Coming into the 7th and final game of the 2011 NHL Playoffs, each game of the Stanley Cup finals have two things in common. First thing is that all games have been won by the home team and the second thing is that all games have been won by the team who scored first. But for the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup they needed to break that stat and win on the road in Vancouver. So how did game 7 turn out between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins?
Well this game had full of intentional hits and jabs, and only 3 penalties. The all important first goal went to Boston this time as Patrice Bergeron scored his 1st goal this series. Then in the 2nd period Brad Marchand added to the Bruins lead. But 5 minutes after that Bergeron put the nail in the Canucks coffin when he scored a shorthanded. Canucks had a bit of a jump in their feet near the end of the second period, with multiple opportunities for possible goals. Marchand added to his stunning playoff total with an empty netter at the end of the game.
A couple interesting food for thought comments I want to make. First is that this the last appearance of Mark Recchi’s career. Also, when was the last time we saw a 2nd overall draft pick win the Stanley Cup in his rookie year? Well Tyler Seguin accomplished that tonight. Very appropriate, Recchi ends his career with a cup, while Seguin is just getting started in his career.
Tonight we saw the Bruins to be the first team ever to win 3 game 7’s in the playoffs.
After two Canuck wins it looked improbable for Boston to come back and win, but look what happened.