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Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

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Injuries and no-shows by their star players did the Canucks in.
All the Bruins – including the fourth line – played like they wanted the Stanley Cup.
And they got it.
We thought Tim Thomas might be better than Roberto Luongo.
But did anyone expect Brad Marchand to outplay Henrik and Daniel Sedin … by a lot?
In the most important hockey game of their lives, the twins were matching minus-4s. Mike Milbuiry must be pissing himself laughing.
My series turning point?
Dan Hamhuis goes low to check Milan Lucic in the second period of Game 1.
It was the last play of the Stanley Cup final for Vancouver’s steadiest Dman.
Then Kevin Bieksa’s new partner, Aaron Rome, got suspended … and that was the ballgame.
The Bruins had their way in the Vancouver end throughout the series.
Another key: the Vancouver power-play was just putrid.
And history was made: Vancouver became the first Canadian team to lose the Cup on home ice in Game 7.
And Boston became the first team to win three Game 7s – coming back from 0-2 twice.
What the heck, we didn’t really want Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre to get their names on the Cup, right?
Let history record that Boston toughest challenge, en route to the Cup, was beating your Montreal Canadiens.
Three OT losses, including Game 7.
Habs against the Cup finalists this season: 9-6.
We’ll cry all summer long.
And props to the Vancouver fans, who took time out from heartbreak to boo the stuffing out of Gary Bettman.
And showed class by cheering Tim Thomas.

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    • sally122 says:

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  4. knuckle05 says:

    Dr. Recchi says it’s time to take your medicine!

    Hahahahahabs.

    BRUINS = STANLEY CUP GLORY.

    Talk about all your cup wins, Habs fans – the fact is, most of you have never witnessed one…and probably never will.

    • gmur says:

      Boy, talk about fate… The Bruins had to beat the Habs first to win the cup. It’s kind of a rite of passage to greatness. Finally beating the greatest franchise in hockey… that Montreal Canadiens greatness must have rubbed off on the Bruins. But I’ll bet you right now that they will not be back next year. When you need Brad Marchand to carry your club offensively, it’s hard to see a repeat. Look at the fluke offensive stars of the past that disappeared in the seasons following the cup: Max Talbot, to name one. Enjoy it this year! In my mid-life, I’ve seen the cup hoisted 8 times by the Habs. Will you be able to make the same claim about the Broons, knuckles? Or are you already 38 and this is your first?

    • Caballero says:

      I can remember 2, how about you?

    • issie74 says:

      I have seen my Montreal Canadians hoist the Cup 19 times.

      I guess for you this is sweet because you always remember the first one.

      Good Luck in the Future.

      NorthTOHab

  5. bolder says:

    When Chara became a free agent, the Bruins went right after him and signed him to a 5 year deal. What were the Habs doing at the time? Oh ya they were eyeing guys like pylon Gill to play goalie in front of the goalie.

  6. Hab Hater says:

    I don’t know what makes me happier; sad Habs fans or elated Bruins fans.
    The Cup in beloved Boston is long overdue. Boston is Titletown !!
    P.S. Funny that the City of Montreal is outraged by rioting……what short memories you have.

    • isirota1965 says:

      Thanks for the classy posting, “Hab Hater”.

      Miserable as I am about Boston’s win, the Bruins were by far the better team in the series. The Vancouver players about whom people had “questions” before the Series (Luongo, the Sedin twins), well, now those players will have to face even more questions.

      So, Boston has won the Cup. I will console myself with this fact: Even if Boston wins the next 17 Stanley Cups, it will still have less than Montreal.

      • BruinsForever says:

        Unless you just climbed out from under a rock, you would realise that nothing before 1990 counts. Before then the NHL was a glorified beer league. None of those guys, including Bruins teams from that era, could jump out of a time machine and play todays game.
        Go on Youtube and look at games from those eras. It’s a total joke. So no, the cups from those years DO NOT COUNT AT ALL except to old guys. Sorry.

        6/15/11 Forever!

        • Caballero says:

          Yeah a beer league, kind of like what your team is making it again.

        • HabsfaninMA says:

          Hahahaha This is a funny post. Nothing before 1990 counts? Riiiiiiight.
          Tell Bobby Orr that next time you see him at the Garden! Moron.

          Typical ignorant Bruins fan. Being a Bostonian, I see this idiocy all the time. You know what’s even more amusing? The Bruins win the cup, and the fans have nothing better to do than to go on Habs websites and post. Losers!

    • Caballero says:

      It’s incredible that Boston fans are rubbing it in our faces instead of in the faces of the Vancouver Canucks. It’s like your team had sex with Vancouver just to make us jealous or something. Face it Boston, you are not over us hehe.

  7. Sal says:

    Boone said this series turned when Hamius went down, when Rome was suspended, i see it a bit differntly.

    This series turned when the league consciously decided to make vancouver adjust to goon hockey, instead of making the bruins adapt to speed/skill/tough hockey. Compare the Canuck victory over the Sharks, to the Bruin victory over the Canucks. One was a hard fought tough series that highlited two teams that play hockey in the manner in which it was intended. The second was a team whose prime focus is to goon the other team into submission. All the while the league, the press, the pundits, looked the other way. A blatant conflict of interest, went completely unnoticed?! A conflict that wound up directly faciitating one of the league brass’s son’s abilty to carry the most precious cup in sports. In what league, does a player flip the bird to the fans, blame it on a glove malfunction, and, not get suspended? In what league, does a league suspend a COACH one year for spraying fans with a water bottle, and the next year, not suspend a player for the same offence? In what league, does a rookie, Marchand, take libertires with the league’s best players, while a refferee stands two feet away, and doesn’t even give the guy a two minute penalty? Not to mention at least three sucker punches…you get the point…

    This final was/is a disgrace!! The fact that there is not a single sports journalist, Boone excepted, at least on his blog, calling out the NHL for this garbage, is proof they are all chicken shit and in bed with the league. In my 57 years of watching NHL hockey, this year marked a distinct end to the integrity of the game. Hockey has been ruined for life, by this travesty of justice, and, if we on his site, who bleed Habs, are delusional enough to think that the Habs are going to be able to bring a cup back to Montreal under this current regime, WAKE UP!!

    Now that the bruins have won a cup, a tainted cup, but, a cup nevertheless, utilizing goon tactics, the rest of the lemmings in the league will be obliged to follow suit. The Habs, like the rest of teams, will have to subscribe to the principles of good tactics. If that sits well with you, then so be it. I prefer skill/speed/toughness/grit. If you don’t understand the difference then I can only conclude, you haven’t been alive long enough.

    I see it as follows: It’s a corrupt league, with a set agend, and that agenda does not include Canadian teams.They don’t need, or want us, to build hockey in the US. Add to that, good, skilled, solid, tough, physical, unbiased, fairly reffed hockey. If the goal is to build the game south of the boarder, and this series makes that obvious, hockey, the kind that existed up until last night, is a dead.

    Yes, I’m a tad pissed!!!

    Sal from the Hammer

    • D Mex says:

      You’re entitled to be a tad pissed.

      The notion of sportsmanship dictates that opponents and adversaries congratulate, or at least acknowledge, what Boston accomplished down the stretch and thru the playoffs. The problem for true hockey fans, however, raises its head the moment they pause to recognize HOW this was possible. And it is during the moments of pause that nausea begins to set in.

      Like you, I’ve been around a long time : I attended games at the original Forum and can remember a time when Boston paid rent to occupy the cellar in a 6-team league. Truth be told, it’s good that the league evolved, first to 12 teams and then beyond, and has made big strides toward parity along the way. But then I pause to recognize the absolute nonsense that stands in opposition to extracting a dead franchise from the desert and placing it into a thriving hockey market. And this is NOT good.

      The NHL’s head knob, Buttman, knows zero about the game and cares less about its integrity in my view, yet was rewarded with a contract extension this season because he understands dollars. So what I’m saying is that, while he may understand business, he has no conscience for the game. This was sadly evident as Campbell’s e-mails were made public and, again, as the first vertebrae snapped during Boston’s march to the cup.

      Nothing was done, and nothing will be done.

      My own belief is that, left unfettered, this clown and his followers will take this sport to places it should never go, and damage it deeply in the process. And this bothers me.

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

    • Tony McLean says:

      Yeah but they’ve done the “John Ashley” enabling before, many times before. The worst era was the Defilers cups in 74 & 75.

      All the more reason for Canadiens to refocus with a new GM & coach and a couple of Fergies or Nilans. If they expect Patch to do it on his own he’ll just be targeted for injury again.

      http://mcl-blog.blogspot.com

    • HabsfaninMA says:

      All totally true. Jeremy Jacobs is one of the most influential people in all of hockey. I’m sure that had nothing to do with the Bruins’ preferential treatment! It was embrassing.

      Oh, but don’t Bruins fans this. This team is the best ever – a good and virtuous team that never does anything wrong. hahaha As for the goonery, that is what the Bruins fans want and like. They cheer more for fights than when a goal is scored. I live here, and trust me, these fans don’t care about real hockey.

  8. Julie H says:

    Tears don’t win cups, goals and great goaltending win cups. Also not choking at home in front of your fans. That’s always a plus.

    ♪Your cares and troubles are gone. There’ll be no more from now on. From now on happy days are here again, the skies above are so clear again. So let’s sing a song of cheer again. Happy times, happy nights, happy days are here again♪

  9. BruinsFan50 says:

    “Let history record that Boston toughest challenge, en route to the Cup, was beating your Montreal Canadiens.”

    Don’t flatter yourselves. Tampa gave the Bruins a much tougher time of it than the diving Canadiens.

  10. HabinBurlington says:

    I turned the game off after the 2nd period, I had already seen the Fat Ugly Lady Singing in her Bruin Jersey.

    I didn’t watch any highlights this morning, as I refused to allow myself to see any Bruin carry the cup.

    I open up what used to be a Hab webpage and I see a Gorilla of Epic proportions carrying the cup…… WHY!!!!!!

    I will congratulate the Bruins on winning, pains me to do so, but they won the cup. For all the reasons all of us have stated, they still won the cup. This only fuels my hatred of all things Bruin, and I am hopeful PG, JM, Geoff Molson and the entire Habs organization feels the same way. Lets recreate the 70’s and show them how a classy team wins the CUP.

    Unforgiveable that picture of Chara Boone, you have killed my heart.

  11. Curtis O Habs says:

    I barfed all over my TV when C.B.C. interviewed Gregory and Colin Campbell.

  12. DD says:

    I believe in giving credit, where credit is due…so I congratuate Colon Campbell and the Bettman Bruins for their top notch goon/ Dog/Pony show to steal the Cup.

    • B915 says:

      DD=Dumb Dumb comment

      • slamtherimtim says:

        too bad Bruins fan dont have a website to go to , get a life

      • HalifaxHabs says:

        why were’t you here posting snide comments every day last year after the Bruins had one of the worst choke jobs in history, and the Habs were on to the next round?

        oh right, because you’re a pathetic loser with nothing better to do. If this is how you celebrate your team winning a cup, you must be the biggest douche bag alive.

  13. MontrealAtheist says:

    At least Vancouver is the best at something, even if it’s just riots and police car torchings.

  14. smiler2729 says:

    Boone, you mention the “nightmare of Chara skating the Cup around the ice” and then you post a pic of it. Why not just post a pic of a Canuck player crying instead of subjecting us to more Bruin crap?

    This has been the worst post-season of NHL hockey I’ve ever witnessed and without a doubt the dullest, most embarrassing Final.

    On to Habs off-season stuff, let’s go!

    “If the Bruins played the Taliban, I’d root for the Taliban”

    • B915 says:

      enjoy your summer and picture Chara skating with the cup, maybe it would have the Habs if they could have won game 7 in Boston and then we might have seen some real hockey right?

      • Chris F says:

        Hey B915, revel in the fact that the gooins win will always be remembered for being the “tainted” win. Lucic the cross checking bafoon, Ference getting suspended???? Boychuck and Chara almost killing two men, Thornton simply showing his Boston class, Neely and Julien……………well, c’mon, these guys are the definition of meathead. Marchand, how can anyone cheer for such a rat face coward.
        Your team won the worst cup final in recent history. Nobody wanted your team to win outside of the armpit that is Boston. Do everyone a favor and crawl back into your hole, troll.

  15. Bad Digestion says:

    Well done Bruins , Bettman, Campbell, all the refs! Now take that cup and , you know how the rest goes….

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …My Kids wanted Me to take them to the party in downtown Vancouver or alternately at the Surrey Central big screens …and I almost relented, ,,,yet finally came to the apparently ‘wise’ decision that these post-game crowd dynamics were too risky especially at Their ages …received a lot of moans and frowns …but wound up looking like the ‘wise old man’ rather than the ‘soul-sucker old man’ They had been making Me feel like
    …would be really interesting someone studying the societal causes for these brainless outbreaks of senseless violence and vandalism …completely embarrassing a great city and province
    …the contrast to the wonderful crowd behavior during the Winter Olympics and gold medal game was like day and night
    …repugnant and a black-eye for all British Columbians, whether innocent or guilty

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY
    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=423049

    • The Cat says:

      Yet all we hear around here is how Philly and Boston fans have no class.

      [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  17. Everlasting1 says:

    Ownage lol
    Methinks we’ve witnessed a team who’ve gelled just in time to become the most formidable hungry bunch and makes no apologies for it lol Rooks n’ Vets alike playing at the top of their game, and the refs under wears.

    The Sedins fell short in rising to the occassion and couldn’t score if their manhoods depended on it lol overwhelmed by a posse of Hortonless Whos and a stingy Grinch of a goalie who’s heart grew 10 times bigger by the eve of. ‘Lucky’ Tim took Connie Smythe home. The Bitter End :P

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  18. SeriousFan09 says:

    Wow, is Vancouver embarassing the entire country or what?

    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
    SF09 on Twitter

    • EricInStL says:

      I remember being downtown after the 86 and 93 cup wins, and everything was going great, until we spotted the criminal gangs. Was quite easy to spot. 1st no one was wearing jerseys and the other they weren’t celebrating + they had back packs. They knew where they were going and what to do. At one point my friend just went to a cop and asked why don’t you do anything, they are right there waiting. And the cop said mind your own business.

      Quebec is per capita the province that spends the most on security, yet won’t do a damn thing when criminal gangs are at play. They are affraid of bad press. Sad.

  19. EricInStL says:

    Aren’t you supposed to be mellow on weed?


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