Since February 3rd, 2002, the city of Boston has seen three Super Bowl champions, Two World Series champions, an NBA championship, and now a Stanley Cup championship. (You can also throw in three NCAA Men’s Hockey championships.)
10 years, 10 titles (7 professional). That’s a run.
The Bruins became the latest addition to the championship run with their 4-0 game seven win over the Vancouver Canucks last night, taking home their first Stanley Cup championship since 1972.
Bruins reign supreme – Steve Conroy has the long wait blissfully over. More game stories from Fluto Shinzawa | Matt Kalman | Joe Haggerty | Greg Beacham (AP) | Mike Loftus | Mick Colageo | Rich Garven | Ian Clark | Douglas Flynn | Kirk Minihane | DJ Bean
Bruins earn their hockey immortality – Joe Haggerty says that three words describe this Bruins team – Depth, character and toughness. Stephen Harris says that the supposed mismatch between Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Kesler looks silly now. Kevin Paul Dupont has the hit on Nathan Horton in game three as the turning point of the series. James Murphy has five takeaways from a classic series.
Teamwork, resilience delivered Cup – Jackie MacMullan says that the Bruins workmanlike perseverance brought them together to end the Cup drought. Some other columns from those who don’t usually write about hockey: Bill Reynolds | Vin Sylvia |Dan Shaughnessy (gulp) | Steve Buckley | Bill Burt
A dream postseason for Brad Marchand – Dan Duggan looks at a dream postseason for the Bruins rookie. Cam Tucker has Marchand and Bergeron proving to be a potent 1-2 punch last night. Hannah Becker has coach Claude Julien relishing the moment. Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins probably still don’t full grasp what they have accomplished.
A long series ends poorly for Luongo – Amalie Benjamin has the Canucks goalie coming up small once again. Matt Kalman says that the Bruins did not take pleasure in the failures of the Canucks. Scott Burnside says that Luongo and the Canucks were decidedly average on the big stage.
As he wanted, Recchi goes out on a high note – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has the veteran ending his career as a Stanley Cup Champion. Steve Conroy in the Herald notebook, has Nathan Horton making a contribution pre-game. The Bruins Journal has Bergeron notching two goals in the clincher. The Telegram notebook has more on Horton importing some Garden ice to Vancouver. The CSNNE notes have more on Recchi calling it a career.
To answer yesterday’s question about the ratings – the overnights are in, and the game did a 43.4 rating with a 64 share locally in Boston. It’s the highest rating for a hockey game on record in Boston.
Bruins/Canucks averaged a 28.1/44 for the series in Boston. Last year’s Celtics/Lakers seven game series averaged a 25.0/40. It’s even more impressive when two of the Bruins games were on Versus.
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