand had "the series of a lifetime" as he set a rookie playoff record for most goals scored. Seasoned players, Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi put in solid gold performances to help secure the win for Boston.
But the hero of the games and winner of the Conn Smythe trophy for Most Valuable Player, is of course
Tim Thomas who did an outstanding job between the posts.
He is a fierce protector, the stabilizing force of the entire team. A well-deserved win for such a competitive and classy player.
Much respect must be given to the Vancouver Canucks who played outstanding hockey throughout the seven games and made it one of the most exciting series ever...thank you Vancouver!
Thank you Boston Bruins!
How sweet it is!
During these celebrations, I think of my father who was, undoubtedly, the biggest Boston sports fan who ever lived. He watched every baseball, basketball, football and hockey game ever aired on Boston television. And despite the fact that all of these teams came up short in their quests for championships, my father loved them all just the same. He waited his entire life to see one of these teams bring home a championship.
My father passed away in 1999, just after Weston was born. (A post for another time). I am so disappointed that he never got to see our teams deliver so many wins to their faithful fans after so many years coming home empty-handed.
So again congratulations to the Boston Bruins
And to Dad.....this win's for you!