|06.18.11 at 2:21 pm ET|
The city of Boston has celebrated world championship teams before with a “rolling rally” like it did on Saturday but never did so many fans turn out. When the city rolled out the duck boats for a three-mile rally route from TD Garden to Copley Square, fans as deep as 20 rows lined the streets to celebrate the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.
“Mayhem, but all good,” Bruins President Cam Neely said in describing the day. “These fans have waited a long, long time for this. They deserve this. Today is their day to really celebrate it, which is really great.”
Boston Police estimated the crowd at over 1,000,000 and city officials said that it eclipsed the 2004 “Rain Rally” on Oct. 30, 2004 when the city and region celebrated the first World Series title in 86 years. Neely’s Bruins became the seventh Boston team to be celebrated and honored with a duck boat rally, joining the 2001, ’03 and ’04 Patriots, the ’04 and ’07 Red Sox and the ’08 Celtics.
“Just how mentally draining it’s been. You live and breathe for every game, especially when you have four elmination games. I’m proud of the guys for what they did.”
“It’s nice that people feel that way. I came here when I was 21 and grew up here and have a huge passion for the Bruins and the players who played before me and the players I played with and the organization in general. And our fan base took me in and showed their passion for the team and the players. So, to finally win it for them has been an incredible experience.”
“It’s really sweet for everyone that’s put some time and effort in. The people in the back office, work extremely hard, don’t get the recognition. Obviously, all the players, coaches, GMs, it’s going to be a very sweet day for us.”
Neely said he and the organization have yet to come down completely from their epic 4-0 win over Vancouver in British Columbia last Wednesday in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.
“It’s been fantastic, just the excitement the whole city has,” he said. “It’s kind of sunk in but hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s been an incredible experience so far. I was driving in [Friday] and all I kept thinking is, ‘We’re Stanley Cup champs.’ You drive in, you think it’s a normal day but you’re Stanley Cup champs. It keeps running through your head. It’s starting to sink in but it hasn’t fully sunk in.”
|06.18.11 at 11:23 am ET|
With the sun breaking through the clouds and basking hundreds of thousands in the afterglow of the city’s first Stanley Cup in 39 years, Boston kicked off another “Rolling Rally” Saturday morning in the parking lot outside TD Garden.
“Lord Stanley, 39 years, welcome home!” exclaimed Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, one of the first to speak before the duck boats began their three-mile procession from the Garden to Copley Square.
Boston City police termed Saturday’s rally the biggest in the city’s rich sports history, eclipsing even the 2004 Red Sox rally in the rain on Oct. 30, 2004, with well over a million people lined up between 10-15 deep in many areas along the route.
“We got the Cup! We got the Cup!” added Patrice Bergeron, whose two goals in Game 7 led the Bruins to a Cup-clinching 4-0 win in Vancouver on Wednesday night. Since then, the organization and city has been looking forward to celebrating the organization’s sixth Stanley Cup with hockey-loving city and region.
|06.17.11 at 1:19 pm ET|
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was a popular guy last offseason, as he was brought up in trade rumors, some of which were falsely reported. Though the goalie was never going to Philadelphia in exchange for Simon Gagne, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday at TD Garden that he did have talks with other teams about Thomas, who was coming off hip surgery, had lost his starting job to Tuukka Rask and at the time had three years of a $5 million annual cap hit left on his deal.
“At the time there was kind of a mutually agreement between myself and Tim and Bill Zito, Tim’s agent, just to explore it and on the premise that Tim does not want to leave Boston,” Chiarelli said of trading Thomas. “And that’s really where it ended. It’s really where it ended. And there was some calls in that and they kept him in the loop at all times and he kept stressing he didn’t want to leave. I said ‘I know, let’s just look at this very briefly.’ And I know there are a lot of stories that flowed from it, but I can’t stress enough the fact that Tim never wanted to leave.
“I wouldn’t be doing my job if I at least didn’t look at some things, and I did. You go through those things, on a number of fronts on a number of fronts, on a number of players. You just field stuff, you look at them, you talk to other teams. And at the end of the day you make the decision yay or nay. And here it was nay. And it was an easy nay.”
Thomas ended up reclaiming the starting job, turning in a shutout in his first start of the season Oct. 10 in Prague against the Coyotes. He ended up allowing just three goals in six starts in October, and even after leveling out was still dominant throughout a season that will undoubtedly earn him his second Vezina trophy in Vegas next week. His .938 save percentage is the best for a goalie in a single season since the stat has been recorded.
Thomas was also named the Conn Smythe trophy winner after the Stanley Cup finals concluded. The award is given to the player most valuable to his team during the playoffs, and Thomas clearly proved that by allowing just eight goals in the seven-game series vs. the Canucks.
Thomas, 37, has two years with a $5 million cap hit left on his contract.
|06.17.11 at 12:16 pm ET|
Bruins center Marc Savard, who suffered his second concussion in as many years this season and is dealing with post-concussion syndrome, will be at Saturday’s rolling rally in celebration of the team’s Stanley Cup victory, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.
Given that Savard played in only 25 games before a clean hit from former teammate Matt Hunwick ended his season, the two-time All-Star does not qualify to have his name on the Stanley Cup. A player must play in either at least 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup finals game to have his name engraved on the trophy. There is a petitioning process, however, and Chiarelli plans on petitioning to get Savard and defenseman Steven Kampfer, who just missed the cutoff by playing in 38 regular-season games, on the Cup.
“I don’t know what the process is,” Chiarelli admitted. “I’ve given it a little bit of thought. Certainly those two deserve to be on it, so we’ll see what we can do to get them on it and go from there.”
|06.17.11 at 12:00 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday at TD Garden that even before being severely concussed on a headshot from Vancouver’s Aaron Rome in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, first-line winger Nathan Horton was playing hurt for the Bruins. Horton, who had three game-winning goals in the postseason, two of which clinched series, had been playing with a separated shoulder, according to the GM.
“Well I know Nathan, before he was hurt with his concussion was actually hurt. He had a serious separated shoulder,” Chiarelli said, adding that Horton was “hurt significantly.”
Horton had eight goals and nine assists for 17 points in the postseason, his first experience in the playoffs.
Chiarelli added that he considered the B’s lucky for their lack of injuries suffered by players.
“I think we’ll only have one, maybe two, surgeries and we’ll get that out there when I get all the information,” Chiarelli said. “But we’ve had our guys dinged up, and all teams do, like Vancouver did and Tampa did and Philly did. Montreal did. I think what I can say about the injury front is we were fortunate from that perspective. And again when you look back at past winners, I remember the one year Tampa won I think they had like twenty man-games lost due to injury the whole year in the playoffs. So you have to have an element of luck. And on that front we certainly did.”
|06.16.11 at 6:23 pm ET|
The city of Boston has released details for Saturday’s parade that will honor the Bruins for winning the Stanley Cup.
The route will begin at TD Garden at 11 a.m. and work its way through the city beginning on Causeway St. The team will travel on Duck Boats past City Hall Plaza and the Common before ending at Copley Plaza on Boylston St.
Parking restrictions across the city will be heavily enforced in the vicinity of the closed off parade route streets and fans are strongly encouraged to use public transportation. To accommodate the celebration, vehicular traffic will be banned along the parade route beginning at 9 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade at about 1 p.m.
Temporary parking restrictions will be put into effect at several locations throughout the city and vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and/or towed. Temporary ‘Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday’ regulations will be posted at the following locations:
‘¢ Canal Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
‘¢ Friend Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
‘¢ Portland Street, from Merrimac Street to Causeway Street
‘¢ Lancaster Street, from Causeway Street to Merrimac Street
‘¢ Merrimac Street , from Causeway Street to Lancaster Street
‘¢ Causeway Street, from North Washington Street to Merrimac Street
‘¢ Staniford Street, from Causeway Street to Cambridge Street
‘¢ Cambridge Street, from Hancock Street to Tremont Street
‘¢ Tremont Street, from Cambridge Street to Boylston Street
‘¢ Boylston Street, from Washington Street to Dalton Street
‘¢ New Chardon Street, from Cambridge Street to Merrimac Street
‘¢ Bowdoin Street, from Cambridge Street to Derne Street
‘¢ Somerset Street, from Cambridge Street to Ashburton Place
‘¢ New Sudbury Street, from Cambridge Street to Bulfinch Place
‘¢ Court Street, from Cambridge Street to Court Square
‘¢ Beacon Street, from Tremont Street to Somerset Street
‘¢ Bromfield Street, from Province Street to Tremont Street
‘¢ Park Street, from Tremont Street to Beacon Street
‘¢ Temple Place, from Tremont Street to Washington Street
‘¢ West Street, from Tremont Street to Washington Street
‘¢ Essex Street, from Tremont Street to Washington Street
‘¢ Charles Street South, from Park Plaza to Center gate of Public Garden
‘¢ Hadassah Way, from Boylston Street to Park Plaza
‘¢ Berkeley Street, from St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
‘¢ Clarendon Street, from Newbury Street to St. James Avenue
‘¢ Dartmouth Street, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
‘¢ St. James Avenue, from Clarendon Street to Dartmouth Street
|06.16.11 at 6:00 pm ET|
Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Mikey Adams were given plenty of material for Thursday’s Big Show when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup the night before. Here’s a brief recap of all the Bruins talk from 2-6 p.m:
–The guys played an awesome compilation of the four championship calls from the Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots from the last decade.
—NBC sideline reporter Pierre McGuire told the guys that he believed the Canucks had chemistry issues in Game 7, saying “”Coaches overreacting. I thought in the case of Alain Vingeault when the frustration set in, and the composure and the focus and basically every one of the Bruins players acting as coach. It was really an interesting dynamic to witness.”
—Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe called in from Minnesota when he was returning from Vancouver. He said he thought the hit on Nathan Horton in Game 3 signaled the turning point in the finals but perhaps not for the reasons you’d think. “I didn’t see it so much as, ‘Let’s do it for Horton.’ There’s always that element no matter what the injury, but I had a sense of a couple of things in the immediate minutes after it, which was Vancouver began to play small. They got afraid. Their skilled players were afraid because you know in those instances there has to be a payback.”