VANCOUVER — What are we to make of the 2010-11 Bruins?
I guess we just shouldn’t think much about it and instead just call them champions.
With a remarkable performance to match their amazing, almost miraculous run to the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins disposed of Vancouver, 4-0, Wednesday night at Rogers Arena to clinch the first Cup title in 39 years.
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece and Tim Thomas made 37 saves for his fourth shutout of the playoffs. Thomas earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the postseason.
Head coach Claude Julien wanted to join the championship coaches that reside in Boston, and now he has.
I think that’s probably what it is. As a coach, you stand here and you’re happy about what you gave people on the outside,” he said after the game. “There is good proof here, my family, my wife and daughter and my parents that came in from Ottawa, my in-laws, and those people growing up had an impact on your life. You want to do it for those people. You want to do it for the players that have sacrificed, and their wives and girlfriends and for the fans in Boston.
“You’re paid to do a job and the job is to succeed. And when you succeed, you’ve made everybody around you your fans and everybody else happy. That’s what I’m doing here is enjoying the moment. I want to see our players have fun with this and they deserve to enjoy that moment. I’m very willing to stand back and just watch them, and that will make my day.”
Here’s a quick glance at the box score before you get tons and tons of more blog posts:
•In what was most likely his last NHL game, Mark Recchi recorded an assist and was plus-3. His linemate Bergeron was plus-4 on the night.
•Marchand added an assist, while Dennis Seidenberg recorded two.
•Daniel and Henrik Sedin were each minus-4. Roberto Luongo made just 17 saves on 20 shots.