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Should be a good one. Even though Vancouver’s defense looks thin, I’ll regretfully say they’ll squeak another one out at home.

My plan is to alleviate the tension by seeing a show and watching it on DVR…

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  • Wrye

    The argument that the series makes no sense doesn’t even begin to cover it. It has been a series with some absolutely freakish luck on display that by and large has favoured the Bruins, at least on home ice (I haven’t noticed any Bruins D-men knocking a puck into their own net yet, or Thomas breaking his stick at a key moment, just for instance), so God only knows what might happen tonight. This might cheer you up in the meantime.

    • Davis X. Machina

      An 18-7 discrepancy in goals is a tad large to ascribe to luck, however freakish.

      • Anonymous

        True. But it’s also not nearly as lopsided as that stat suggests.

        • Duvall

          21-7?

  • Anonymous

    It’s all up to Loungo. And it would help if the Sendins did what they’ve done all year except this series

    • Scott Lemieux

      Yup — the series game down to the fact that the Bruins’ two big stars were brilliant and otherworldly, while with the partial exception of Burrows the Canucks stars didn’t do the job.

  • Furious Jorge

    Fuck the Bruins and pretty much everything to do with the Boston sports scene.

    Especially the fans.

  • As a Calgary Flames fan, it is part of my catechism to despise the Canucks and al their works. Besides, I can’t stand Lapierre, he makes me want to join the NHL just to crosscheck him in the face.

    • Scott Lemieux

      Flames fan! Automatically my favorite commenter…

    • bph

      Does anyone like Lapierre? Even his teammates?

      • CapnMidnight

        Burrows likes not being most annoying member of the team. Does that count?

  • 4jkb4ia

    This is looking good here for the punishment of general bullying and sending people to the hospital.

    • bph

      But the Bruins won?!

      This year, to win the cup, you needed to really hurt people.

      • Davis X. Machina

        Also, to lose it.

        Nathan Horton doesn’t get hit, the Bruins lose…until then they were sleepwalking.

  • jeer9

    Happy, happy night! Time for a celebratory drink.

  • wengler

    It wasn’t close. Baseball(and futbol) from now until November!

  • Bryan

    I want to wish the Bruins congratulations. They were not necessarily my favorite team, but it is ALWAYS a thing of beauty when a team wins the cup. This includes the time I almost vomited watching the Wings carry it in the Civic arena in Pittsburgh.

    • Linnaeus

      As a Wings fan, I felt much the same way the following year watching the Pens carry the Cup after Game 7 in the Joe.

      • davenoon

        Equilibrium!

  • MAJeff

    I moved from Boston two years ago. It became my adopted home town, though.

    I’m fucking thrilled!!!!!

    • jeer9

      As an offering to the sporting gods, a moratorium on criticism of Obama and the Dems will be in effect from this quarter for the next … 72 hours. Shelling will recommence at approximately 22 hundred and 30 PST on Saturday. That Scotch appears to be stronger than I remember.

  • It was not as exciting a game as I hoped for. Once Marchand scored, I pretty much figured it was over. The defense for the Canucks looked pretty tired…I mean, really, Mark Recchi nearly skated around them…and Luongo proved the Islanders were smart to let him go.

    Yes, I said that!

    Way to stay classy in defeat, by the way.

  • seeker6079

    Might I be permitted an “I told you so” moment?

    Some weeks ago there was a debate on statistically measurable skill and I took the side of the energy player, the impassioned player whose contributions can not or usually are not measured statistically. I was (I freely confess) out-argued by those here who said that the metrics were more valid than mere subjectivity. In my defence — and, I submit, in proof of my point — I now point to the Bruins’ Cup win, gained by a team without a lot of high-stats, high-score players, but with a lot of what journalists are pleased to call “character”.

    I’d put it differently: the Canucks lost because they had a lot of high-skill, high metrics players who didn’t have the fire inside which made those skills usable and relevant when they were needed most. The numbers were there, but the energy wasn’t: lots of high metrics, but not enough guts and not enough passion, qualities which my debating partners poo-poohed as irrelevant.

    Sorry, folks, but sometimes passion beats the math. Boston (I team that I’ve never cared for) proved it last night.

    • Wrye

      Guts schmuts. To put it another way, this Canucks team simply was not built for a streetfight, which is what this series was.

    • I’m not sure I completely agree with this assesment, that the Bruins won with character players.

      First, Tim Thomas is one of the Vezina Trophy candidates and had 35 wins. That makes him a quantifiable “metric” as you put it.

      Second, Boston had 103 points in the regular season. That’s an awful lot of points for a team of “character.” If you told me this was the Rangers (93) or Buffalo (94) or even Montreal (96, and who played Boston awfully even for seven games), your argument would be stronger. No, no one star player emerges from the line-up, but if you look position by position, Boston consistently places players in the top twenty (Lucic, Krejci, Kaberle, Chara and of course, Thomas).

      Add to that the decimation that Vancouver had to their defense corps (I’m betting over the next two weeks we’re going to hear about an awful lot of players going in for surgery, particularly knee surgery).

      I think Vancouver had two big flaws in the finals, on top of the injuries. I agree with your point about “fire”: especially after game two, when they were up 2-0, they pretty much thought they had the series in the bag, despite the warning that the first two games gave them. A high powered offense managed three goals against a team that was supposedly much worse than they are. That should have opened some eyes on the coaching staff, but this leads me to me last point.

      Luongo. The Canucks had relied on Luongo to cover their exposures on defense, which was fine as long as they had six skating Ds who could give him space to work with. The second the walking wounded became an issue, the Bruins were able to put enormous pressure on Luongo, something that his history with the Islanders suggests that he can’t stand up to.

      • richard

        I agree with this. The word is that a whole bunch of the Canucks, including one of the Sendins, were playing with injuries that will require surgery and, with athletes other than hockey players, would have resulted being placed on the DL. It went to seven games – just the absence of one or two partially disabilitating injuries would very possibly have led to a Canucks Cup

        • athletes other than hockey players

          Y’know, I was thinking about that the other day when a) I was reading an article about some guy who broke his ankle, taped up his ankle and came back for a game 7 (wish I could find the link) and b) Derek Jeter uhhhhhhhm pulled? his calf muscle? I think? and is on the DL for 15 games.

          • seeker6079
          • richard

            Bobby Braun in Game Six of the finals in 1964 for the Leafs. He actually scored the winning goal in overtime to force a game 7 which the Leafs won. And the make a big deal about Willis Reed.

            Its a different ethic in hockey. Its a matter of real pride to get hit by a puck or a stick, take twenty stitches and still come back in the same period. (Not to say that this ethic is particularly wise)

            • seeker6079

              That ethic is burned into kids young, and kept there. To give one small example, I was on my high school hockey team in the early 1980s. The bus taking us — and our basketball team as well — to a tournament had a problem with exhaust gas (?)leaking into the passenger area. Some of the basketball players started to puke, but none of the hockey players did because our coach had growled at us that the basketball team could do what it wants “I don’t want to see any hockey players puking!!!!!!”

    • Ian

      In support of the character argument, check out the plus/minus stats for Vancouver over the playoffs. Their best line (their only line with a positive plus/minus!) was their third line, Lapierre-Hansen-Torres. Those are not their big-money big-name players. They are bottom of the barrel rejects, but they’re all character players*: hardworking, high energy even when things are looking down, good in the clutch. Playoff players. Vancouver would not have made it to the finals without them.

      * Admittedly, character player is an odd way to describe Lapierre.

  • seeker6079

    I think that special congratulations should go out to Mark Recchi. This is probably the sweetest moment in his career since that special day that he and Eddie Shore broke in as rookies.

  • seeker6079

    Toronto and Calgary fans would never riot because of a loss, and for the same reason: it gets in the way of making lots of money.

    • Wrye

      It should also be mentioned that a lot of the so-called “Fans” seemed to magically produce crowbars and molotov cocktails, and immediately headed to high end retail stores to loot them, suggesting that they were not all that invested in the outcome of the game and were more interested in encouraging bedlam to give themselves cover.

      • richard

        I was in Vancouver two summers ago. Thought it was one of the most sophisticated, cosmopolitan cities I’d ever visited. I thought there would be a little over boisterous activity if they won. Never expected a full scale riot when they lost.

        • Left_Wing_Fox

          I love Vancouver myself, but pretty much all the folks I know half-expected a riot on Cup night, win or lose. Bad memories of 1994 and 2010.

    • richard

      Whatever the reason, its a good thing

  • Henry Holland

    Well, Scott was proven right about the Canucks. Damn.

    Luongo proved the Islanders were smart to let him go.

    The Canucks signed him to a 12-year/$64 million deal in 2009. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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