Bruins Daily will be taking a look at the top 10 Bruins regular season games of 2010-11, followed by the top ten playoff games of the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Today we take a look at No. 1: Stanley Cup Finals: Game 7, Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins.
What’s better than a one game playoff to decide who gets the privilege to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup? That was what was at stake in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It was the perfecting ending to what already was a strange series.
You had Roberto Lunongo who couldn’t save a beach ball inside the walls of the TD Garden, and the haunting of his post season past in his head. Then the Bruins, who scored just two goals north of the border prior to Game 7.
The game started off a bit slow, with Vancouver failing to capitalize on a few prime scoring chances.
Little more the midway through the first the Bruins struck first on a goal by Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron won the faceoff and sent the puck to Brad Marchand; the talented rookie skated around with the puck for a few seconds till he sent the puck through the slot. The pass went through the legs of Mark Recchi and back onto the stick of Bergeron who fired it into the back of the net giving the Bruins the first lead of Game 7.
The lead would stay 1-0 till the 12 minute mark of the second when Marchand was at it again. No. 63 would collect a loose puck to Luongo’s left skate around the back of the net and score on a wraparound, just sneaking the puck past Luongo’s glove.
Five minutes later Bergeron would put the icing on the cake with his second goal of the game. With the Bruins shorthanded, No. 37 would grab the puck after a crazy bounce of the boards and race in towards the Canucks zone. With a Canucks defender on his back Bergeron was hauled down, the ref was ready to call for the penalty, but the puck somehow trickled past Luongo and into the net, giving the black and gold a huge 3-0 lead.
The game would stay 3-0 Bruins till Marchand sealed the deal with an empty net goal, giving the Bruins their first Stanley Cup Championship in 39 years.
Bruins Goal Scorers: Bergeron-2, Marchand-2
Canucks Goal Scorers: None
Tim Thomas becomes the fourth goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Tim Thomas is the only goalie ever to record a Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals shutout on the road.
Brad Marchand’s 11 playoff goals ties him with Jeremy Roenick for the second most playoff goals scored by a rookie in NHL history.