BOSTON - Over the course of the past decade, the Boston Bruins have played in three Stanley Cup Finals. However, the only won that they proved victorious in was the 2011 affair against the Vancouver Canucks.
The series got off to a rough start for the Bruins as the Canucks took game one and game two by the respective scores of 1-0 and 3-2. Game two went into overtime, at that. The Bruins rallied back in a major way, however, by clobbering Vancouver in game three at home by a score of 8-1.
Boston also blanked the Canucks in game four, 4-0, but Vancouver blanked them right back in game five with a 1-0 victory. With the Canucks commanding a three games to two lead, the Bruins' backs were against the wall. But they came out fighting in game six to win 5-2 and force a game seven in Vancouver.
The game was absolutely electrifying, as it seemed like Vancouver was dominating on the ice. And, to be honest, they were. By the end of the game, the Canucks had 37 shots on goal, compared to the Bruins' 21 attempts. However, Boston just managed to get better looks and better luck along the way.
At 14:37 in the first period, Patrice Bergeron finally got the scoring started with his fifth goal of the post-season. The assist came from Brad Marchand, his eighth in the playoff run. In the second period, the game broke wide open thanks to Bergero and Marchand. The Bruins took a 2-0 lead after Dennis Seidenberg and Mark Recchi assisted Marchand for the goal. Seidenberg and Gregory Campbell combined to assist Bergeron's next goal at 17:35 in the second period for a 3-0 lead.
With a dominant margin, Boston took the game into the third period where Marchand notched his eleventh goal of the post-season late into the game on an unassisted play. The Bruins wound up winning 4-0.
It was more competitive than the score would indicate, but the Bruins prevailed because of Tim Thomas playing out of his mind in the net. He saved all 37 shots the Canucks took at him, en route to winning series MVP honors.
As the game that marked the Boston Bruins' only championship of the entire decade, it has to receive a spot on the list. That 2011 Bruins squad was surely something special and I'll never forget the euphoria I had that summer when I finally saw them win it all.
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