Wednesday night's Game 7 between the Bruins and Canucks received a 43.4 rating Nielsen household rating in Boston, making it the highest-rated Bruins game in history.

Nationally, the game drew a 5.7 rating, up 14 percent from the last Game 7 of the Cup finals (Pittsburgh-Detroit, 2009) and the second-highest rated game of the last 35 years of the Stanley Cup Finals, trailing only Game 6 of last year's Blackhawks-Flyers series.

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Mayor Thomas Menino has announced that the Stanley Cup parade for the Bruins will be on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. It will be the seventh championship parade since 2002 in the city of Boston. 

The parade was initially rumored to perhaps take place on Friday, but Menino said Saturday was a better fit for several players who had prior commitments on Friday.

“This is the players' rally, not my rally,” Menino said. “We wanted to do what the players wanted. They’re the ones that brought the championship to Boston."

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs -- long a target of fans and media for a perceived failure to spend money -- praised the fans moments after the 4-0 Game 7 win over the Canucks on Wednesday.

“It will be a love fest until our next loss,” Jacobs told “But yeah, they deserve it. They deserve the win. They’ve been great fans. They’ve stuck with me, they stuck with the franchise and they’ve done it right. Now they have a great team and they got what they deserved for so long.” 

VANCOUVER – Somewhere in between Panthers forward Nathan Horton requesting a trade and the Bruins’ coming parade, Mark Recchi laid out his plans for the 2010-11 season.

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.



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.