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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.

738 Comments

  1. Lafrich says:

    Last 5 games were 21-4 Bruins. Good job Vancouver. Good job Luongo.

  2. EricInStL says:

    So you know what Vancouver was missing A VETERAN to calm them down. Who did they have ? NOBODY. That’s why you get a veteran for whom the team can rally for.

  3. Snair11 says:

    Well we now have a benchmark of what’s expected of us in our division next season. And I think we can beat them with a healthy team any day of the week!

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …goona be a lot of ‘splainin’ to do to his Canuck friends and neighbors in BC …but what a year for 43 year old Mark Recchi …what a WAY to finish a hockey career

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

  5. adam76 says:

    I love Boon going on about Van sucking – they went to game 7 for christ sakes.

  6. OneTimer says:

    Dr Recchi doesn’t deserve the glory of going out on a Stanley Cup win >:(

  7. punkster says:

    Has the rioting started yet?

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  8. HabFanSince72 says:

    What will Mike Gillis do this summer? Surely he needs to re-tool. Can he trade Luongo? Who will he keep among his defencemen?

    Should he try to trade the Sedins? Say to Pittsburgh for Malkin? To the Devils for their first pick?

  9. Duracell3 says:

    They did it, the Bruins finally put a dent in it.

    Only 18 more to catch up lol.

  10. mb says:

    I guess it’s time I turn the TV off.

  11. Steven says:

    Who woulda thought…

  12. slychard says:

    Was that Ratchand bagging on the glass taunting Vancouver fans after the goal. Classy.

  13. HabFarmer says:

    Think I’ll watch a movie, something medieval and nasty – that should do the trick.

  14. LL says:

    Well I didn’t think Boston would win a cup this year. I thought they were too disorganized and their PP sucked too much to win. But they survived 4 rounds. Gotta give them credit. Floppy with his unorthodox style and having a stellar D around him, still wanted it more than his opponents.
    I wish they had won without the goonery, then they would have had respect to go along with the glory.

  15. OneTimer says:

    What a terrible game

  16. Toe Blake says:

    They should have pulled Lubrongo four games ago!

  17. LA Loyalist says:

    This is like barfing with duct tape over your mouth – only in a bad way.

  18. gmd says:

    Well at least this means Dr. Recchi is retiring.

  19. tagomagotexas says:

    poor officiating isn’t enough of an excuse.

    i hate to say it, but it’s the bruins that have played with all the heart in the series. vancouver has a whole city behind them, and for what? no heart, no courage. if you have a problem with the calls, for god’s sake, take a stand.

    the bruins play dirty, yes, but they also know what it takes to win. the better team won.

  20. Toe Blake says:

    Hey, the Habs beat the ‘nucks twice this year. Why did anyone think the Bruins would lose to them?

  21. habsgod says:

    does anyone on here still want ROBERTO LOUCHOKO ON OUR HABS? I DIDN’T THINK SO! I’D TAKE CARY PRICE OVER LOUCHOKO ANYDAY!

  22. PrimeTime says:

    C’mon clock…get this over with! Worst quality final series in memory.

  23. saskhabfan says:

    Safe to say our habs were the best team the bruins faced in the last 2 months?

  24. EricInStL says:

    So BOTH teams are thugging it OK.

    BOTH teams have ahole players, that will do what it takes.

    Burrows or Marchand, Bieksa or Lucic. Don’t let your bias blind you. Every team has a couple except the Canadiens.

  25. habsfan0 says:

    I wonder what the suicide rate will be in Vancouver tonight/tomorrow?

  26. adam76 says:

    This league lost a TON of credibility over how this series has been called. An embarrassment.

  27. TheLogician says:

    read the below (from bruins site), and try to convince yourself that it could have happened any other way…

    “Jeremy M. Jacobs is theowner of the Boston Bruins
    “He
    has served as Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors since 2007 and serves on its Executive Committee. “

    • EricInStL says:

      yup hopefully Molson will try to get on a committee or 2…..

    • habs11s says:

      He can’t be that bright, apparently he’s supported George W Bush financially through one of Bush’s presidential campaigns
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      “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  28. Toe Blake says:

    The Canucks just bite!

  29. TomNickle says:

    The Canucks looked no better than the Islanders, Senators, Oilers or any of the other cellar dwellers in the last five games of this final. Truly a pathetic performance.

  30. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    So, uhhhh, hey. I just started watching the NHL and I’m not sure whats a penalty, can anyone here tell me? LMFAO.

    • JohnBellyful says:

      A penalty is a theoretical construct which posits that ignoring random acts of violence within a confined space substantiates the existence of a uncaring deity. Page 24, NHL Rulebook, 2009 (the Braille version).
      Or something like that.

  31. punkster says:

    That’s nuts. Clear interference plus 2 head shots on one shift and nothing called.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  32. SUMO says:

    Just a thought; JM’s favorite mantra after almost every game is special teams and goaltending. Well the Bruins goaltending was solid throughout the playoffs but their Power Play? This is just an observation not a condemnation of JM.

    This is easily the best Canucks team I’ve seen in +30yrs and they still lost. When your goalie is calling out the other teams goalie for not given you enough “respect” during the series, you have to wonder if Bobby Lu has the maturity or the mental toughness to get it done. “Hey Roberto, while you’re pumping Timmy Thomas’ tires don’t forget to polish his Conn Smythe.” Long Live the Habs!

  33. EricInStL says:

    Wow putting Higgins on the PP ? Ouch…..

  34. JasonM says:

    This is why the penalty numbers seem not out of balance, late calls gives to the Bruins when it doesn’t matter to the course of the game.

    I’ve seen FAR… FARRRR worse tonight before that Lucic call.

  35. G-Man says:

    The National Thug League has their champs. I hope they’re happy.
    What absolute crap. Worst league championship final ever.

  36. PrimeTime says:

    lol…..unreal!

  37. EricInStL says:

    Here is the NHL last chance penalty.

  38. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …above and beyond the outlandish coddling the Booins have received from the NHL and on-ice officials (but, especially, NHL headquarter) …the Bruins have played outstanding hockey
    …it started to emerge following being down 2-0 to Our Habs …and snowballed from there
    …they were that LITTLE BIT better than Us …but with last year’s humiliation and melt-down against the Phlyers, You had an emotional edge Vancouver can not match
    …if You are unbiased, You must admit the Bruins have played great hockey …something I hope Gauthier is taking notes on WHAT We must do to make Us that Little Bit better than them
    …a Booins team with Thomas, Bergeron, Kresji (?), Marchand, Chara, Seguin, and some other top-10 draft-picks are not only a team of thugs
    …they sure aren’t, nor in future, I am certain, …be chopped-liver
    …Canucks just got beat by a better team

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

  39. habsfan0 says:

    Tomas Kaberle will bring the Cup to Toronto telling gullible fans:”See..I told you I was good”.

  40. DEANDALLEY says:

    Boston is lucky more than good.

    They got past Montreal by one goal. Montreal missed 20 open nets.
    They got past Philly cause they had a sieve in net.
    They got past Tampa cause Horton should have been suspended.
    They will win the Cup cause it is to remain in the US …

  41. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    “Luongo is a UFA in 2023.”

    LMAO! The guy has been overated his whole career. He’s laughing all the way to the bank though.

  42. habs-hampton says:

    Is it a coicidence that Stephen Walkom (Colin Campbells email buddy) was assigned to this game?

    • _Habsoloutly_ says:

      Uhhhh no. It’s not a coincidence.

    • habs11s says:

      Just like the no call or suspension on the Ryder hit on David Jones in the ECF

      or the longest suspension in Stanley Cup final history
      or the no calls on obvious penalties
      or the no call on the Raymond interference play
      or the no suspension for Lucic hitting Spacek from behind

      the list goes on and on…
      _____________________________________________________________

      “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  43. BKAK72 says:

    Boston has played a far more dominant series. They have always been in every game, including the ones they lost in Vancouver. As much as this hurts to say truth is they deserve to win this series.

    Vancouver? Perhaps that (near) collapse in the first round says it all i.e. not really that dominant.

    I hate the Bruins too much to congratulate them. I do respect the win though and that’s very difficult for me to write.

    — HABS INSIDE/OUT R.I.P. –

  44. saskhabfan says:

    And to think,last year any team could have had tim thomas as a salary dump.

  45. habs11s says:

    20 minutes of the trap…..yawn….

    _____________________________________________________________

    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  46. JohnBellyful says:

    The way these playoffs have gone it’s got me to wondering, what did I do in a previous life to deserve this.
    I can never remember how this reincarnation stuff works: Does this now mean my next life will be better?

  47. TomNickle says:

    If Milbury hadn’t traded Luongo to Florida the Bruins may not have had the opportunity to hoist the Cup tonight.

  48. habsfan0 says:

    When the playoffs started I said: “Somehow, someway,Roberto Luongo will find a way to blow it”.

    To bad for Canucks fans, but Luongo is NOT a money goalie.

    Team Canada won the Gold Medal in spite of Luongo,not because of him.

  49. JasonM says:

    Does Lapierre have the most goals for the Nucks in this series?

  50. Toe Blake says:

    Maybe if the Canucks didn’t all try to look like the Most Interesting Man in the World, they would have won?

  51. Propwash says:

    Ironically, the acronym for boat is Break Out Another Thousand

  52. OneTimer says:

    Tim Thomas is a wall. Dude deserves the Cup.

    All the other Bruins can go rot in hell. Marchand and Chara in the lowest circle. And Ference. And Recchi. And…

  53. TomNickle says:

    Bieksa has made more saves in this game than Luongo has.

  54. habsfan0 says:

    I wonder if after the Cup is awarded Don Cherry will break out in tears and say: “Next year it’s the Leafs’ turn!”

  55. JohnBellyful says:

    I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do this but here goes Plan B: I’ve emailed some incriminating photos of the Bruins’ owner and the commissioner to the Rogers Arena with instructions to put them up on the scoreboard if Mr. Jacobs doesn’t cooperate. Don’t be surprised if Boston experiences a sudden swoon in the next few minutes.
    They have my permission to give Thomas the Conn Smythe

  56. DEANDALLEY says:

    I said that as long as Buttman is in control of the NBHL no Canadian team will ever win a Cup!

  57. slychard says:

    Chara high stick no call. Yup. Well done

  58. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Annnnnnnnnnnddddddd Lurch get’s away with another one. Go figure. If a cup win ever deserved an asterisk beside it, it’s this one.

    • habs11s says:

      They’ve received more help then Barry Bonds did…
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      “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  59. Mike D says:

    Nucks are pathetic. Thanks for nothing Lu and co.

    – Honestly yours

  60. JasonM says:

    Terrible referring all series, should have been a call on Chara.

    Gift wrapped to the Bruins.

  61. Mr_MacDougall says:

    Any interest:
    Jason Arnott, Tomas Kopecky, Brooks Laich, Simon Gagne, Marco Sturm, Erik Cole, Jamie Langenbrunner, Joel Ward

    D
    Markov, Wiz, Bieksa, Brewer

    I like Joel Ward and Andrie Markov as my 2 fave UFA.

  62. slychard says:

    F’n Millbury says Canuck tried to draw a penalty from Thomas stick in his face. God

  63. Toe Blake says:

    Michael Ryder is gonna get his name on the Cup. Man, the Habs could have used him against the Bruins, huh?

  64. christophor says:

    The good news: the more Luongo’s stock drops, the less obligated Hockey Canada will feel to give him the net in Sochi, and so the greater the chance Price can win the honour by then. Small victories? Silver lining? Whatever.

  65. PrimeTime says:

    Sad, sad, sad nuck performance. How can you not bring your best game, again?

  66. LL says:

    It would be cool if Vancouver came back to win this. But, somehow I doubt it.

  67. sane hockey fan says:

    Boston is a much better team in this series

  68. D Mex says:

    Honestly, this game is a lose-lose for me :
    – Boston wins, well, I hate the Broons, plus, guys I used to coach with will be shovin’ it up my @$$ for months
    – on the other hand, too may of my friends are Canucks fans, and they will become insufferable pr!¢&s if their team wins

    Truth be told, I am good with being a Habs fan.
    ALWAYS have been.

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  69. saskhabfan says:

    If you think its bad now. Just wait till tomorrow when this site is filled with bruin trolls and endless retromikey posts. Might be a good idea to take the day off from HIO tomorrow people.

  70. Dunboyne Mike says:

    If it weren’t for Thomas, Vancouver wouldn’t even need to play well.

    And if it weren’t for Thomas, we might be looking at Marchand for the Smythe.

    Small but significant consolation.

  71. Chuck says:

    One lousy deflected overtime goal away from sending these pukes golfing.

    One goal.

  72. olematelot says:

    I guess the belief that the Western Conference is superior is just a myth.

  73. Propwash says:

    Funny thing is, I bet if the Habs start doing the gooning thing, the game changes again, and makes it irrelevant once more.

  74. chcscs says:

    PJ Stock is giddy with anticipation.

    On another note, there’s no way Horton could squeeze a water bottle like that unless he was faking it!

    Bill Buckner.

    • habs11s says:

      I like how MaxPac was chastised for going to the movies shortly after his hit and Horton is a ‘hero’
      _____________________________________________________________

      “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

    • EricInStL says:

      Please leave Billy out of this, it wasn’t his fault, more like the manager. Poor Billy, feel really bad for him. Had 2 bad ankles and McNamara (I think) left him in.

      Not his fault.


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