107 games, and they did it. For the first time since Bobby Orr laced them up, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup. The Bruins came out with a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night and they got to raise the Cup for the first time since 1972. Let’s take a look at the five best moments of the playoffs for the Bruins.
Number Five: Bruins Defeat Canadiens in Overtime
The Bruins had been down 2-1 in the series before their overtime win in Montreal. Michael Ryder played the game of his life, scoring two goals and actually making a game saving save. Ryder scored the overtime winner to tie the series in Montreal, and the Bruins went on to win the series.
Number Four: Bruins Sweep Flyers
It was the same Flyers that knocked out the Bruins last season. The same team that embarrassed them last season. This time, the Bruins wanted revenge. And this time, the Bruins had Tim Thomas. The Bruins won four straight against Philadelphia, including the clinching game in Boston. Milan Lucic scored two goals in the game to lead the Bruins to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Number Three: Horton’s Goal Versus Canadiens
This is magnified because of Horton’s injury, but without this goal and the Bruins are not here right now. Horton scored the game winning goal in overtime to move on to the second round. The goal went over the shoulder of Carey Price, a goaltender who the Bruins could not figure out all series. But the Horton rocket went into the net, and the Bruins went to and won the cup.
Number Two: Bruins go to the Cup
The Bruins defeated the Lightning in game seven by a score of 1-0. Nathan Horton scored that goal, too, as the minutes waned in the third period. Thomas pitched a shutout that night, just as he did tonight.
Number One: The Bruins win the Cup
This is the worst power play to ever win the cup. The only team to ever win three game sevens. Their two best players sidelined with concussions. And they still won. The Bruins are the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Champions. But let’s not kid ourselves, the reason the Bruins won was Tim Thomas. Without him, the Bruins might not even have been a playoff team. With him, they’re champions.