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2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Bruins whirlwind tour drops them, Cup in NYC

Friday, 06.17.2011 / 11:58 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Two commuters stopped at the corner of West 48th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan on Friday, completely shocked by what they saw in front of them.

"That's not the Stanley Cup, is it?" one man, dressed in business attire, asked his friend.

"No, that's definitely not the real thing," the other man responded.

He was wrong. Standing on the busy Midtown intersection was Boston forward Patrice Bergeron, carrying the most famous trophy in all of hockey.

The Stanley Cup was in town.

On Friday morning, Bergeron -– along with teammates Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas, as well as the team’s newest piece of hardware -– had a whirlwind New York City adventure. 
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Cup Final Game 7 earns record viewership

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 2:33 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins
Game 7 generated a 5.7 overnight rating for NBC, tying Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final between the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks for the most-watched Game 7 in League history, according to overnight data released by The Nielsen Company.

It's a 14-percent jump from the last Game 7, in 2009 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

The 5.7 also tied for the second-best rating of any Stanley Cup game in 37 years, just behind the 5.8 rating from Game 6 of last year's Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers.

The game also was the highest-rated Stanley Cup game featuring a Canadian team in 38 years.
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Horton completes surprise trip with Cup hoist

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 3:24 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

"Obviously I didn't feel too good [in the hospital], but I feel pretty good right now. As soon as I got out of the hospital, I knew it was possible."
-- Nathan Horton

VANCOUVER -- The Boston Bruins had struggled at Rogers Arena in the first three games of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

So, injured Nathan Horton made the trip to Vancouver to not only provide emotional support, but he helped bring a little bit of Boston to the ice.

Horton walked out to the Boston bench before the game, and poured some water onto the ice. He said it was some "dirty water" from Boston, in honor of the song played after victories at TD Garden.
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Bruins' Julien answers his critics

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 3:04 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dhiren Mahiban - NHL.com Correspondent

"What they went through during the year, we had some little slumps, we were second-guessed. People didn't think we could do it, but we stayed the course. Never did they let that get in our way."
-- Claude Julien

VANCOUVER – Throughout the Stanley Cup Final, Bruins coach Claude Julien mentioned the support he was getting from New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, all of whom have won at least one championship in the past decade.

Wednesday night, Julien joined that title fraternity with Boston's 4-0 win against Vancouver in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena.

"At least I'm getting in their category, right?" Julien said, joking. "You talk about Bill Belichick coming in to support us. It was so uplifting for our hockey club. Doc, who I see so often in the hallway (at the TD Garden), said the same things to me."
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Cup victory brings Neely's career full circle

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 2:54 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- Cam Neely spent last week celebrating his 46th birthday and the 25th anniversary of a trade that sent him to Boston and kick-started a career that landed him in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Now in his fourth year as an executive for the Bruins, he had a chance to celebrate again Wednesday night -- this time lifting the Stanley Cup for the first time in his long and illustrious career.

"I thought (the Stanley Cup) was going to be heavier, but then I thought maybe it was because I've got so much adrenaline pumping through my body," Neely said after the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. "It is hard to put into words how it feels."
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Thomas caps amazing season with Conn Smythe

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 2:22 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

VANCOUVER – In the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, nobody was in Tim Thomas' league.

"It has got to be up there with the best (performances)," Bruins President Cam Neely said of his goalie just minutes after Thomas led the Bruins to their first Cup in 39 years with a 4-0 victory against Vancouver in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena.
 
"He's elevated his game, especially in the postseason. He had a great year to begin with, but he's been spectacular (in the playoffs). The saves he was making, how calm he was -- he brought it to another level. It was really fun to watch him play."

Thomas made 37 saves Wednesday night to cap a goaltending performance for the ages.
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Marchand caps rookie season with Cup

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 2:15 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- Not only did Brad Marchand become a rookie sensation during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he may have picked up a signature goal celebration along the way.

Marchand capped a spectacular spring with a pair of goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to help his Boston Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena.

"Obviously, you dream of it as a kid, but I never thought it would happen. It was just unbelievable," Marchand said. "Some guys go their whole career without winning it, and to win it my first year is unbelievable."

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Colin Campbell proud of Cup-winning son

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 2:09 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

VANCOUVER -- Decades in hockey have afforded Colin Campbell experiences and memories that he holds close to his heart, including his Stanley Cup ring that he won as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers in 1994.
 
Little did he know the greatest was still to come.
 
It happened Wednesday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
 
Campbell, the NHL's Senior V.P. of Hockey Operations, watched his son, Gregory, raise the Stanley Cup after Boston's 4-0 win in Game 7.
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Ehrhoff hopes to be back with Canucks

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:49 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- There are few players who are completely healthy by the time the Stanley Cup Final rolls around. Canucks defenseman and free-agent-to-be Christian Ehrhoff admitted after Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Bruins in Game 7 that he wasn't one of them.

Ehrhoff suffered a shoulder injury during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks. He said in order to play in the Stanley Cup Final, he needed to take a pain-killing injection in the shoulder before all seven games against the Boston Bruins.

The 28-year-old from Moers, Germany, was minus-7 with just one assist against the Bruins, but he showed the type of toughness teams covet. One of the top unrestricted free agents the Canucks possess said Wednesday that he wouldn't mind staying right where he is.
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Luongo's home magic disappears in Game 7

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:41 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I'm not going to overanalyze things right now. I couldn't get the job done in Boston. All in all, we lost. It's tough to analyze something like that."
-- Roberto Luongo

The magic Roberto Luongo displayed at Rogers Arena throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs wasn't there when the Canucks needed it most.

Luongo's performance in Game 7 won't be remembered for any soft goals or blunders. But on a night when he needed to be perfect, Luongo allowed three goals on 20 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. It was just Luongo's fourth loss at home in 14 games during this postseason.
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I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday