Congratulations go out to the Boston Bruins, who took Game 7 in a convincing 4-0 win over Vancouver to win their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. Patrice Bergeron led the way with two goals, while Brad Marchand was a force all night long, adding two goals (one an empty netter) and an assist. Tim Thomas pitched another shutout to earn the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and Zdeno Chara lifted the Cup to new heights as he received it from Commissioner Gary Bettman. Mark Recchi announced his retirement from playing immediately after the game as well, not a bad way to go out at all!
Of course, former Nashville Predator Rich Peverley was right there in the mix, too. He only had one shot in 16:50 of ice time, but his speed and puck protection helped contribute to Boston's wearing down of the Vancouver defense. Overall, he chipped in 4 goals and 8 assists in 25 playoff games this spring.
Over at Hockey Gear HQ (a side project of mine), I've got a sampling of places where you can find Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Champions gear already on sale.