At the start of the Finals, I thought the series would go to 7 games, which it did. I thought Vancouver would win and clearly that’s not what happened. In the end, Boston played a lot harder. Though the Canucks have never won the Stanley Cup, the Bruins hadn’t won it in my lifetime, so it’s definitely been a long time since the 1972 Stanley Cup win in Boston.
I thought it would be nice for Vancouver to win the Cup for the first time, but the whole series, I thought Tim Thomas (Conn Smythe winner, Stanley Cup Finals MVP) and his team deserved the Cup more. They were the harder working team and surely won over most fans who went into the Finals undecided about who they wanted to win.
The Bruins outscored the Canucks 23-8 in the 7 games of the Finals even though the Canucks had the same number of shutouts. Each team shut the other out two times, but Luongo and the rest of the Canucks did not rise to the occasion of the Finals and had to watch as the Stanley Cup was awarded to the Boston Bruins.
Alain Vigneault made some errors with keeping Luongo in a bit too long throughout the post season that seemed to come back to haunt him. The way he coached, he didn’t deserve to have his name on the Cup any more than the team that played with a pretty lackluster effort throughout the Finals and most of the playoffs.
I love seeing game sevens in the Stanley Cup Finals, but it’s a shame that many of the individual games weren’t that interesting. The Bruins’ wins were all blow-outs, so the only truly interesting games of the Finals were the first three in Vancouver, which the Canucks won. Tonight’s game was the first the away team won and Boston definitely picked the right time to turn that streak around.
The Boston fans are celebrating tonight, though they probably wish their team could have been awarded the Cup in Boston, so they could have watched it in person. There will surely be a big parade to celebrate the Cup win. Many Bruins fans weren’t alive the last time the Stanley Cup was won by their team. They’ve finally been rewarded.
Great job, Bruins!
Tags: Alain Vigneault, Bruins, Canucks, Conn Smythe Trophy, game 7, Hockey, MVP, NHL, playoffs, Roberto Luongo, shutout, Stanley Cup, Stanley Cup Finals, Tim Thomas
Tonight’s game 4 in L. A. looked like it was going to have to be decided in overtime. The Kings scored the only goal in the 1st period. The Canucks scored early in the 2nd. Then, the Kings scored a couple minutes later, then the Canucks… It went back and forth that way until the Canucks scored two goals in a row thanks to the Kings’ too many men on the ice bench minor penalty. Vancouver hadn’t been able to score on the power play or stop the Kings’ power play in LA during the playoffs this year, but they got their power play and penalty kill going by shaking things up a bit in the line-up. Clearly, what Alain Vigneault did worked.
Henrik Sedin, the number one scorer in the 2009-10 regular season, only had three points in the playoffs this year coming into tonight’s game at Staples Center and none of them were goals. I’m sure Canucks fans think it’s fitting that Henrik Sedin assisted on the Canucks’ first go-ahead goal of the night and scored the goal that won the game for Vancouver. Vigneault had said Monday that his top players needed to be his best players and they definitely stepped up to the plate tonight. Though the Canucks only allowed the Kings to get 26 shots on goal tonight, Luongo was called on to make some very good saves at key times in the game, which definitely had an impact.
The Kings were outshot 37-26 tonight, which is unusual for them. Clearly, limiting shots again is something the Kings will want to work on before facing the Canucks in Vancouver for game 6 on Friday. Getting the Kings’ playoff-leading power play back on track would also be a good thing.
With the series all tied up, the Kings are still in a position where they have to win another game in Vancouver. They’ve won one there already, so they know they can do it. Terry Murray has always been big on sticking to the routine. After examining tonight’s game as usual, the Kings will need to move on to concentrate on their game. They know if they play well they can beat the Canucks. They need to do that two more times to advance to the second round of the playoffs and the Kings are convinced they can do it. Fans of both teams are anxiously awaiting Friday’s game and wondering when they’ll be watching their teams on Sunday.
The game in L. A. was the only game today where the team behind managed to tie the series. Many people may not have expected the Kings to ever lead their series with the Canucks, but the Kings did expect to do well and that might be enough. Kings fans are guaranteed one more game at Staples Center this playoffs. Clearly, they’re all hoping for more. Only time will tell. All the teams can do is prepare as much as possible as their fans hope for the best.
My favorite sign of the night: “got pk?” Unfortunately for Kings fans, the Canucks found theirs.
Tags: Alain Vigneault, Canucks, Henrik Sedin, Hockey, Kings, NHL, playoffs, Roberto Luongo, Staples Center, Terry Murray