Wednesday nite, the Boston Bruins finally showed up in Vancouver and finished off the Canucks to win the Stanley Cup.  I admit, I was a little concerned with my prediction after Game 2.  The B’s were down 2 games but only losing each game by a single goal.  Vancouver’s high octane Power Play was stifled by Boston going 1-for-8 in the first two games.  With Tim Thomas standing on his head, I felt Game 3 back in Beantown would be huge.

Watching the post game interviews last night, I kept hearing questions about the “solidifying moment” during Game 3 … the devastating hit Aaron Rome threw on Nathan Horton.  I couldn’t agree more as Boston now took it to the Canucks.  With Vancouver down 2 blue liners, Boston started physically wearing down the remaining defensemen and it showed.  Boston lit the lamp 8 times in Game 3 with 4 special teams’ goals including 2 shorthanded goals.  Proving they could now score on Luongo, they were able to chase him out of Game 4.  Meanwhile, Vancouver’s vaunted Power Play now had 1 goal in 4 games.

Riding high and Vancouver reeling, I thought they would deliver the setup punch in Game 5 and the finishing blow in Game 6.  The Canucks rose to the challenge and in yet another 1 goal game, took out the Bruins with a late goal.  The games are getting VERY physical for a Cup final.  There are a lot of penalties being called but still, Vancouver has mustered only one PP goal.  Shocking to most but if you remember … I said this was going to come down to special teams and goaltending (Yeah, I was right) and it was.  Boston’s Penalty Kills were amazing.  Sure, the Canucks had plenty of opportunities but Tim Thomas was turning away everything in sight.

Game 6 back in Boston and all doubts are erased early with 4 Bruins goals in the first period.  Again, Luongo is chased out of the game and the Vancouver PP has scored a mere 2 goals in 6 games.  To me, Vancouver looked beat.  The physical play of Boston’s forwards was wearing down the opposition.  Tim Thomas, in my opinion, had the Conn Smythe already wrapped up regardless of the outcome of Game 7.

Scoring the first goal in Game 7, the Bruins once again amped up the physical play and beat down the Canucks for the win.  Luongo looked shaky, the Vancouver PP looked like a mere image of its regular season self, and the team looked flat out beat.  I was disappointed in the play of Vancouver late in the game.  The blindside hit on Chara and the unbelievable hit Hansen put on Ference to me, have no place in this sport.  Biting fingers, taking dives, making a push seem like a heavyweight punch to me are ridiculous.  Unfortunately, I lost some respect for Vancouver this series.  Not saying the Bruins played like angels … but I thought the play late in Game 7 said a lot about the character of several Vancouver players.

So congrats to the Bruins and their great fans.  Although they lost, the Canucks having nothing to be down about.  If they can keep this team together, they could easily make a run again next season.