Did we miss something?
Amid one of the most entertaining and controversial Stanley cup finals of the past few decades, it seems that rioting and talk of a fix has taken away from what was one of the most historic series of all time. In what was Vancouver’s second game 7 in the Stanley Cup, the Nuck’s of British Columbia had hoped for a second chance at glory. This time around they were favored by a large margin and perhaps the most dominant team in recent memory. With the league’s best power play, highest scoring offense, best defense, and second best penalty kill, it seemed as though the Canucks would be able to win this series in a considerable fashion. However, history and common
sense do not apply to the greatest playoffs in all of sports.
The Bruins were the underdog, a big underdog. They reached the Stanley cup by using their size, goaltending, and opportunistic scoring. With an awful power play and stifling penalty kill the Bruins had to force their opposition into making mistakes. So with history against them and a mix of old and young players, the Boston Bruins had to rewrite the history books in order to call themselves Stanley Cup champions. Mission Accomplished.
For the first time in Stanley cup history a team had won 3 game 7’s in route to a Stanley Cup. This feat was never done before and deservedly so. Playing 25 games after an 82 game season is not easy; in fact it is just about impossible. It not just drains your body; it wears down on your mind. Luckily for the Bruins, they had the perfect mindset and accomplished their goal of being the best.
The Bruins also became the second team in the Stanley Cup, third team in all professional North American sports, to win a championship series after losing their first two games on opposing turf. The funny part of this historic feat is that all three team wore the black and gold (yellow). The Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins were the other two teams.
The individual accomplishments in this series could be considered the really impressive feats. Tim Thomas had what many could consider the most dominate season for a goaltender in history. Thomas set a new single season record for save% and then followed it up with an amazing playoff performance. I might not have this correct, but Tim Thomas let in the least amount of goals in a Stanley Cup final that has gone seven games. Thomas also recorded the most saves ever in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Thomas also became the oldest player ever to win the Conn Smythe. If Thomas goes on to win the Vezina, he will become the second goalie in history to win the Cup, Vezina, and Smythe.
Mark Recchi became the oldest man to ever score in a Stanley Cup final, setting the Mark (THN worthy pun) for all NHL’rs. The final big historic setting was that Zdeno Chara became the second European captain to ever hoist the Stanley Cup.
So even though many have been focusing on the downside of the Stanley Cup and the events after, this was one of the most historic cups of all time. Thanks to the dominant play of Tim Thomas and suprising play by the young guns, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in fantastic fashion.
Now that I have written my piece and praised the Bruins on their victory, I am back to disliking them and can’t wait till the Penguins get their shot at the champs.