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The day after the Cup, 11:45 a.m.: Boston ratings break records 06.16.11 at 11:47 am ET
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According to Austin Karp, Asst. Managing Editor of Sports Business Daily, the Bruins-Canucks Game 7 Wednesday night earned a 5.7 rating overnight, which tied the 2003 Devils-Ducks finale as best Stanley Cup Game 7 overnight on record. It also tied for the second best Stanley Cup overnight in 37 years. It was tied with last year’s Blackhawks-Flyers Game 6.

The ratings were even better in Boston. According to Bruce Allen, Boston Sports Media Watch, the game earned a 43.4 rating locally with a 64 share. It’s the best overnight on record for a hockey game in Boston.

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The day after the cup, 11:30 a.m.: Boston stays relatively under control following win at 11:03 am ET
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Compared to the scenes in Vancouver following the Bruins Game 7 victory, Boston remained under control following the game with no major incidents. There were seven arrests following the Bruins victory, mostly for trespassing, disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property.

Boston police had a plan in place to keep the streets of Boston safe. There were hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear. Some streets were closed to traffic and barricades were set up. All of Causeway street outside the TD Garden was shut down and fans were not allowed to enter.

Bars also took measures to keep fans safe. They were asked to take in or secure outdoor furniture, black out windows to prevent crowds from gathering outside to watch the TVs inside, and not admit any customers after the end of the game’s second period.

“It’s fair to say that the vast majority of fans celebrated responsibly, and officers have done an excellent job of keeping order,” Elaine Driscoll, a spokeswoman for the Boston police, said.

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Tim Thomas believes this Bruins team has the ‘stuff’ of champions 05.13.11 at 1:57 pm ET
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Not only do Claude Julien and the team have confidence in Tim Thomas, the Bruins goalie said Friday he believes this Bruins team has already proven in two playoff series wins they have what it take to hoist the Stanley Cup in June.

“I think it was a confidence that grew throughout the year,” Thomas said of the that won the Northeast Division and entered the playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the East. “Till you get to the playoffs, you don’t really know that for sure what you have as a group. I think that the first round against Montreal was a testing ground for us. We started it out right way from some adversity, getting down in the series, 2-0. We started to find out what we were made of.

“Come to find out, we’re made of some pretty stern stuff. We have a lot of the things that it takes to win a championship, hopefully all of them.”

The 37-year-old Thomas will square off against 41-year-old goalie Dwayne Roloson and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night in Game 1. Roloson and Thomas enter the Eastern Conference finals with identical 8-3 playoff marks this spring and nearly identical goals against averages.

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