Stanley Cup commentary by Mike Lopresti in yesterday’s USA Today was headlined, “Game 7: Theater of absurd.”
It certainly was….as was the aftermath.
The Boston Bruins became the first team to win a Game 7 on the road in a championship round in major sports history since the Penguins beat the Red Wings in Detroit in 2009. Not impressed? Look behind the Pittsburgh victory and find the accomplishment had not happened prior to that for three decades.
The Boston Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win a Game 7 three times in the same postseason.
The Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup since 1972. Their goalie, Tim Thomas, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP. Never was anyone more deserving of that award than Thomas. The Canucks only scored eight goals off him the entire series – two of his four wins were shutouts. He stayed resolute even after his team fell behind in the series 0-2. He was obviously convinced his team would ultimately prevail…and they did.
I will always maintain this Cup run was semi-forged during the prior postseason when the Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead to the Flyers. That kind of thing sticks with an organization…and you either learn from it…or burn about it.
And speaking of burning…here’s a story from North of the Border about how some Vancouver folks felt about the Bruins learning…and winning. Apparently, the violent post game show in the streets of Vancouver should not have been as unexpected as one might think. I don’t recall coverage during the Winter Olympics last February of a near-riot, do you?
Can’t blame Canuck supporters for being a tad upset with their squad last evening…the best offense in the league was once more held in check. The goalie that helped win Canada a Gold Medal during those Olympics was left to fend for himself…not such a good idea since he already had been pulled more than once in the Finals.
Even the most “active” Vancouver supporter had to admit by the end of the night the better team not only won the game but the series. Being outscored by 23-8 is fairly convincing, eh? Vancouver’s city and hockey team both have some work to do before next season…
…which will begin with training camps in only a few months time. And we’ll do it all over again. In the interim…enjoy Boston.