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Bruins Defy Skeptics, Chief Among Them: ME

All right, I confess I took the bait and I believed the Vancouver Canucks would be marshaled by their raucous crowd, renowned for their rendition of O Canada before every home game at Rogers Arena.

 

However, I will be the first to admit I was bewitched and did not appreciate the true substance of the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins until it was too late.

 

Yes, it had been 39 years since the Bruins had hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup, when they defeated the New York Rangers in six games in 1972's Stanley Cup Finals and no, they had shown me nothing in this series suggesting they could win in British Colubmia's largest city.

 

However, this is probably where hockey genius Don Cherry of CBC would berate me for being silly as he often lauded the Bruins on his Hockey Night in Canada intermission segments while I scoffed.

 

After all, the Canucks had been in complete control all during this postseason, even when defending cup champion Chicago took them to the limit in the first round.

 

In that situation, Vancouver decimated the Blackhawks in Game 7 and soon vanquished Nashville in six games while beating San Jose in the Western Conference Finals only required five contests.

 

The Bruins were taken to seven games in the first and third rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs by Montreal and Tampa Bay respectively, while sweeping defending Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia in the conference semis.

 

Despite their success, I thought Vancouver would mop the earth with the Bruins, but as action unfolded in Game 7, nothing could be farther from the truth.

 

A pair of goals from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand doomed the Canucks, the supposedly more talented team, while Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas boasted a .936 saving percentage throughout the postseason and stonewalled Vancouver when it mattered most.

 

Thomas' Game 7 masterpiece was his second shutout of the series and obviously his mental prowess was too much for the Canucks to overcome as he surrendered only 8 goals in seven games.

 

I am no hockey genius and in turn, no mathematician but those are some pretty impressive numbers.

 

Thus, I can take my lumps like a man and while Boston isn't my favorite team, I can say in good faith, they are deserving recipients of Lord Stanley's trophy.

 

In closing, I must call out Vancouver residents for their illicit behavior in decimating their beautiful city after the loss.

 

All sports coaches I ever had growing up admonished me to be a good sport, regardless of the outcome and obviously Vancouverites did not do this.

 

It pains me to say this, because I've met tons of good people from Vancouver, but man up guys.

 

This behavior is completely unbecoming of you and I expect better in the future.

 

Once again, congrats to the Bruins!



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