I'd be a fool to not mention today is the 5 year anniversary of the 2010-11 Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup. 5 years ago.. holy shit where does time go? I remember this season and playoff run like it was yesterday, it was the end of my freshmen year of college. I can remember watching the opening round in my dorm in Browning at URI. The Bruins had 3 hard fought 7 game series during the cup run against the Canadiens, Lightning and Canucks. After falling down 2-0 at home in the first round the Bruins came back and beat the hated Habs in 7 on a Nathan Horton game winner. We'd get used to those that postseason.
He had another game 7 winner in a 1-0 classic against the Lightning in the Conference Finals.
That team was so fun to watch, so loaded, everybody bought into their role and the team jelled. They had a rookie helping in Tyler Seguin, and an old vet going for one last ride in Mark Recchi. In a way it makes me sad because they only won the one championship when from 2010-2014 the Bruins were one of the best teams in the NHL but at least we have the one. What made this championship even more special was it ended a nearly 40 year Cup drought for the Bruins, and it also gave all four professional teams in the Boston area championships since 2004. Us Boston fans have been truly lucky the last 15 years.
The Stanley Cup Final was awesome. 7 game classic, again the Bruins fell down 2-0. But they fought back and won a must win game 3 at home in a laugher 8-1. The Bruins got in the Canucks head so badly it's not even funny. They had real estate in Roberto Luongo's head before that was even a saying. Pumpin tires and shit. Dude was such a mental midget. Shitting on the Sedin twins was awesome as well. Dudes biting during fights. It was nuts. The series killed the Canucks, they won the Presidents Trophy the next year and lost in the first round, and have not been a Cup caliber team since. The home team was 6-0 until game 7, and both teams were winning in different ways. The Canucks would just barely squeak by the Bruins in the home wins, twice winning 1-0 and the Bruins would crush the Canucks in the Garden. Finally in game 7 the trends stopped as the Bruins beat the Canucks 4-0 in a rather uncompetitive game. Kind of a bummer for a game 7, but as a Bruins fan you didn't care. Tim Thomas was unreal throughout the playoffs on his way to a Conn Smythe Trophy. Without him the Bruins don't hoist the Cup. People may have their opinions on him off the ice, but there's no denying how good Timmy was with the B's during this time.
Some of the faces are still around, but for the most part the guys on that team are elsewhere. That 2011 team was special, what a run. Bruins are a long way away from getting back to the Stanley Cup Finals but let's never forget how awesome the 2010-11 run was.
P.S. NOBODY knew how to party like the Bruins. The boys went IN at the woods. Looking back that was the beginning of the end for the Seguin era in Boston.
People forget that Brad Marchand has a "Starley Cup" Champs tattoo. Prison ink city.