Stanley Cup Finals: Day 7

Tim Thomas made the most of a rebound year by winning the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tim Thomas made the most of a rebound year by winning the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 3 Boston Bruins
GAME 7: VAN 0 – BOS 4

VANCOUVER – There arguably isn’t anything better than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Win and you’re on top of the world; lose and, well, it will feel like the longest trip home you’ve ever taken.

The Finals series has seen the home team win in every game. Roberto Luongo allowed only two goals in the previous three games in Vancouver while he has given up 17 on the road. Tim Thomas, on the other hand, only allowed eight goals total in the previous six games.

This game, though, broke all the trends. It was all Boston from the first period on.

Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring at 14:37 and the first ended with a 1-0 Bruins lead.

Boston added to it in the second when Brad Marchand scored and Bergeron added his second on a shorthanded strike.

Marchand tallied his 10th of the playoffs on the empty net with 2:44 remaining in the game.

The Canucks were unable to slip one past Thomas as he recorded his fourth shutout of the postseason and finished it with a 1.98 goals-against average and .940 save percentage. He deservedly won the Conn Smythe trophy for his performance.

The Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years and sixth in franchise history.

SERIES: 4-3 Boston

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Categories: Ice Hockey, NHL, Sports, Stanley Cup Finals, Stanley Cup Playoffs

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