Boston Bruins Win First Stanley Cup in Nearly Four Decades

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 11:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The Boston Bruins posted a 4-0 shutout of the host Vancouver Canucks Wednesday to clinch the seventh and deciding game of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup championship series.

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored twice for Boston, while goalie Tim Thomas made 37 saves for his second shutout of the series. Thomas received the Conn Smyth trophy, which is given to the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The win over Vancouver ends a 39-year Stanley Cup drought for one of the NHL's “Original Six” franchises, with Boston having lost its previous five Stanley Cup finals appearances. The Canucks, who won the President's Trophy as the top points leader in the regular season, failed in its quest to win the franchises' first-ever NHL championship.