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06/16/2011 - 6:41am
Mashup: Vancouver riots after Cup final

Reaction to the Bruins' Stanley Cup victory in Vancouver was not positive, to put it mildly. Cars and garbage cans were set on fire, store windows were smashed and department stores were looted. There were unconfirmed reports of four stabbings.

"We have a small number of hooligans on the streets of Vancouver causing problems," Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said. "It's absolutely disgraceful and shameful and by no means represents the city of Vancouver. ... We have had an extraordinary run in the playoff, great celebration. What's happened tonight is despicable."

In a sign of the times, a Facebook group was set up to identify rioting suspects via shared photos.

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


06/15/2011 - 11:46pm
Thomas admits nervousness in final games

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.

"Right off the opening face-off there was a guy that whacked it backhand from the outside blue line right off the opening face-off and I just lost it," Thomas recalled from Game 6. "It was up in the air and I went into full panic mode in my mind. Then Vancouver put the pressure on and whizzed the puck around the crease four or five different times, shot just wide. And I was on my heels there for a second, and that was the first time that I'd gotten nervous during the finals. So, yeah, I was scared. I won't lie. I had nerves yesterday and today. I faked it as well as I could, and I faked my way all the way to the Stanley Cup."

Thomas was asked...
06/15/2011 - 11:41pm
Neely: Finally winning Cup 'very very special'
By: DJ Bean

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." 

The former Canucks and Bruins forward played 13 years in the NHL, totaling 395 goals and 299 assists for 694 points. Hip issues forced him to retire without having ever won the Stanley Cup.

"It was difficult. Especially when it's not really your terms when you have to leave the game, it was very difficult," Neely said. "To be out here now is very, very special."

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06/15/2011 - 10:30pm
Horton poured Garden ice on Rogers Arena

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.

"It's hard to explain how happy I am and be part of the Boston Bruins," he said. 

For more coverage of the Stanley Cup-winning Bruins, see the team page at weei.com/bruins.

 


06/15/2011 - 9:54pm
Thomas earns Conn Smythe as MVP

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. 

Thomas made several spectacular saves in the third period, including a pair on Jannik Hansen, finishing with a 37-save performance in the first Game 7 of a Stanley Cup finals series in Bruins history. 

For complete coverage, visit the Bruins team page at weei.com/bruins and the Big Bad Blog


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