Boston Bruins Hoist Stanley Cup, Defeat Vancouver 4-0 In Game 7

The Bruins, led by Tim Thomas, took home Lord Stanley's Cup on Wednesday night, disappointing the home crowd in Vancouver.

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Boston Bruins Win Stanley Cup, Tim Thomas Takes Home MVP

Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins have reached the promised land, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

After an enchanted regular season, Thomas continued his dominant performances as the B's raced through the playoffs. The Bruins goalie had 761 saves during the four rounds of the playoffs, which was the most in NHL history.

The Conn Smythe trophy was well deserved for Thomas, who has come a long way from his college days at the University of Vermont, where he played alongside Martin St. Louis

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both scored two goals apiece for Boston in the decisive game seven, putting the Bruins on the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972.

Fans were jubilant in Beantown and inconsolable in Vancouver, where they were flipping cars and throwing beer bottles at television screens after the final buzzer sounded on Wednesday night.

For fan celebration, check out Stanley Cup Of Chowder.

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Stanley Cup Finals Schedule: Boston Goes Home Down 0-2 To Vancouver

Word is over 100,000 people were in the streets of Vancouver celebrating after the Canucks beat the Boston Bruins to take a 2-0 lead in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. While we appreciate the Canadian enthusiasm, if there's one thing we know about NHL hockey it's that no lead is safe and it's not like Vancouver has dominated the first two games the way Detroit did to Phoenix in the first round. The Canucks have just a two-goal advantage through two games.

The series returns to Boston where the Bruins will hope their home crowd can provide some kind of lift. Barring that, the hope is that the randomness of hockey shifts in their favor and they get a lucky bounce or friendly call. It's interesting to see all the talk of the Canucks dominating the Bruins in this series given how close the first two games were. Let's see what happens in Game 3.

Game 3 of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins starts at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on VERSUS and CBC. If Boston can win this one, they are right back in the series.

The remaining schedule for the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals follows:

Game 4 - Wednesday, June 8 at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 5 - Friday, June 10 at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 6 - Monday, June 13 at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 7 - Wednesday, June 15 at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC, CBC, RDS

* If needed

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Vancouver Canucks fans attempt to hang a towel on the statue of former Canuck coach Roger Neilson after the team's 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals, Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver leads the series 2-0. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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NHL Stanley Cup Finals Schedule: Vancouver Up In Thrilling Fashion, Boston In Bind

The 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals started in thrilling fashion. The Vancouver Canucks thrilled their rabid fans with a goal Raffi Torres goal with just 18.5 seconds left in the third period. The Canucks took a 1-0 lead over the Bruins which also happened to be the final score in Game 1. 

The Bruins will have a couple of days to practice and take in the beautiful city of Vancouver before they strap on the skates and hit the ice for Game 2 on Saturday.  Hopefully the Canucks will use the time to make sure Alex Burrows is well fed before the next game. He avoided suspension for biting Patrice Bergeron in a rather strange act of hockey violence. 

Game 2 of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals is set for Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC, CBC and RDS.

Here's the You Tube video of the Raffi Torres goal:


The remaining schedule for the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Finals follows:

Game 3 - Monday, June 6 at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Game 4 - Wednesday, June 8 at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 5 - Friday, June 10 at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 6 - Monday, June 13 at Boston, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 7 - Wednesday, June 15 at Vancouver, 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC, CBC, RDS

* If needed

The Stanley Cup Finals are ongoing, as the Vancouver Canucks battle the Boston Bruins. For coverage on the Finals, stick with our Stanley Cup Finals hub, our Canucks blog, Nucks Misconduct, and our Bruins blog, Stanley Cup of Chowder.

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