2011 Stanley Cup Final
2011 stanley cup finals
Boston Bruins 02840544
Vancouver Canucks  1 3 10 1 2 0 3
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location:Vancouver: Rogers Arena (1,2,5,7)
Boston: TD Garden (3,4,6)
Coaches:Boston: Claude Julien
Vancouver: Alain Vigneault
Captains:Boston: Zdeno Chara
Vancouver: Henrik Sedin
Referees:Dan O'Halloran (2,4,6,7)
Dan O'Rourke (1,3,5)
Kelly Sutherland (2,4,6)
Stephen Walkom (1,3,5,7)
Dates:June 1 – June 15
MVP:Tim Thomas, Bruins G
Patrice Bergeron (14:37, first, G7)
Networks:Canada (English): CBC
Canada (French): RDS
United States: NBC, Versus
Announcers:(NBC/Versus) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre Maguire
(CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
(RDS) Pierre Houde, Benoit Brunet
 < 2010Stanley Cup Finals2012 > 

The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League (NHL) 2010–11, and the culmination of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was the 118th year of the Stanley Cup's presentation. The Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins defeated the Western Conference Champion Vancouver Canucks four games to three. The Bruins ended a 39-year Stanley Cup drought with the win. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

The Canucks had home ice advantage in the Finals by virtue of winning the Presidents' Trophy as the team that finished with the best regular season record (117 points).[1][2] They were also the first Canadian team to have home ice advantage in the Finals since the Montreal Canadiens had it for the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadiens' victory in 1993 was also the last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup.[3]

The first game of the series was held on June 1, while the seventh game was played on June 15.[4] In their previous Finals appearances, both Boston and Vancouver lost to a team captained by Mark Messier.[5][6] In 1990, Boston was defeated by Messier's Edmonton Oilers in five games,[7][8] while Vancouver was defeated by Messier's New York Rangers in seven games during their Cinderella march of 1994, with Messier himself scoring the Cup winner.[9][10]

The games varied widely between those played in Vancouver and those in Boston. Prior to Game 7, the Bruins had managed to score only two goals in three games played in Vancouver, against 17 scored in three games at Boston. On the other hand, while posting two shutouts in Vancouver, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was replaced with the backup Cory Schneider twice in three games in Boston.[11] It was the fourth consecutive Stanley Cup Finals in which the deciding game was won by the road team. The Bruins scored almost three times the number of total goals as the Canucks, (23 to 8 in the series), and yet the Canucks won three games. The eight goals scored by Vancouver is the lowest number of goals scored by any team in a seven-game Stanley Cup Finals. The Canucks averaged 1.25 goals per game at home in Vancouver and one goal per game on the road, while the Bruins averaged almost 6 goals per game at home in Boston and 1.5 goals per game on the road. In the seven games, the Bruins averaged roughly 3.3 goals per game, while the Canucks averaged 1.14 goals per game.

Path to the FinalsEdit

Boston BruinsEdit

The Bruins finished the regular season as the Northeast Division champion with 103 points, earning the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In their 33rd postseason meeting, Boston eliminated their bitter rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, in the first round of the playoffs in seven games.[12] The Bruins went on to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, outscoring the Flyers 20–7 in four games.[13] Later, in the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.[14]

This was the 18th appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Bruins, and their first since 1990, when they lost in five games to the Edmonton Oilers.[14] It also allowed Boston to join Philadelphia as being the only cities to have had all of their teams play in each of the four major North American professional sports leagues' title rounds since 2000, following the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XXXVI in 2002, XXXVIII in 2004, XXXIX in 2005, and XLII in 2008, and winning all of them, except Super Bowl XLII, the Boston Red Sox winning World Series titles in 2004 (ending the Curse of the Bambino), and 2007, and the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals in 2008 and 2010 and winning in 2008.[15] Boston won their sixth Cup championship, and their first one since defeating the New York Rangers in 1972 in six games,[14] which makes Boston the first city to have championships in each of the four leagues in the new millennium.[16][17] Boston also broke Chicago's record for winning all of the "big" league championships in the shortest time in the Super Bowl era. With the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup last season, it took a span of 24 years for Chicago to win a championship in each of the four leagues. With this year's Bruins, it took Boston a span of six years and four months to fulfill that.[15] In addition, Boston beat out Philadelphia for playing in all of the "big" league championship rounds in the shortest time in the new millennium, as it took 9 years for Philadelphia to achieve this feat; Boston needed only three years and eight months.[15]

Vancouver CanucksEdit

The Canucks, in their 40th season, finished the regular season with the best record at 117 points, winning their first Presidents' Trophy in team history, and the Northwest Division championship.[2] In the first round of the playoffs, the Canucks met the Chicago Blackhawks for the third straight postseason, having lost both previous series in six games. After Vancouver won the first three games, Chicago won the next three to force a game seven. Vancouver won the seventh game in overtime on goal by Alexandre Burrows to avoid becoming the fourth team in NHL history to lose a series after taking a 3–0 series lead.[18] The second round saw the Canucks eliminate the Nashville Predators in six games, with each game in that series decided by just a single goal (with the exception of an empty net goal scored by Vancouver in Game 4).[19] Vancouver then went on to defeat the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals in five games.[20][21]

This is Vancouver's third appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. In their other Finals appearance before 1994, which came during their Cinderella run of 1982, they were swept by the Islanders.[22] The most recent Canada-based NHL team to win the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.[23] The Canucks are the first team from Canada to make it to the Finals since the Ottawa Senators in 2007.[24]

With Vancouver having hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Canucks hoped to mirror what had happened following the other two Olympic Games held in Canada, in which the host city's NHL team won the Stanley Cup the following year.[25] Montreal hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics and the following year, the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. The Calgary Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989, a year after Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics.[25][26]

Triple Gold ClubEdit

Center Patrice Bergeron became the twenty-fifth player to enter the "Triple Gold Club", consisting of individuals who have won the Stanley Cup along with gold medals at the Winter Olympics and World Championships, as a consequence of the Bruins winning the series. Bergeron also won gold medals as a teammate of Vancouver Canucks' goaltender Roberto Luongo at the 2004 Worlds and 2010 Olympics. Luongo would have become the first goaltender ever to enter the "Triple Gold Club", had the Canucks won. Luongo won gold medals with Canada at the 2003 and 2004 Worlds and 2010 Olympics.[27]

Alternatively, Bergeron has also won a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championships, joining fellow Canadians Jonathan Toews, Chris Pronger, Joe Sakic and Scott Niedermayer as the only players to have won the Stanley Cup and gold medals at the Olympics, World Championships and the World Juniors. Niedermayer, however is still in a class of his own, as he has also won the 1992 Memorial Cup and the World Cup.[28]

The seriesEdit

Game oneEdit

Raffi Torres's goal with 18.5 seconds left in regulation broke a scoreless tie to give the Canucks the victory in Game 1. The entire game was seen as a duel between the two opposing goaltenders; both Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and Boston's Tim Thomas were Vezina Trophy finalists for the 2010–11 season. Thomas stopped 33 of 34 shots while Luongo made 36 saves for his third shutout of the 2011 playoffs. Both of Luongo's two previous shutouts of the 2011 playoffs had also occurred in Game 1 (a 2–0 victory against Chicago in the first round, and a 1–0 victory against Nashville in the second round). This was the first time since 1984 that the opening game of the Cup Finals was scoreless through two periods.[29]

Both teams killed off all penalties in the game, including a 5-on-3 Boston had in the second period, and a double minor high-sticking penalty called on Vancouver's Daniel Sedin in the first. At the end of the first period, Vancouver's Alexandre Burrows was called for a double minor roughing penalty on Boston's Patrice Bergeron, while Bergeron also got a roughing minor. Replays appeared to show that Burrows had bit Bergeron's finger, but despite Bergeron's pleading to the referees, no additional penalty was assessed to Burrows.[29] However, despite biting being an offense that can warrant a suspension, Burrows did not receive one from the NHL on the grounds that no conclusive evidence that Burrows intentionally bit Bergeron could be found.[30]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd None
3rd VAN Raffi Torres (3) Jannik Hansen (5) and Ryan Kesler (12) 19:41 1–0 VAN
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st VAN Daniel Sedin High-Sticking – Double Minor 04:03 4:00
BOS Chris Kelly High-Sticking 08:47 2:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows Holding 10:18 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Holding the stick 13:25 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Roughing 20:00 2:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows (served by Raffi Torres) Roughing 20:00 2:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows Roughing 20:00 2:00
2nd VAN Kevin Bieksa High-Sticking 00:28 2:00
BOS David Krejci Cross Checking 04:00 2:00
BOS Dennis Seidenberg Kneeing 09:28 2:00
BOS Rich Peverley Hooking 09:54 2:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows Tripping 10:02 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Tripping 17:50 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Boston 17 9 10 36
Vancouver 12 8 14 34

Game twoEdit

In the second-fastest overtime in Stanley Cup Final history,[31] Alexandre Burrows scored 11 seconds into the first overtime to give Vancouver a 3–2 win in Game 2. Burrows faked a shot, causing Boston goalie Tim Thomas to move out of position, then skated around the net to put the puck into the empty net for the game-winning goal; Thomas was not able to recover his position. This was Burrows's second goal of the game. He opened the scoring with a goal in the first period during the final seconds of a power play. Boston responded with two goals in the second period, one by Milan Lucic and a power play goal by Mark Recchi. However, Daniel Sedin tied the score at 2–2 about midway through the third period.

Game 2 featured the return of Vancouver's Manny Malhotra, who had not played a game since March 16, when he suffered a severe eye injury after taking a puck to the face.[32] Both Thomas and Roberto Luongo still had good GAA's in Game 2, stopping 30 of 33 shots and 28 of 30 shots, respectively. With his second period goal, 43-year-old Recchi became the oldest player to score in the Cup Finals.[33]

Burrows led all players with 3 points, including his two goals and his assist on Sedin's goal. Before playing, Burrows promised his father that he would have a big game so that his controversial biting incident in Game 1 would be forgotten.[34] However, his play in Game 2 caused him to remain the center of controversy for Bruins fans as well as critics who did support a suspension.[35] Analyst Mike Milbury was extremely vocal about the league's non-suspension during NBC's telecast of Game 2, saying that it was "a disgraceful call by the league ... They’re impacting this series by a non-call".[36] Still, Boston head coach Claude Julien, Patrice Bergeron, and the rest of the Bruins refused to make it an excuse for not winning the game.[37]

Before the game, the Boston Red Sox moved their game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park from 7:10 p.m. EDT to 1:10 p.m. EDT to allow for Bruins fans to watch Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.[38][15]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st VAN Alexandre Burrows (8) – pp Christopher Higgins (4) and Sami Salo (2) 12:12 1–0 VAN
2nd BOS Milan Lucic (4) Johnny Boychuk (4) and David Krejci (8) 09:00 1–1
BOS Mark Recchi (3) – pp Zdeno Chara (4) and Patrice Bergeron (12) 11:35 2–1 BOS
3rd VAN Daniel Sedin (9) Alexandre Burrows (8) and Alexander Edler (8) 09:37 2–2
OT VAN Alexandre Burrows (9) Daniel Sedin (9) and Alexander Edler (9) 00:11 3–2 VAN
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st BOS Zdeno Chara Interference 10:24 2:00
2nd VAN Kevin Bieksa Delay of game – Puck over glass 01:03 2:00
VAN Aaron Rome Holding 10:26 2:00
VAN Aaron Rome Interference 18:59 2:00
3rd BOS Dennis Seidenberg Tripping 00:52 2:00
OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT Total
Boston 11 14 5 0 30
Vancouver 11 10 11 1 33

Game threeEdit

Boston scored 4 goals in the second period, and another 4 goals in the third, which resulted in a 8–1 rout in Game 3.[39][40] Mark Recchi scored two of them; Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille each scored shorthanded; and Andrew Ference, David Krejci, Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder each tallied one of the other four.[39] Tim Thomas stopped 40 out of 41 shots, only allowing a third period goal by Jannik Hansen.[39]

At 05:07 into the first period, Vancouver's Aaron Rome received a major interference penalty, a game misconduct, and automatic ejection on a hit on Boston's Nathan Horton.[39] Horton was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was then transported to a hospital for further observation.[40] However, the Bruins did not score on the ensuing 5-minute power play. Following a disciplinary hearing on June 7, Rome was given a four-game suspension for the late hit which assured that he'd miss the remainder of the 2011 playoffs, the first multi-game suspension in the history of the Stanley Cup Finals. Rome and the Canucks maintained that the play was a good hit that went bad, but the NHL determined that the hit came more than a second after Horton gave up the puck. The NHL considers a hit to be late if it comes more than half a second after a player gives up possession.[41][42]

In contrast to Game 2, which featured only 10 minutes of penalties for the entire game, Game 3 had 143 total penalty minutes, the most in a Cup Final game since 1990.[43] The 8–1 score was the biggest goal differential in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1996, when the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers in Game 2 by the same score.[44]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd BOS Andrew Ference (3) Rich Peverley (7) and David Krejci (9) 00:11 1–0 BOS
BOS Mark Recchi (4) – pp Michael Ryder (7) and Andrew Ference (6) 04:22 2–0 BOS
BOS Brad Marchand (7) – sh Unassisted 11:30 3–0 BOS
BOS David Krejci (11) Michael Ryder (8) and Zdeno Chara (5) 15:47 4–0 BOS
3rd BOS Daniel Paille (3) – sh Johnny Boychuk (5) 11:38 5–0 BOS
VAN Jannik Hansen (3) Raffi Torres (3) and Maxim Lapierre (2) 13:53 5–1 BOS
BOS Mark Recchi (5) Brad Marchand (7) and Patrice Bergeron (13) 17:39 6–1 BOS
BOS Chris Kelly (5) Daniel Paille (3) and Zdeno Chara (6) 18:06 7–1 BOS
BOS Michael Ryder (6) – pp Tomas Kaberle (9) 19:29 8–1 BOS
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st VAN Aaron Rome (served by Raffi Torres) Interference – Major 05:07 5:00
VAN Aaron Rome Game Misconduct 05:07 10:00
BOS Adam McQuaid Delay of game – Puck over glass 11:41 2:00
2nd VAN Jeff Tambellini Hooking 02:42 2:00
BOS Andrew Ference Tripping 06:22 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Slashing 10:30 2:00
BOS Johnny Boychuk High-Sticking – Double Minor 17:36 4:00
3rd BOS Michael Ryder Roughing 02:50 2:00
BOS Zdeno Chara Unsportsmanlike conduct 03:33 2:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows Unsportsmanlike conduct 03:33 2:00
BOS Andrew Ference Misconduct 06:59 10:00
VAN Daniel Sedin Misconduct 06:59 10:00
BOS Shawn Thornton (served by Michael Ryder) Roughing 07:58 2:00
BOS Shawn Thornton Misconduct 07:58 10:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Boarding 09:11 2:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows Slashing 11:16 2:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows Misconduct 11:16 10:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Fighting – Major 11:16 5:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Misconduct 11:16 10:00
BOS Milan Lucic (served by Michael Ryder) Slashing 11:16 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Roughing 11:16 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Misconduct 11:16 10:00
BOS Dennis Seidenberg Fighting – Major 11:16 5:00
BOS Dennis Seidenberg Misconduct 11:16 10:00
BOS Andrew Ference Misconduct 17:51 10:00
VAN Kevin Bieksa Misconduct 17:51 10:00
VAN Raffi Torres Charging 18:53 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Vancouver 12 16 13 41
Boston 7 14 17 38

Game fourEdit

Tim Thomas made 38 saves and Rich Peverley scored two goals as Boston shut out Vancouver, 4–0, to even the series. Roberto Luongo, who stopped only 16 out of 20 shots, was replaced by backup goalie Cory Schneider after giving up the fourth Boston goal at 03:39 of the third period.[45] Thomas' shutout was the first for the Bruins in a Stanley Cup Final since Gerry Cheevers did it in the 1970s.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st BOS Rich Peverley (3) David Krejci (10) and Zdeno Chara (7) 11:59 1–0 BOS
2nd BOS Michael Ryder (7) Tyler Seguin (4) and Chris Kelly (8) 11:11 2–0 BOS
BOS Brad Marchand (8) Patrice Bergeron (14) 13:29 3–0 BOS
3rd BOS Rich Peverley (4) Milan Lucic (7) and David Krejci (11) 03:39 4–0 BOS
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st BOS Michael Ryder Tripping 06:58 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Cross Checking 16:10 2:00
2nd VAN Mason Raymond High-Sticking 07:41 2:00
VAN Andrew Alberts Slashing 12:05 2:00
BOS Rich Peverley Cross Checking 12:05 2:00
BOS Johnny Boychuk Delay of game – Puck over glass 18:49 2:00
3rd VAN Daniel Sedin Slashing 00:52 2:00
BOS Mark Recchi High-Sticking 9:14 2:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Slashing 10:25 2:00
VAN Maxim Lapierre Slashing 14:35 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand (served by Tyler Seguin) Roughing 17:33 2:00
VAN Keith Ballard Roughing 17:33 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Holding 17:33 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Tripping 17:33 2:00
BOS Adam McQuaid Misconduct 17:33 10:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows Cross Checking 18:09 2:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Roughing 18:09 2:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Misconduct 18:09 10:00
BOS Zdeno Chara Roughing 18:09 2:00
BOS Zdeno Chara Misconduct 18:09 10:00
BOS Tim Thomas (served by Shawn Thornton) Slashing 18:09 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Vancouver 12 13 13 38
Boston 6 12 11 29

Game fiveEdit

Roberto Luongo made 31 saves and Maxim Lapierre scored the game's only goal to give Vancouver a 3–2 series lead. This was the second 1–0 victory for Vancouver in the Finals; Game 1 ended with the same score. Lapierre's goal came at 04:35 into the third period. Kevin Bieksa's shot went wide and rebounded off the end boards to Lapierre on the other side of the net, who then beat Tim Thomas after the Boston goalie was unable to recover his position in time. Thomas made 24 saves in the loss.[46][47]

Luongo joined Frank McCool as the only goalie to have two 1–0 shutouts in the Stanley Cup Final; McCool's victories came 66 years earlier in 1945.[48][49]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd None
3rd VAN Maxim Lapierre (2) Kevin Bieksa (5) and Raffi Torres (4) 04:35 1–0 VAN
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st VAN Raffi Torres Tripping 01:39 2:00
VAN Henrik Sedin Interference 06:54 2:00
VAN Andrew Alberts Roughing 14:13 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Tripping 19:27 2:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows Unsportsmanlike conduct 19:27 2:00
2nd VAN Ryan Kesler Interference on goalkeeper 04:18 2:00
BOS Adam McQuaid Holding 07:22 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Holding 15:56 2:00
3rd BOS Rich Peverley Tripping 12:09 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Boston 12 9 10 31
Vancouver 6 12 7 25

Game sixEdit

In Game 6, Boston defeated Vancouver 5–2 in front of a roaring TD Garden to force a deciding game seven , the 16th in Finals history. The Bruins scored four goals in a span of 4:14 in the first period, breaking the record for the quickest four goals tallied by one team in the Cup Finals.[50] For the second time in the series, Roberto Luongo was replaced by backup goalie Cory Schneider; this came after Luongo gave up Boston's third goal at 08:35.[51]

Vancouver's Mason Raymond suffered a fractured vertabrae 20 seconds into the game on an awkward hit along the boards, and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.

With the loss, the Canucks fell to 3–5 in the 2011 playoffs in games they had a chance to clinch a series with a win.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st BOS Brad Marchand (9) Mark Recchi (6) and Dennis Seidenberg (8) 05:31 1–0 BOS
BOS Milan Lucic (5) Rich Peverley (8) and Johnny Boychuk (6) 06:06 2–0 BOS
BOS Andrew Ference (4) – pp Michael Ryder (9) and Mark Recchi (7) 08:35 3–0 BOS
BOS Michael Ryder (8) Tomas Kaberle (10) 09:45 4–0 BOS
2nd None
3rd VAN Henrik Sedin (3) – pp Daniel Sedin (10) and Christian Ehrhoff (10) 00:22 4–1 BOS
BOS David Krejci (12) – pp Mark Recchi (8) and Tomas Kaberle (11) 06:59 5–1 BOS
VAN Maxim Lapierre (3) Daniel Sedin (11) and Jannik Hansen (4) 17:34 5–2 BOS
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st VAN Henrik Sedin Unsportsmanlike conduct 00:56 2:00
BOS Zdeno Chara Interference 00:56 2:00
VAN Alexander Edler Boarding 07:55 2:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Holding 10:31 2:00
VAN Bench (served by Raffi Torres) Too many men on ice 17:09 2:00
2nd BOS Patrice Bergeron Interference on goalkeeper 00:28 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Interference 12:15 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Elbowing 19:08 2:00
3rd VAN Raffi Torres Tripping 05:23 2:00
VAN Andrew Alberts Cross checking 06:11 2:00
VAN Alexandre Burrows Slashing 06:59 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Cross checking 06:59 2:00
BOS Mark Recchi Tripping 11:32 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand (served by David Krejci) Roughing 18:29 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Misconduct 18:29 10:00
BOS Shawn Thornton Misconduct 18:29 10:00
VAN Daniel Sedin Misconduct 18:29 10:00
VAN Maxim Lapierre Misconduct 18:29 10:00
BOS Dennis Seidenberg Cross checking 19:03 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Vancouver 11 11 16 38
Boston 19 8 13 40

Game sevenEdit

In Boston's first-ever Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Final, Tim Thomas made 37 saves as Boston shut out Vancouver, 4–0, on the road to win the Stanley Cup. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each scored two of Boston's goals. Bergeron scored first at 14:37 in the first period, then had a shorthanded goal at 17:35 in the second. Marchand's first goal came at 12:13 of the second period; he then scored on an empty net late in the third. Roberto Luongo stopped 17 out of 20 shots in the loss.[16][52]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st BOS Patrice Bergeron (5) Brad Marchand (8) 14:37 1–0 BOS
2nd BOS Brad Marchand (10) Dennis Seidenberg (9) and Mark Recchi (9) 12:13 2–0 BOS
BOS Patrice Bergeron (6) – sh Dennis Seidenberg (10) and Gregory Campbell (3) 17:35 3–0 BOS
3rd BOS Brad Marchand (11) – en none 17:16 4–0 BOS
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st None
2nd BOS Zdeno Chara Interference 16:07 2:00
3rd VAN Jannik Hansen Interference 05:33 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Hooking 11:34 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Boston 5 8 8 21
Vancouver 8 13 16 37


In Canada, the series was televised in English on CBC and in French on the cable network RDS.[4] In the United States, NBC broadcast the first two and final three games, while Versus televised games three and four.[4]


Game one on NBC drew the best television ratings for a first game since game one of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, drawing a 3.2 rating, up 14 percent from game one of the 2010 Finals.[24] The rating was boosted by heavy interest in Boston's large market, which posted a 25.5/39, topping the 19.1/34 for game one of the 2010 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.[24]

In contrast, game two drew just 3.37 million viewers for NBC, making it the least-watched Stanley Cup Finals broadcast on U.S. network television since game five in 2007, which also was the last time a Canadian team (the Ottawa Senators) advanced to the Cup Finals.[53]

Games six, five and one are the third, fourth, and fifth most-watched CBC Sports programs with an average Canadian audience of 6.6 million, 6.1 million, and 5.6 million viewers respectively, after the men's ice hockey gold medal game between Canada and the United States at the 2002 Winter Olympics.[54][55][56] Game 7 was the highest rated game on both sides of the border; in Canada, it was second most-watched CBC Sports program, drawing an average of 8.76 million viewers and trailing only the men's gold medal game in ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics;[57] In the US, NBC's broadcast drew a 5.7 national overnight rating and a 10 share (numbers that equaled Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals),[57] a number later updated to 8.5 million viewers, making the game the most-watched NHL broadcast in the US since 1973;[57] in the Boston market alone, the broadcast pulled in a 43.4 rating and a 64 share.[57]

Vancouver riotsEdit

The final game of the series attracted huge crowds on the streets of Vancouver who gathered to watch the game on outside monitors and cheer the home team on. Shortly before the game ended with the apparent loss for Vancouver, fires were set on West Georgia Street. After the game ended, cars were set on fire and fighting broke out. Soon, a riot was in progress in downtown Vancouver, with police cars set on fire, shops looted and attendant destruction of property. The damage was expected to be greater than the 1994 Vancouver riots that occurred after Vancouver lost the Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Rangers.[58]



Vancouver CanucksEdit

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
41 Flag of the United States Alberts, AndrewAndrew Alberts D L 29 2010 Minneapolis, Minnesota
4 Flag of the United States Ballard, KeithKeith Ballard D L 28 2010 Baudette, Minnesota
3 Flag of Canada.svg Bieksa, KevinKevin Bieksa


D R 29 2001 Grimsby, Ontario
49 Flag of Canada.svg Bolduc, AlexandreAlexandre Bolduc C L 25 2008 Montreal, Quebec
14 Flag of Canada.svg Burrows, AlexandreAlexandre Burrows LW L 30 2005 Pincourt, Quebec
23 Flag of Sweden Edler, AlexanderAlexander Edler D L 25 2004 Östersund, Sweden
5 Flag of Germany Ehrhoff, ChristianChristian Ehrhoff D L 28 2009 Moers, West Germany
15 Flag of Canada.svg Glass, TannerTanner Glass LW L 27 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan
2 Flag of Canada.svg Hamhuis, DanDan Hamhuis D L 28 2010 Smithers, British Columbia
36 Flag of Denmark Hansen, JannikJannik Hansen RW R 25 2004 Herlev, Denmark
20 Flag of the United States Higgins, ChristopherChristopher Higgins LW L 27 2011 Smithtown, New York
17 Flag of the United States Kesler, RyanRyan Kesler


C R 26 2003 Livonia, Michigan
40 Flag of Canada.svg Lapierre, MaximMaxim Lapierre C R 26 2011 Montreal, Quebec
1 Flag of Canada.svg Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo G L 32 2006 Montreal, Quebec
27 Flag of Canada.svg Malhotra, MannyManny Malhotra


C L 31 2010 Mississauga, Ontario
38 Flag of Canada.svg Oreskovich, VictorVictor Oreskovich RW R 24 2010 Whitby, Ontario
21 Flag of Canada.svg Raymond, MasonMason Raymond LW L 25 2005 Cochrane, Alberta
29 Flag of Canada.svg Rome, AaronAaron Rome D L 27 2009 Brandon, Manitoba
6 Flag of Finland Salo, SamiSami Salo D R 36 2002 Turku, Finland
26 Flag of Sweden Samuelsson, MikaelMikael Samuelsson

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RW R 43 2009 Mariefred, Sweden
35 Flag of the United States Schneider, CoryCory Schneider G L 25 2004 Marblehead, Massachusetts
22 Flag of Sweden Sedin, DanielDaniel Sedin


LW L 30 1999 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
33 Flag of Sweden Sedin, HenrikHenrik Sedin


C L 30 1999 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
10 Flag of Canada.svg Tambellini, JeffJeff Tambellini LW L 27 2010 Calgary, Alberta
18 Flag of Canada.svg Tanev, ChristopherChristopher Tanev D R 21 2010 Toronto, Ontario
13 Flag of Canada.svg Torres, RaffiRaffi Torres LW L 29 2010 Toronto, Ontario

Boston BruinsEdit

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
72 Flag of Canada.svg Arniel, JamieJamie Arniel C R 21 2008 Kingston, Ontario
37 Flag of Canada.svg Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron


C R 25 2003 L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec
43 Flag of the United States Bartkowski, MattMatt Bartkowski D L 22 2010 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
55 Flag of Canada.svg Boychuk, JohnnyJohnny Boychuk D R 27 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
11 Flag of Canada.svg Campbell, GregoryGregory Campbell C L 27 2010 London, Ontario
33 Flag of Slovakia Chara, ZdenoZdeno Chara


D L 34 2006 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
36 Flag of the United States Cohen, ColbyColby Cohen D R 22 2010 Villanova, Pennsylvania
21 Flag of Canada.svg Ference, AndrewAndrew Ference D L 32 2007 Edmonton, Alberta
52 Flag of Canada.svg Hamill, ZachZach Hamill C R 22 2007 Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
34 Flag of Canada.svg Hnidy, ShaneShane Hnidy D R 35 2008 Neepawa, Manitoba
18 Flag of Canada.svg Horton, NathanNathan Horton RW R 26 2010 Welland, Ontario
12 Flag of the Czech Republic Kaberle, TomasTomas Kaberle D L 33 2011 Rakovník, Czechoslovakia
47 Flag of the United States Kampfer, StevenSteven Kampfer D R 22 2010 Ann Arbor, Michigan
23 Flag of Canada.svg Kelly, ChrisChris Kelly C L 30 2011 Toronto, Ontario
35 Flag of Russia Khudobin, AntonAnton Khudobin G L 25 2011 Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union
46 Flag of the Czech Republic Krejci, DavidDavid Krejci C R 25 2004 Šternberk, Czechoslovakia
17 Flag of Canada.svg Lucic, MilanMilan Lucic LW L 22 2006 Vancouver, British Columbia
63 Flag of Canada.svg Marchand, BradBrad Marchand LW L 23 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia
54 Flag of Canada.svg McQuaid, AdamAdam McQuaid D R 24 2007 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
20 Flag of Canada.svg Paille, DanielDaniel Paille LW L 27 2009 Welland, Ontario
49 Flag of Canada.svg Peverley, RichRich Peverley C R 28 2011 Guelph, Ontario
40 Flag of Finland Rask, TuukkaTuukka Rask G L 24 2006 Savonlinna, Finland
28 Flag of Canada.svg Recchi, MarkMark Recchi


RW L 43 2009 Kamloops, British Columbia
73 Flag of Canada.svg Ryder, MichaelMichael Ryder RW R 31 2008 Bonavista, Newfoundland
91 Flag of Canada.svg Savard, MarcMarc Savard C L 33 2007 Ottawa, Ontario
19 Flag of Canada.svg Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin RW R 19 2010 Brampton, Ontario
44 Flag of Germany Seidenberg, DennisDennis Seidenberg D L 29 2010 Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany
30 Flag of the United States Thomas, TimTim Thomas G L 37 2002 Flint, Michigan
22 Flag of Canada.svg Thornton, ShawnShawn Thornton RW R 33 2007 Oshawa, Ontario
42 Flag of Canada.svg Whitfield, TrentTrent Whitfield C L 33 2009 Alameda, Saskatchewan

Boston Bruins - 2011 Stanley Cup championsEdit

The 2011 Stanley Cup was presented to Boston Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, following the Bruins' 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh game of the finals. Game seven of the final was the last for Mark Recchi as he announced his retirement after the win.



  • 1 Played both Center and Wing

  • Jeremy Jacobs Sr. (Chairman/Owner/Governor), Margaret Jacobs (Owner), Charles Jacobs (Owner/Alternate Governor), Jerry Jacobs Jr. (Alternate Governor/Owner)
  • Louis Jacobs (Alternate Governor/Owner), Cam Neely (President/Alternate Governor), Peter Chiarelli (General Manager/Alternate Governor), Jim Benning (Asst. General Manager)
  • Don Sweeney (Asst. General Manager), Claude Julien (Head Coach), Doug Jarvis (Asst. Coach), Geoff Ward (Asst. Coach)
  • Doug Houda (Asst. Coach), Bob Essensa (Goaltending Coach), Harry Sinden (Senior Advisor), John Bucyk (Team Road Service Coordinator)
  • Scott Bradley (Director of Player Personnel), Wayne Smith (Director of Amateur Scouting), John Weisbrod (Director of Collegiate Scouting), Adam Creighton (Scout),
  • Tom McVie (Scout), David Hamilton-Powers (Director of Administration), Matt Chmura (Director of Communications),
  • Don DelNegro (Athletic Trainer), John Whitesides (Strength-Conditioning Coach), Derek Repucci (Asst. Athletic Trainer/Massage Therapist), Keith Robinson (Equipment Manager),
  • Jim “Beats” Johnson (Asst. Equipment Manager), Scott Waugh (Physical Therapist)
  • Matt Falconer (Assistant Equipment Manager)**.

Stanley Cup Engraving

  • Jeremy & Margaret Jacobs' last name was listed only once for both Owners.
  • Patrice Bergeron was given permission to include both his Father and Mother’s surnames and be listed as "Patrice Bergeron-Cleary."
  • Jim Johnson (Asst. Equipment Manager) was given permission to include his nickname “Beats”.
  • Marc Savard* only played 25 regular season games due to multiple concussions, but was on the NHL roster for the entire season. The NHL granted the Bruins' request to have his name included on the Stanley Cup.
  • Matt Bartkowski†, Colby Cohen†, Trent Whitfield†, Jordan Caron†, Shane Hnidy†, Jamie Arniel†, Anton Khudobin†, And Steven Kampfer† did not qualify to have their names on the Stanley Cup, but they were included in the team picture. The NHL declined the teams request to include Steve Kampfer, who played in 38 regular season games (spending the rest of the season in the AHL); and Shane Hnidy (a late-season signing) who played 3 regular season and 3 playoff games to be engraved on the cup.[63]
  • Zach Hamill‡ did not qualify to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup and did not appear in the team picture.
  • Matt Falconer (Asst. Equipment Manager) was included on the team picture, but left off the Stanley Cup.
  • Boston chose to include their two longest serving scouts, Tom McVie and Adam Creighton. Seven other scouts were left off the Stanley Cup (due to 52 name limit). All were awarded Stanley Cup Rings, along with every other person connected to the Boston Bruins, e.g. ticket agents, office staff, national anthem singer, pop corn vendors, security officers. In total, Boston Bruins owners gave out a record 504 Stanley Cup rings.

See also Edit


Inline citations
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