Speaking after his team's 4-0 win in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals -- and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for series MVP -- Bruins goalie Tim Thomas admitted to experiencing some nervousness both during the B's 5-2 Game 6 win, and heading into the season's final game.

VANCOUVER -- Cam Neely finally won the Stanley Cup Wednesday night at Rogers Arena, and though he did it in a suit rather than a uniform, the Bruins president had difficulty expressing the emotion with which he was overcome.

"It's been very special," Neely said after the Bruins took Game 7 of the finals over the Canucks. It's been extremely special. It's hard to really put into words, but it's so special to be able to say that you're involved with a Stanley Cup champion team." 

One man's diary from a Game 7 that turned out to be the end of a 39-year drought and the completion of the greatest seven-year run by any city in North American sports history ...

8:00 p.m. (EST): To be safe, I just threw all the numbers out the window.



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Talking to WHDH-TV following the Bruins' 4-0 Game 7 win, clinching the Stanley Cup championship for the B's, injured forward Nathan Horton admitted to pouring water that was TD Garden ice onto the Rogers Arena ice surface prior to the season's final game.

 

"We wanted to put our ice on their ice and make it our ice," Horton told Channel 7. "I was trying to be sneaky."

Despite being out of the past three games with a concussion, Horton joined his teammates on the ice following the victory, taking his turn to hoist the Stanley Cup.

In delivering one of the most dominating goaltending performances in postseason history and leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the most outstanding player of 2011 playoffs. 

He earned the honor with staggering and historic numbers. He established new all-time records by making 798 saves on 849 saves in 25 games, both new standards. Thomas appropriately ended his epic season with his fourth shutout of the playoffs. 

Patrice Bergeron scored just over 14 minutes into the game and added spectacular shorthander in the second while Tim Thomas turned away all 37 shots as the Bruins blanked the Canucks, 4-0, in Game 7 at Rogers Arena to capture their first Stanley Cup since 1972. In winning the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history, they become the first team ever to win three Game 7s in one playoff season. Brad Marchand also scored twice for the Bruins, including an empty-netter to seal the game with 2:44 remaining. 

Former NHL player and current Vancouver sports radio host Ray Ferraro joined Mut & Merloni Wednesday to preview Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and give some perspective from the Canucks fan base.

Ferraro said that despite another Boston blowout in Game 6, Vancouver fans aren't too worried about their chances Wednesday.

VANCOUVER -- Canucks alternate captain Daniel Sedin spoke Wednesday at Rogers Arena, a day after word emerged that he guaranteed victory in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, something he did not do.

The Canucks forward wasn't pleased with the idea that he guaranteed victory, and said Wednesday that expressing confidence at home is different from providing a guarantee.

Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Stanley Cup finals Game 7.

Turco has been a guest analyst for NHL Network since his team was eliminated by the Canucks in the opening round. Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champion, fell behind 3-0 in the series before rallying to force a Game 7 that Vancouver won 2-1.

Turco made it clear that he doesn't like the Canucks' brash style.

Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to offer his thoughts from an official’s viewpoint on the Stanley Cup finals.