It was hard to tell if game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals was being played in Boston or in Vancouver the way the Bruins were scoring goals. Up until game 7, the Bruins had managed just one goal on the road, they potted four past Roberto Luongo last night en-route to a 4-0 victory and their first Stanley Cup since 1972.
Even though Vancouver Canucks fans will find a way to blame Luongo for this loss, the bottom line is that for much of this series, Boston was the better team. Boston was the more physical team and Boston played like they wanted it more. Regardless of how many goals Roberto Luongo let in for this series, the Canucks didn’t score nearly enough goals to win it.
The Canucks recorded just eight goals in a seven game series. A large reason for the Canucks anaemic offense was Tim Thomas, the 2011 Conn Smythe winner. Thomas was amazing, and his game 7 shutout marked the first a goalie has recorded a game 7 shutout on the road.
While Chara and the rest of the Boston Bruins were filling the Stanley Cup with champagne and tipping it to their lips, thousands of people were tipping cars and rioting in the Vancouver streets.
Anyone who spent any period of time in Vancouver during the Canucks playoff run would tell you two things, number one, the city is beautiful and number two, if they lost the Stanley Cup, there’s too many people in the streets, riots would definitely ensue. It didn’t take a genius to realize that.
With over four hundred thousand people in the Vancouver City streets, once the Canucks season came to a close, the rebels among them began burning buildings, looting, burning cars, tipping cars, fighting and some even resorted to stabbing people. Rumors swirled that several fans had pushed a Boston Bruin fan off a bridge.
It was a disappointing and embarrassing end for the city of Vancouver, as much of the world may now have an unfair impression of the city, thanks to a few brain dead individuals.