Thursday's notes: Bruins celebrate as Vancouver recovers, Preds add a forward?

VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Rich Peverley #49 of the Boston Bruins celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4 to 0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Last night's game brought forth a wide range of reaction, from jubilation in the Boston locker room to terrifying destruction in the streets of Vancouver, as fans flipped cars, started fires, and generally disgraced one of the finest cities in North America.

Follow after the jump for all that and a whole lot more, including word that perhaps the Predators have signed another skilled European forward to bring over to North America...

Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship gear now available | Hockey Gear HQ
Here are some of the best places to find hats, t-shirts, jerseys, clothing and all sorts of items dedicated to the champs.

Nashville Predators News - Juuso Puustinen
The guys at CapGeek say the Preds have picked up a forward from Europe (thanks for the tip on Twitter, Seth). - Juuso Puustinen
He sounds like a bit of a softie, but at least at 23 he's a fair bit younger than Linus Klasen, and thus has a chance of developing upside. Here's some video of one of his goals:

Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher buy rural plot for home - The Tennessean
"Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above..."

Preds On The Glass: Claude Julien Speaks After Winning the Stanley Cup (Transcript)
This has got to feel good for Claude Julien, who was fired by New Jersey back in 2007 right before the playoffs, despite leading the Devils to a division championship and high Eastern Conference seed.

Local player hopes to follow in Geoffrion’s footsteps " Inside Smashville
Amanda checks in with Sebastien Lemm, a local teenager who hopes to follow in Sidney Crosby's footsteps.

Preds in review: Nick Spaling - Predators Insider
Can Nick Spaling develop into a 30-point center? He's young, so I hope so.

Breaking down today’s Preds news - Predators Insider
Things sound pretty good on the Joel Ward front, at least that the lines of communication are open and that even if July 1 comes and goes, he's still talking with the Preds.

New contract gives defense prospect another opportunity to make it with Predators - Nashville City Paper
Will the Alexander Sulzer trade clear the way for Teemu Laakso to get more ice time with the Preds? I could see him as a 7th-D candidate since he has been around a while.

Horachek knows he's staying with Predators, awaits word on specific duties - Nashville City Paper
It's not as simple as Horachek-takes-Peterson's-role and Lambert-takes-Horachek's.

Around the NHL

YouTube - CBC's 2011 NHL Playoffs Montage (June 15)
Here's the video that CBC played at the end of the game last night, awesome stuff as usual. YOU MUST SEE THIS (and you know how rarely I used the ALL CAPS nonsense), it has a real mix of up and down moments for the Preds, obviously.

Thousands of People Join Anti-Riot Facebook Pages - Mashable
The city of Vancouver had a horrifying response to the loss, with rioting breaking out in various parts of town. At least some folks tried to respond in a positive manner, but still, what a black eye to them. This post as a ton of video showing the scene from last night.

Fin Out: Vancouver Loses Game Seven - Nucks Misconduct
This could not have been easy to write.

Video: Nathan Horton pours Boston water on Vancouver ice - Puck Daddy
OK, this was super-duper cool.

Video: Boychuk’s bottle-opener mouth; Lucic champ-beer bath - Puck Daddy
A look inside the victorious locker room.

Bruins' Mark Recchi announces retirement -
There's no better way to cap off a career.

Record-setting series for Thomas -
Did Tim Thomas just complete the greatest season a goalie's ever had?

Tomas Kaberle Wins The Stanley Cup - Pension Plan Puppets
Toronto fans can take some enjoyment from watching their longtime defenseman win the Cup.

Dear Vancouver Canucks... - The Copper & Blue
Now that's not nice at all... Funny, though.

How Thomas Changed the Position - The Goalie Guild
I don't know if we can say he's changed it yet (let's look back in a few years), but Tim Thomas sure is fun to watch.

Stars sign Dan Spang to one-way contract? - The Dallas Morning News
After promoting their AHL coach to Dallas, it's not surprising to see them bring up a player or two, as well.

Report: Niclas Wallin signs with Luleå Hockeyförening in Sweden - Fear The Fin
One of the Sharks' defensemen is heading back over across the Atlantic...

Flyers seem ready to turn Ilya Bryzgalov into Richie Rich - Broad Street Hockey
A long-term deal with a hefty price tag? That's become increasingly uncommon around the NHL in recent years.

Blackhawks extend Scotty Bowman's contract - The Globe and Mail
I tell ya, this kid has a future in this game.

Renovated RecZone, with new name, to reopen in mid-August - Canes Country
Carolina's practice rink has gone through some financial problems, but appears to be on the way back.

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