|The day after the cup, 12:00 p.m.: No injury talk from Ryan Kesler||06.16.11 at 12:01 pm ET|
After Game 7 Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, who was rumored to have a groin injury, would not discuss any injuries or use them as an excuse. “I’m not going to sit here and complain about injuries,” he said. “I was out there. I gave it everything I had tonight and I’m proud of that, I’m proud of the guys that were in this dressing room. It’s disappointing, but we are going to stick together through this one.
Kesler did give the Bruins credit for their victory, especially Tim Thomas. “We had our shots, we definitely had our shots,” he said. “Thomas played great. He stopped everything he needed to. They are a good team. They didn’t get here by chance, we didn’t get here by chance. Game 7, anything can happen. We had a chance to put them away in their building [in Game 6] and we didn’t.”
“It’s hard to swallow, it’s emotional, it’s tough. Hopefully we can reflect on this for a couple of days and get over it,” Kesler said.
Since 1990 six goaltenders have won the Conn Smythe Trophy, that is until Tim Thomas won it this year as the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Bill Ranford won it in 1990 with the Oilers, Patrick Roy won it in 1993 and in 2001, and he also won it back in 1986. Red Wings goaltender Mike Vernon captured it in 1996. Only one goaltender won the award even though their team lost in the Stanley Cup Finals, Jean-Sébastien Giguère earned it in 2003 when the Ducks of Anaheim lost to the Devils. Cam Ward was the last goalie to win the award with the Hurricanes in 2006.
Seven centers, four defensemen and one winger were the other positions to win the award in that span. Since the award was originated in 1964 there have now been 14 goaltenders have win the award.
After the Bruins 4-0 victory in Game 7 over the Canucks, the mood among the media and fans in Vancouver/Canada was a great season, but ending in disappointment.
Roy Macgregor of The Globe and Mail writes that it has been 18 years since the Stanley Cup has been won by a Canadian team. Macgregor details other Canadian teams that have been close, but could not win the Cup. He also highlights Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and Milian Lucic hoisting the cup. He ends by asking a question that is on many people’s minds regarding Roberto Luongo: “Can he win the big one?”
Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun takes a look at the Sedin Twins and how the series went for them. He also gets their opinion on the riots after the game. “It’s terrible,” Henrik said. “This city and province have a lot to be proud of.” He also writes that the Bruins “showed no respect for the Canucks’ gaudy regular season numbers, pounding the Vancouver skill players at will with little fear of retribution.”
Following the Bruins Game 7 victory over the Canucks, the analysts on TSN were asked who they felt on Vancouver deserved most of the blame for the loss.
“When you get to Game 7 of a Stanley Cup championship, you need your big guys to come up large,” TSN hockey analyst Ray Ferraro said. “[Ryan] Kesler came up with nothing. The Sedins were both minus four, [Roberto] Luongo gave up three goals, and it was curtains.”
“People are going to point the finger at Luongo – he gives up three goals on 10 shots in this game,” said TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie.
“He’s certainly not going to get the benefit of the doubt because of the debacle in Boston in Game 6 where he gave up three goals on eight shots and the game got completely away from him on a night when Vancouver could have clinched the Stanley Cup. Back-to-back [poor] games, it’s going to be difficult for Roberto Luongo to dodge the bullet on that one.”
Ferraro also shared the same feeling on Luongo. “Luongo was not able to get out of his own way and after the Game 6 debacle; you know this was going to be a challenge for him. In this game he wasn’t worse than average, but it wasn’t good enough,” he said.
“I think Vancouver showed up. They had a nice start to the game,” said Ferraro. “But I think the Bruins played a virtually perfect road game, and on the stage of Game 7 I would say it was perfect.”
|Game 7 countdown, 1 p.m.: Inside the numbers||06.15.11 at 1:18 pm ET|
With the Stanley Cup finals clincher getting closer, here are a few statistics worth noting about Game 7:
– The home team is 12-3 all-time in Game 7s in the Stanley Cup finals.
– Canadian teams are 4-0 all-time at home in Game 7s during the Stanley Cup finals.
– The Canucks have won six straight games at home. They had two streaks of six straight wins at home during the regular season but never got to seven straight.
– No team has ever won three Game 7s in the same playoff year.
– The Bruins have never won a Game 7 on the road in any playoff series. They are 0-4, with the last loss coming against the Canadiens in 2008.
|Game 7 countdown, noon: Vancouver police ‘part of the crowd’||at 11:59 am ET|
The city of Vancouver is preparing for Game 7 and the mass of people that will take to its streets. Almost 100,000 people are expected to pack the streets both during and following the game. The Vancouver police have a plan in place similar to the Olympics to maintain crowd control, called “meet and greet.”
“We’re a part of the crowd and we’re part of the event,” police spokesman Lindsey Houghton said. “It’s way more fun, a much better experience, the night goes by quick and at the end of the day everybody’s got stories to tell.”
Police are not expecting anything close to the riots that followed the Canucks’ Game 7 loss in 1994. Houghton said there has been a change in the party culture. “It’s a different atmosphere around here,” he said.
City liquor stores have been requested to close early, and police from other cites have been called in for reinforcement.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review notes that only three road teams in any North American professional sport have won a Game 7 over the past four decades. Those teams all have come from Pittsburgh.
The Pirates have two Game 7 wins on road. In 1971 they defeated the Orioles, 2-1, in Baltimore. In 1979 the Pirates also faced the Orioles in the World Series. The Pirates also won that series in seven games, with the seventh game being played in Baltimore. The Pirates won by a score of 4-1.
Most recently, the Penguins won Game 7 on the road to capture the 2009 Stanley Cup. They defeated the Red Wings, 2-1. That series went exactly the same way the Bruins-Canucks series has gone so far, with the home team winning every game, until Game 7 when the Penguins finally won on the opposing team’s ice.
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