6 years ago today the Bruins brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston when they took down the Vancouver Canucks in 7 games.
The Bruins finished the regular season as the Northeast Division champion, earning the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In their 33rd postseason meeting, Boston eliminated their fiercest rival, the Montreal Canadiens in the first round series in 7 games. The Bruins went on to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, outscoring them 20-7. Later in the Eastern Conference Finals the Bruins were able to survive a thrilling 7 game series that included an all-time great game 7.
The finals started with the Canucks taking the first two games, outscoring the Bruins 4-2. Games 3 and 4 brought Boston back into the series with a thrilling 8-1 win and a 4-0 win. In game 3 Boston took a huge hit to their lineup when ECF hero Nathan Horton took a elbow to the head from Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome, Horton was stretchered off the ice and did not return for any of the remaining games, Rome was issues a 4 game suspension by the NHL. Game 5 back in Vancouver was a 1-0 shutout which gave the Canucks a 3-2 series lead. In a must win game 6 for the Bruins at the garden they dominated the Canucks once again on home ice with a 5-2 victory, Boston was electric that night and nothing compared to the moment when Nathan Horton returned for the 1st time and waved a rally towel to fire up the crowd. The Bruins and Canucks were headed back to Vancouver for a series deciding game 7, the home team has won every game so far this series. But the Bruins carried their game 6 effort to game 7 and shutout the Canucks 4-0 to win the Stanley Cup. One might say it was truly a home game for the Bruins when Nathan Horton brought water from the Garden ice in a water bottle (No one actually knows if it really was ice from the Boston Garden) and poured it on the Vancouver ice before the start of game 7.
Tim Thomas went on to win the Conn Smythe trophy with his 2 finals shutouts and 7 playoff shutouts, one of the best playoff goaltending performances anyone will ever see.
Patrice Bergeron became the 25th player to join the Triple Gold Club which is players who have won the Stanley Cup along with a gold medals at the Winter Olympics, and World Championships. If the Vancouver Canucks had won the Cup Roberto Luongo would have been the first goalie to join the Triple Gold Club.