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Go Figure: Bruins bring home the Cup

by John Kreiser /
For the first time since the days of Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, the Boston Bruins are Stanley Cup champions.

The Bruins completed a rally from 2-0 and 3-2 series deficits by beating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 of the Final at Rogers Arena, giving Boston its first Stanley Cup since 1972, when the Bruins beat the New York Rangers in six games.

Here are some of the key stats and figures from the 16th Game 7 in the history of the Stanley Cup Final:

0 -- Wins by the Canucks in their three trips to the Final. The Canucks also lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers in Game 7 in 1994 and were swept by the New York Islanders in 1982.

1 -- Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final in the Bruins' franchise history. Boston had never gone to a seventh and deciding game in its first 14 trips to the Final under the best-of-seven format.

2 -- Americans who have won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Playoffs. Boston goaltender Tim Thomas became the first American to win the trophy since the Rangers' Brian Leetch in 1994.

2 -- Shutouts in the Final for both Thomas and Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, just the second time goaltenders on both teams have had more than one shutout in a championship series. In 1945, Toronto's Frank McCool (3) and Detroit's Harry Lumley (2) put up shutouts in five of the seven games.

3 -- Decades in which Boston's Mark Recchi has won a Stanley Cup. Recchi was a member of Pittsburgh's championship team in 1991 and helped Carolina to the only Cup in franchise history in 2006 before earning his third Cup this year.

3 -- Times that home teams won the first six games of the Stanley Cup Final, only to have the road team win Game 7. The only other times it's happened was 2009, when Pittsburgh won Game 7 in Detroit, and 1971, when Montreal won Game 7 in Chicago.

3 -- Game 7s won by the Bruins this spring -- Boston is the first team ever to win three seven-game series on the way to the Cup. The Bruins also beat Montreal in seven games in the first round and Tampa Bay in seven in the Eastern Conference Finals.

4 -- Game 7s in the Final that have ended in a shutout. Boston's 4-0 win was the first shutout victory by a visiting team in Game 7 of the Final. Toronto (vs. Detroit in 1964), Montreal (vs. Chicago in 1965) and New Jersey (vs. Anaheim in 2003) also won the Cup with a Game 7 shutout.

4 -- Goals scored by the Bruins in Game 7, the most ever scored by a visiting team in Game 7 of the Final. Only two previous teams -- the 1950 New York Rangers and 1971 Montreal Canadiens -- had scored as many as three.

5 -- Goals allowed by Thomas in four games at Vancouver -- although Wednesday's game was the only one that he won. Thomas allowed the only goal in a pair of 1-0 losses and was beaten three times in a 3-2 OT loss in Game 2. Luongo also allowed just five goals in the four games at Rogers Arena, but three came in Game 7.

6 -- Stanley Cups for the Bruins since they entered the NHL in 1926. Before Wednesday, the Bruins won in 1929, '31, '39, '70 and '72. They've also lost 12 trips to the Final, including their last five before this year.

7 -- Points in the Final by Boston's Mark Recchi, who had 3 goals and 4 assists, including an assist on Boston's second goal. At age 43, Recchi tied with teammate Brad Marchand for the scoring lead during the Final
8 -- Goals scored by the Canucks in the Final, the fewest ever by a team in a seven-game Final. The previous record was 9, set by both Toronto and Detroit in the Leafs' seven-game victory in 1945.

9 -- Games lost by the Bruins this spring, the most ever by a Stanley Cup champion. The Bruins also won 16, a franchise record for one playoff year.

11 -- Goals scored by Marchand, the most ever by a Bruins rookie in a single playoff year. Marchand had a pair in Game 7, including the empty-netter that wrapped up the win.

11 -- Shorthanded goals scored in this year's playoffs. Six of them, including the one by Patrice Bergeron in the second period on Wednesday, were scored against the Canucks. Boston led all teams by scoring four shorthanded goals.

12 -- Wins by the Bruins this spring when scoring first. The Bruins were 12-2 when they opened the scoring; they were only 4-7 when allowing the first goal.

13 -- Combined shots on goal by the two teams in the first period, the fewest of any period in the series -- the previous low was 16 in the third period of Game 2. Boston's five shots in the opening period matched the fewest by any team in a single period in the seven games.

18 -- Years since a Canadian team has won the Cup. The Canucks were trying to become the first Canadian-based team since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens to take home the Cup.

22 -- Overtime games this spring among the 87 games played, tying 2003 for the third-highest total of all time. The record is 28, set in 1993.

37 -- Saves by Boston goaltender Tim Thomas, giving him record 798 in this year's playoffs. His first save of the night snapped a tie with Kirk McLean, who made 761 saves for Vancouver in 1994, the last time the Canucks went to the Final.

25 -- Games played by both the Bruins and Canucks this spring, one short of the record held by the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers and 2004 Calgary Flames -- both of whom lost the Final in seven games.

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