Boston Bruins Win 2011 Stanley Cup
Boston fans rejoice! After a hard-fought run, the Boston Bruins have finally won the Stanley Cup championships. The Bruins shutout the No. 1 ranked Vancouver Canucks 4-0. Boston is the second winningest team in the NHL with five championships, but its last came 39 years ago in 1972.
The first team to score has won every game in this series. The home team has also come out victorious in each game, but not this time. Patrice Bergeron scored with just over five minutes left in the first and Brad Marchand netted another point in the middle of the second period, his 10th of the playoffs. With 27 seconds left on a penalty kill, Bergeron wristed a shot into the net for his second goal of the night.
The Bruins went into the second intermission with a solid lead over the home team in the ever-hostile Rogers Arena.
With two minutes left in the game and an empty net, Marchand scored his second of the game to cement the win. Tim Thomas made 37 saves to Roberto Luongo’s 17 to cap off a stellar season.
With this championship, Boston has become the first city to have all four of its major-professional sports teams win a championship since 2000. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and 2007; The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2001, 2003 and 2004; and The Boston Celtics won the NBA championship in 2008.