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2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Bruins' GM Chiarelli knew team was special

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:40 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

VANCOUVER -- Boston GM Peter Chiarelli knew after Game 3 in Montreal that something special could happen this spring.
"We were down 2-0 (in the series) and we came back," Chiarelli said while standing on the Rogers Arena ice during Boston's Stanley Cup celebration after its 4-0 win in Game 7 Wednesday. "It was in that Game 3 that I saw our resiliency really come to the surface."
He needed it to happen. His job may have been on the line.

East Vancouver native Lucic wins at home

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:34 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dhiren Mahiban - Correspondent

VANCOUVER – Just over four years ago, Bruins forward Milan Lucic was celebrating a Memorial Cup win at the Pacific Coliseum with his Western Hockey League teammates about 15 minutes away from Rogers Arena.

The following season, as a 19-year-old, Lucic joined the Bruins -- who had selected him 50th overall at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft -- for his rookie season.

The East Vancouver native had his dream come true Wednesday night as he, and the Bruins, blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

"It doesn't get any better. It hasn't sunk in yet, but I'm definitely going to enjoy this," he said as his family was joining him on the ice. "It's unbelievable, it completes the resume (to win it) here at home."

Recchi goes out a winner after third Cup

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:09 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

"I hope to stay in the game at some point, but I'm going to enjoy this. I'm going to ride off into sunset and enjoy it." -- Mark Recchi

VANCOUVER -- Mark Recchi's hockey career ended 160 miles from where he first started dreaming of winning the Stanley Cup.
Recchi, Boston's 43-year-old veteran from Kamloops, B.C., announced his retirement on the ice following his third Stanley Cup celebration.
Talk about the perfect way to go out.

First goal goes long way for Bruins

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:08 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

VANCOUVER -- After being shut out in Game 5 and managing just two goals in the first three games at Rogers Arena, the Boston Bruins knew they were going to have to get a goal in relatively short order if they were to win Game 7 and the Stanley Cup.

Patrice Bergeron, as has been his want this season, delivered just what the team needed, scoring the game-opening  goal at the 14:37 mark of the first period. According to Bruins coach Claude Julien, it was the play of Game 7 and the fuel that lit Boston's Stanley Cup fire.

"Scoring that first goal has always been important for our hockey club, as you know," Julien said. "And certainly when we scored that first goal, it did give us confidence, absolutely. Because we hadn't scored here that much and now in Game 7, you're playing with the lead. And we're a team that's done a pretty good job of playing with the lead."

Sedins, Kesler fail to produce against Bruins

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 1:02 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- His jaw trembling and eyes filling with water, Ryan Kesler did everything he could to fight back the tears. He summoned the strength to maintain his composure and took all the blame he could for one of the most devastating losses in the history of the Vancouver Canucks.
"I'm a leader on this team,"Kesler said at the conclusion of a seven-game series that saw him register just one assist.

He swallowed hard, gathered himself and continued his answer.

"I did everything I possibly could today. I can hold my head up high, but it hurts. It definitely hurts right now."

Behind the Rask: Champions at last!

Thursday, 06.16.2011 / 12:36 AM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Tuukka Rask - Boston Bruins


Stanley Cup champion! That has a pretty good ring to it. Don't mind it at all.

To be here with your friends and family and your teammates and win a game 4-0 -- it's an amazing feeling. It's not like any feeling you have ever had. I can't even explain it. My girlfriend was here, she came out with all the families on a plane today and it is nice to be able to share this.

I don't even know what I am going to remember most from this whole experience. It is tough to answer that right now. There's a lot of things. There were so many great teammates. The comebacks in series, the three Game 7s. There are a lot of good memories.

Highlights of the night: Best of Game 7

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 11:20 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

Dhiren Mahiban - Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Boston Bruins ended a 39-year Stanley Cup drought with a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a pair of goals in the win.

Here are some of the night's memorable moments:

Save of the Game: Despite Tim Thomas' heroics throughout the Stanley Cup Final the save of Game 7 belongs to Zdeno Chara. Early in the second period, with the score still 1-0, Chara attempted a pass, which deflected off the stick of Henrik Sedin and right to a wide open Alexandre Burrows in the slot.

Hard work pays off with Stanley Cup for Bruins

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 11:12 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

EJ Hradek - Analyst

The Bruins won the Stanley Cup the old-fashioned way – they earned it. In this series, Claude Julien’s team gave a total team effort. I don’t know if there was a single Bruins player who didn’t contribute to this victory. As the series progressed, the Bruins seemed to get better.
In Game 7, they finally were able to pack their home-ice game and bring it on the road. They were strong in all three zones. Over the course of the seven games, they were able to break down the Canucks.
Goaltender Tim Thomas, who became just the second American-born player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, was spectacular for the Bruins. He gave them confidence at every turn, while leaving the Canucks scratching their collective heads.
It was a strange series for sure. Here are a few thoughts about Game 7.

Record-setting series for Thomas

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 11:06 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

John Kreiser - Columnist

Tim Thomas piled up a host of records while leading the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years.

Thomas' first save of the night, a stop on a shot by Vancouver's Chris Tanev 1:48 into Wednesday night's game, was his 762nd of the playoffs, giving him the mark for the most saves by a goaltender in one playoff year. He broke a tie with Kirk McLean, who made 761 saves for Vancouver in 1994, the last time the Canucks went to the Final.

Thomas finished the night with 37 saves, giving him a total of 798 this spring.

2011 Stanley Cup Championship merchandise available now at

Wednesday, 06.15.2011 / 11:06 PM / 2011 Stanley Cup Final - Canucks v Bruins

NEW YORK -- Official 2011 Stanley Cup® Championship locker room merchandise – the same as worn by members of the champion Boston Bruins® during tonight's post-game on-ice ceremonies - is currently on sale in the Boston Bruins Pro Shop at TD Garden, online at, at the NHL® Powered by Reebok store in midtown New York City and at major sporting goods retailers in Boston, New Hampshire and Rhode Island as early as hours after the conclusion of Game 7.

Modell's retail locations in Boston, including Medford and Newton, will open immediately following the game. Modell's kiosks at Faneuil Hall and Government Center will open at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 16. Other Modell's locations throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island will open at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday.

All Dick's Sporting Goods retail locations in New England will open at 5 a.m. on Thursday. Boston and Worcester area Dick's Sporting Goods stores will be open immediately after the game tonight. Stanley Cup Championship merchandise also will be available at JC Penney, Bob's Stores, Olympia Sports, Macy's, Lids, Champs Sports and Sports Authority.

Stanley Cup Championship Locker Room Hat & T-shirt
The official 2011 Stanley Cup Championship locker room hat, produced by Reebok, features Stanley Cup Champions embroidered on the white cotton twill cap along with the Bruins team logo and woven inserts on the front two panels. An oversized Stanley Cup Final patch appears on the white mesh flex fitted back.

The official 2011 Stanley Cup Locker Championship locker room t-shirt, produced by Reebok, is made of durable, breathable cotton. The white, short-sleeve t-shirt features Stanley Cup Champions and the Stanley Cup trophy graphic screen-printed on the chest, along with the Bruins and Stanley Cup Final logos.
Celebration on Ice Collection
Bruins fans will be able to take part in the celebration with the official 2011 Stanley Cup Celebration on Ice and Locker Room Champions collection, which includes champagne buckets, pennants, flags, and banners, all produced by WinCraft Sports. WinCraft Sports also will offer the official 2011 Stanley Cup Locker Room Towel. All Celebration on Ice and Locker Room Champions items will feature the official 2011 Stanley Cup Champions trophy graphic and the Bruins team logo.
Stanley Cup Championship Book & DVD   
The 2011 Stanley Cup Championship Book (FENN / McClelland & Stewart Ltd.) will be available the week of June 20 at and A perfect gift for every Bruins fan, this full-color keepsake is filled with player bios, statistics, team history, regular season recap, tons of carefully selected photos and provides game analysis for every post season contest. 
The 2011 Stanley Cup Champions DVD will arrive on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack and standard definition DVD July 19 from Warner Home Video (WHV) and the NHL. The DVD will feature full coverage of the Bruins' championship season, including behind-the-scenes action, and will be available online at and wherever DVDs are sold.

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