2011 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2010–11 season, and the culmination of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins defeated the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks four games to three. The Bruins ended a 39-year Stanley Cup drought with the win. Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

2011 Stanley Cup Finals
2011 Stanley Cup Final logo.svg
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Boston Bruins 02*84054 4
Vancouver Canucks 13*10120 3
* – Denotes overtime period(s)
Location(s)Boston: TD Garden (3, 4, 6)
Vancouver: Rogers Arena (1, 2, 5, 7)
CoachesBoston: Claude Julien
Vancouver: Alain Vigneault
CaptainsBoston: Zdeno Chara
Vancouver: Henrik Sedin
National anthemsBoston: Rene Rancourt
Vancouver: Mark Donnelly (Canadian)
Richard Loney (American)
RefereesDan O'Halloran (2, 4, 6, 7)
Dan O'Rourke (1, 3, 5)
Kelly Sutherland (2, 4, 6)
Stephen Walkom (1, 3, 5, 7)
DatesJune 1 – June 15
MVPTim Thomas (Bruins)
Series-winning goalPatrice Bergeron (14:37, first, G7)
Hall of FamersBruins:
Mark Recchi (2017)
Roberto Luongo (2022)
Daniel Sedin (2022)
Henrik Sedin (2022)
(English): CBC
(French): RDS
United States:
(English): NBC (1–2, 5–7), Versus (3–4)
Announcers(CBC) Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, and Glenn Healy
(RDS) Pierre Houde and Benoît Brunet
(NBC/Versus) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, and Pierre McGuire
(NHL International) Dave Strader and Joe Micheletti
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The Canucks had home ice advantage in the Finals by virtue of winning the Presidents' Trophy as the team that finished with the best regular season record (117 points).[1][2] They were also the first Canadian team to have home ice advantage in the Finals since the Montreal Canadiens had it for the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals.

On June 1, 2011, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made an announcement that Colin Campbell would be stepping down as the league's head disciplinarian to be replaced by former player Brendan Shanahan, though Campbell would continue in his job as director of hockey operations. Mike Murphy, the NHL vice-president of hockey operations, had already been put in charge of disciplinary matters for the Finals, nonetheless there were concerns raised about Campbell's impartiality in handing out discipline since his son, Gregory, was an active player on the Boston Bruins roster.[3]

The first game of the series was held on June 1, while the seventh game was played on June 15.[4] The games varied widely between those played in Vancouver and those in Boston. Prior to game seven, the Bruins had managed to score only two goals in three games played in Vancouver, against 17 scored in three games at Boston. On the other hand, while posting two shutouts in Vancouver, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo was replaced with the backup Cory Schneider twice in three games in Boston.[5] It was the fourth consecutive Stanley Cup Finals in which the deciding game was won by the road team. The Bruins scored almost three times the number of total goals as the Canucks, (23–8 in the series), but the Canucks won three games. The eight goals scored by Vancouver is the lowest number of goals scored by any team in a seven-game series in NHL history. The Canucks averaged 1.25 goals per game at home in Vancouver and one goal per game on the road, while the Bruins averaged almost six goals per game at home in Boston, and 1.5 goals per game on the road. In the seven games, the Bruins averaged roughly 3.3 goals per game, while the Canucks averaged 1.14 goals per game.

Paths to the FinalsEdit

Boston BruinsEdit

The Bruins finished the regular season as the Northeast Division champion with 103 points, earning the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In their 33rd postseason meeting, Boston eliminated their bitter rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, in the first round of the playoffs in seven games.[6] The Bruins went on to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, outscoring the Flyers 20–7 in four games.[7] Later, in the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.[8]

This was the eighteenth appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Bruins, and their first since 1990, when they lost in five games to the Edmonton Oilers.[8] It also allowed Boston to join Philadelphia as being the only cities to have had all of their teams play in each of the four major North American professional sports leagues' title rounds since 2000, following the Patriots in Super Bowls XXXVI in 2002, XXXVIII in 2004, XXXIX in 2005, XLII in 2008, XLVI in 2012, XLIX in 2015, LI in 2017, LII in 2018, and LIII in 2019. The Red Sox winning World Series titles in 2004, 2007, 2013, and 2018, and the Celtics in the NBA Finals in 2008 and 2010 and winning in 2008.[9] In addition, Boston beat out Philadelphia for playing in all of the "big" league championship rounds in the shortest time in the new millennium, as it took 9 years for Philadelphia to achieve this feat; Boston needed only three years and eight months. The Bruins would also play in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, so from 2004 to 2015 all four Boston major league teams have each reached the championship rounds at least twice and also won at least once during a decade from 2001 to 2011.[9] From 2007 to 2022, all four Boston teams have each reached the championship rounds at least three times. Following the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy ranked all seven championships during the decade and ranked the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup triumph as third, behind only the Patriots winning Super Bowl XXXVI (second) and the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series (first).[10]

The Bruins won their sixth Cup championship, and their first one since defeating the New York Rangers in 1972 in six games,[8] which makes Boston the first city to have championships in each of the four leagues in the new millennium.[11][12]

Vancouver CanucksEdit

The Canucks, in their 41st season (including 2004–05 lockout), finished the regular season with the best record at 117 points, winning their first Presidents' Trophy in team history, and the Northwest Division championship.[2] In the first round of the playoffs, the Canucks met the Chicago Blackhawks for the third consecutive postseason, having lost both previous series in six games. After Vancouver won the first three games, Chicago won the next three to force a game seven. Vancouver won the seventh game in overtime on a goal by Alex Burrows to avoid becoming the fourth team in NHL history to lose a series after taking a 3–0 series lead.[13] The second round saw the Canucks eliminate the Nashville Predators in six games, with each game in that series decided by just a single goal (with the exception of an empty net goal scored by Vancouver in Game 4).[14] Vancouver then went on to defeat the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Finals in five games.[15][16]

This was Vancouver's third appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals. In their other Finals appearance before 1994, which came during their Cinderella run of 1982, they were swept by the Islanders.[17] The most recent Canada-based NHL team to win the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.[18] The Canucks were the first team from Canada to make it to the Finals since the Ottawa Senators in 2007.[19]

With Vancouver having hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Canucks hoped to mirror what had happened following the other two Olympic Games held in Canada, in which the host city's NHL team won the Stanley Cup the following year.[20] Montreal hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics and the following year, the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup. The Calgary Flames won the Stanley Cup in 1989, the previous year Calgary had hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics.[20][21]

With the loss, Vancouver became the third team to lose in the Finals after winning the Presidents' Trophy, after the Bruins in 1990 and the Detroit Red Wings in 1995.

Triple Gold ClubEdit

Center Patrice Bergeron became the twenty-fifth player to enter the "Triple Gold Club", consisting of individuals who have won the Stanley Cup along with gold medals at the Winter Olympics, and World Championships, as a result of the Bruins winning the series. Bergeron also won gold medals as a teammate of Vancouver Canucks' goaltender Roberto Luongo at the 2004 Worlds and 2010 Olympics with Team Canada. Luongo – who also won the 2003 Worlds – would have become the first goaltender ever to enter the "Triple Gold Club", had the Canucks won. Both Luongo and Bergeron later got a second Olympic gold in the 2014 Winter Olympics .[22]

Alternatively, Bergeron has also won a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championships, joining fellow Canadians Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Chris Pronger, Joe Sakic, and Scott Niedermayer as the only players to have won the Stanley Cup and gold medals at the Olympics, World Championships and the World Juniors.[23]

Game summariesEdit

Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the entire four rounds of the playoffs

Game oneEdit

June 1 Boston Bruins 0–1 Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena Recap

Raffi Torres's goal with 18.5 seconds left in regulation broke a scoreless tie to give the Canucks the victory. The entire game was seen as a duel between the two opposing goaltenders; both Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and Boston's Tim Thomas were Vezina Trophy finalists for the 2010–11 season. Thomas stopped 33 of 34 shots while Luongo made 36 saves for his third shutout of the 2011 playoffs. Both of Luongo's two previous shutouts of the 2011 playoffs had also occurred in a game one (a 2–0 victory against Chicago in the first round, and a 1–0 victory against Nashville in the second round). This was the first time since 1984 that the opening game of the Cup Finals was scoreless through two periods.[24]

Both teams killed off all penalties in the game, including a five-on-three power play Boston had in the second period, and a double minor high-sticking penalty called on Vancouver's Daniel Sedin in the first. At the end of the first period, Vancouver's Alex Burrows was called for a double minor roughing penalty on Boston's Patrice Bergeron, while Bergeron also got a roughing minor. Replays showed that Burrows could have bit Bergeron's finger, but the evidence was inconclusive. Despite Bergeron's pleading to the referees, no additional penalty was assessed to Burrows.[24] However, despite biting being a suspendable offense, Burrows did not receive a suspension from the NHL on the grounds that no conclusive evidence that Burrows actually bit Bergeron could be found.[25]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd None
3rd VAN Raffi Torres (3) Jannik Hansen (5) and Ryan Kesler (12) 19:41 1–0 VAN
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st VAN Daniel Sedin High-sticking – double minor 04:03 4:00
BOS Chris Kelly High-sticking 08:47 2:00
VAN Alex Burrows Holding 10:18 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Holding the stick 13:25 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Roughing 20:00 2:00
VAN Alex Burrows (served by Raffi Torres) Roughing 20:00 2:00
VAN Alex Burrows Roughing 20:00 2:00
2nd VAN Kevin Bieksa High-sticking 00:28 2:00
BOS David Krejci Cross-checking 04:00 2:00
BOS Dennis Seidenberg Kneeing 09:28 2:00
BOS Rich Peverley Hooking 09:54 2:00
VAN Alex Burrows Tripping 10:02 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Tripping 17:50 2:00
3rd None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Boston 17 9 10 36
Vancouver 12 8 14 34

Game twoEdit

June 4 Boston Bruins 2–3 OT Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena Recap

In the second-fastest overtime in Stanley Cup Finals history,[26] Alex Burrows scored 11 seconds into the first overtime to give Vancouver a 3–2 win. Burrows faked a shot, causing Boston goalie Tim Thomas to move out of position, then skated around the net to put the puck into the empty net for the game-winning goal; Thomas was not able to recover his position. This was Burrows's second goal of the game. He opened the scoring with a goal in the first period during the final seconds of a power play. Boston responded with two goals in the second period, one by Milan Lucic and a power play goal by Mark Recchi. However, Daniel Sedin tied the score at 2–2 about midway through the third period.

The game featured the return of Vancouver's Manny Malhotra, who had not played a game since March 16, when he suffered a severe eye injury after taking a puck to the face.[27] Both Thomas and Roberto Luongo still had good games, stopping 30 of 33 shots and 28 of 30 shots, respectively. With his second period goal, 43-year-old Recchi became the oldest player to score in the Cup Finals.[28]

Burrows led all players with three points, including his two goals and his assist on Sedin's goal. Before playing, Burrows promised his father that he would have a big game so that his controversial biting incident in the first game would be forgotten.[29] Burrows' play only drew attention that he had not been suspended and was galling to Bruins fans as well as critics who did support a suspension.[30] Analyst Mike Milbury was extremely vocal about the league's non-suspension during NBC's telecast, saying that it was "a disgraceful call by the league ... They're impacting this series by a non-call".[31] Still, Boston head coach Claude Julien, Patrice Bergeron, and the rest of the Bruins refused to make it an excuse for not winning the game.[32]

Before the game, the Boston Red Sox baseball club moved their game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park from 7:10 p.m. EDT to 1:10 p.m. EDT to allow for Bruins fans to watch the game.[33][34] This decision proved valuable as it took 14 innings for that game to end (ending at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET),[35] pre-empting about 1/2 hour of NESN's pre-game Bruins coverage.

The road team has the puck here, and it advances—taken right away. Here's Burrows! Fakes... can't take the shot. Burrows, wraparound, scores! Alex Burrows has done it again! 11 seconds in and the Canucks are up 2–0!

Jim Hughson calling Burrows' game-winning goal in the CBC telecast

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st VAN Alex Burrows (8) – pp Chris Higgins (4) and Sami Salo (2) 12:12 1–0 VAN
2nd BOS Milan Lucic (4) Johnny Boychuk (4) and David Krejci (8) 09:00 1–1
BOS Mark Recchi (3) – pp Zdeno Chara (4) and Patrice Bergeron (12) 11:35 2–1 BOS
3rd VAN Daniel Sedin (9) Alex Burrows (8) and Alexander Edler (8) 09:37 2–2
OT VAN Alex Burrows (9) Daniel Sedin (9) and Alexander Edler (9) 00:11 3–2 VAN
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st BOS Zdeno Chara Interference 10:24 2:00
2nd VAN Kevin Bieksa Delay of game – puck over glass 01:03 2:00
VAN Aaron Rome Holding 10:26 2:00
VAN Aaron Rome Interference 18:59 2:00
3rd BOS Dennis Seidenberg Tripping 00:52 2:00
OT None
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 OT Total
Boston 11 14 5 0 30
Vancouver 11 10 11 1 33

Game threeEdit

June 6 Vancouver Canucks 1–8 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap

Boston scored four goals in the second period, and another four goals in the third, which resulted in an 8–1 rout.[36][37] Mark Recchi scored two of them; Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille each scored shorthanded; and Andrew Ference, David Krejci, Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder each tallied one of the other four.[36] Tim Thomas stopped 40 out of 41 shots, only allowing a third period goal by Jannik Hansen.[36]

At 05:07 into the first period, Vancouver's Aaron Rome received a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct for a blindside hit to the head of Boston's Nathan Horton.[36] Horton was taken off the ice on a stretcher and was then transported to a hospital for further observation.[37] However, the Bruins did not score on the ensuing five-minute power play. Following a disciplinary hearing on June 7, Rome was given a four-game suspension for the late hit which assured that he'd miss the remainder of the 2011 playoffs, the first multi-game suspension in the history of the Stanley Cup Finals. Rome and the Canucks maintained that the play was a good hit that went bad, but the NHL determined that the hit came more than a second after Horton gave up the puck. The NHL considers a hit to be late if it comes more than half a second after a player gives up possession.[38][39] A Boston Globe column by Dan Shaughnessy noted that Rome's hit on Horton inflamed the rivalry against Vancouver for that series, making it comparable to the long-running grudges that Boston's professional sports clubs held against other teams, saying "The Red Sox are playing the Yankees this week, but it is the Vancouver Canucks who '(expletive)' (rhymes with 'nuck')."[40]

In contrast to game two, which featured only 10 minutes of penalties for the entire game, game three had 145 total penalty minutes, the most in a Cup Final game since 1990. The 8–1 score was the biggest goal differential in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1996, when the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers in game two by the same score.[41]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd BOS Andrew Ference (3) Rich Peverley (7) and David Krejci (9) 00:11 1–0 BOS
BOS Mark Recchi (4) – pp Michael Ryder (7) and Andrew Ference (6) 04:22 2–0 BOS
BOS Brad Marchand (7) – sh Unassisted 11:30 3–0 BOS
BOS David Krejci (11) Michael Ryder (8) and Zdeno Chara (5) 15:47 4–0 BOS
3rd BOS Daniel Paille (3) – sh Johnny Boychuk (5) 11:38 5–0 BOS
VAN Jannik Hansen (3) Raffi Torres (3) and Maxim Lapierre (2) 13:53 5–1 BOS
BOS Mark Recchi (5) Brad Marchand (7) and Patrice Bergeron (13) 17:39 6–1 BOS
BOS Chris Kelly (5) Daniel Paille (3) and Zdeno Chara (6) 18:06 7–1 BOS
BOS Michael Ryder (6) – pp Tomas Kaberle (9) 19:29 8–1 BOS
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st VAN Aaron Rome (served by Raffi Torres) Interference – major 05:07 5:00
VAN Aaron Rome Game misconduct 05:07 10:00
BOS Adam McQuaid Delay of game – puck over glass 11:41 2:00
2nd VAN Jeff Tambellini Hooking 02:42 2:00
BOS Andrew Ference Tripping 06:22 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Slashing 10:30 2:00
BOS Johnny Boychuk High-sticking – double minor 17:36 4:00
3rd BOS Michael Ryder Roughing 02:50 2:00
BOS Zdeno Chara Unsportsmanlike conduct 03:33 2:00
VAN Alex Burrows Unsportsmanlike conduct 03:33 2:00
BOS Andrew Ference Misconduct 06:59 10:00
VAN Daniel Sedin Misconduct 06:59 10:00
BOS Shawn Thornton (served by Michael Ryder) Roughing 07:58 2:00
BOS Shawn Thornton Misconduct 07:58 10:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Boarding 09:11 2:00
VAN Alex Burrows Slashing 11:16 2:00
VAN Alex Burrows Misconduct 11:16 10:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Fighting – major 11:16 5:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Misconduct 11:16 10:00
BOS Milan Lucic (served by Michael Ryder) Slashing 11:16 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Roughing 11:16 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Misconduct 11:16 10:00
BOS Dennis Seidenberg Fighting – major 11:16 5:00
BOS Dennis Seidenberg Misconduct 11:16 10:00
BOS Andrew Ference Misconduct 17:51 10:00
VAN Kevin Bieksa Misconduct 17:51 10:00
VAN Raffi Torres Charging 18:53 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Vancouver 12 16 13 41
Boston 7 14 17 38

Game fourEdit

June 8 Vancouver Canucks 0–4 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap

Tim Thomas made 38 saves and Rich Peverley scored two goals as Boston shut out Vancouver, 4–0, to even the series. Roberto Luongo, who stopped only 16 out of 20 shots, was replaced by backup goalie Cory Schneider after giving up the fourth Boston goal at 03:39 of the third period.[42] Thomas' shutout was the first for the Bruins in a Stanley Cup Finals since Gerry Cheevers' 4–0 win over the Montreal Canadiens in game three of the 1978 Stanley Cup Finals.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st BOS Rich Peverley (3) David Krejci (10) and Zdeno Chara (7) 11:59 1–0 BOS
2nd BOS Michael Ryder (7) Tyler Seguin (4) and Chris Kelly (8) 11:11 2–0 BOS
BOS Brad Marchand (8) Patrice Bergeron (14) 13:29 3–0 BOS
3rd BOS Rich Peverley (4) Milan Lucic (7) and David Krejci (11) 03:39 4–0 BOS
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st BOS Michael Ryder Tripping 06:58 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Cross-checking 16:10 2:00
2nd VAN Mason Raymond High-sticking 07:41 2:00
VAN Andrew Alberts Slashing 12:05 2:00
BOS Rich Peverley Cross-checking 12:05 2:00
BOS Johnny Boychuk Delay of game – puck over glass 18:49 2:00
3rd VAN Daniel Sedin Slashing 00:52 2:00
BOS Mark Recchi High-sticking 9:14 2:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Slashing 10:25 2:00
VAN Maxim Lapierre Slashing 14:35 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand (served by Tyler Seguin) Roughing 17:33 2:00
VAN Keith Ballard Roughing 17:33 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Holding 17:33 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Tripping 17:33 2:00
BOS Adam McQuaid Misconduct 17:33 10:00
VAN Alex Burrows Cross-checking 18:09 2:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Roughing 18:09 2:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Misconduct 18:09 10:00
BOS Zdeno Chara Roughing 18:09 2:00
BOS Zdeno Chara Misconduct 18:09 10:00
BOS Tim Thomas (served by Shawn Thornton) Slashing 18:09 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Vancouver 12 13 13 38
Boston 6 12 11 29

Game fiveEdit

June 10 Boston Bruins 0–1 Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena Recap

Roberto Luongo made 31 saves and Maxim Lapierre scored the game's only goal to give Vancouver a 3–2 series lead. This was the second 1–0 victory for Vancouver in the Finals; game one ended with the same score. Lapierre's goal came at 04:35 into the third period. Kevin Bieksa's shot went wide and rebounded off the end boards to Lapierre on the other side of the net, who then beat Tim Thomas after the Boston goalie was unable to recover his position in time. Thomas made 24 saves in the loss.[43][44]

Luongo joined Frank McCool as the only goalie to have two 1–0 shutouts in the Stanley Cup Finals; McCool's victories came 66 years earlier in 1945.[45][46]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st None
2nd None
3rd VAN Maxim Lapierre (2) Kevin Bieksa (5) and Raffi Torres (4) 04:35 1–0 VAN
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st VAN Raffi Torres Tripping 01:39 2:00
VAN Henrik Sedin Interference 06:54 2:00
VAN Andrew Alberts Roughing 14:13 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Tripping 19:27 2:00
VAN Alex Burrows Unsportsmanlike conduct 19:27 2:00
2nd VAN Ryan Kesler Goaltender interference 04:18 2:00
BOS Adam McQuaid Holding 07:22 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Holding 15:56 2:00
3rd BOS Rich Peverley Tripping 12:09 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Boston 12 9 10 31
Vancouver 6 12 7 25

Game sixEdit

June 13 Vancouver Canucks 2–5 Boston Bruins TD Garden Recap

Boston defeated Vancouver 5–2 in front of a roaring TD Garden crowd to force a deciding game seven, the 16th in Finals history. The Bruins scored four goals in a span of 4:14 in the first period, breaking the record for the quickest four goals tallied by one team in the Cup Finals.[47] For the second time in the series, Roberto Luongo was replaced by backup goalie Cory Schneider; this came after Luongo gave up Boston's third goal at 08:35.[48]

Vancouver's Mason Raymond suffered a fractured vertebra 20 seconds into the game on an awkward hit into the boards by Johnny Boychuk, and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.[49]

With the loss, the Canucks fell to 3–5 in the 2011 playoffs in games in which they had a chance to clinch a series with a win.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st BOS Brad Marchand (9) Mark Recchi (6) and Dennis Seidenberg (8) 05:31 1–0 BOS
BOS Milan Lucic (5) Rich Peverley (8) and Johnny Boychuk (6) 06:06 2–0 BOS
BOS Andrew Ference (4) – pp Michael Ryder (9) and Mark Recchi (7) 08:35 3–0 BOS
BOS Michael Ryder (8) Tomas Kaberle (10) 09:45 4–0 BOS
2nd None
3rd VAN Henrik Sedin (3) – pp Daniel Sedin (10) and Christian Ehrhoff (10) 00:22 4–1 BOS
BOS David Krejci (12) – pp Mark Recchi (8) and Tomas Kaberle (11) 06:59 5–1 BOS
VAN Maxim Lapierre (3) Daniel Sedin (11) and Jannik Hansen (4) 17:34 5–2 BOS
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st VAN Henrik Sedin Unsportsmanlike conduct 00:56 2:00
BOS Zdeno Chara Interference 00:56 2:00
VAN Alexander Edler Boarding 07:55 2:00
VAN Ryan Kesler Holding 10:31 2:00
VAN Bench (served by Raffi Torres) Too many men on the ice 17:09 2:00
2nd BOS Patrice Bergeron Goaltender interference 00:28 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Interference 12:15 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Elbowing 19:08 2:00
3rd VAN Raffi Torres Tripping 05:23 2:00
VAN Andrew Alberts Cross-checking 06:11 2:00
VAN Alex Burrows Slashing 06:59 2:00
BOS Patrice Bergeron Cross-checking 06:59 2:00
BOS Mark Recchi Tripping 11:32 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand (served by David Krejci) Roughing 18:29 2:00
BOS Brad Marchand Misconduct 18:29 10:00
BOS Shawn Thornton Misconduct 18:29 10:00
VAN Daniel Sedin Misconduct 18:29 10:00
VAN Maxim Lapierre Misconduct 18:29 10:00
BOS Dennis Seidenberg Cross-checking 19:03 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Vancouver 11 11 16 38
Boston 19 8 13 40

Game sevenEdit

June 15 Boston Bruins 4–0 Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena Recap
External video
  Game 7 Full replay (NHL International's feed) on the NHL's official YouTube channel

In Boston's first-ever game seven of a Stanley Cup Finals, Tim Thomas made 37 saves as Boston shut out Vancouver, 4–0, to win the Stanley Cup. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each scored two of Boston's goals. Bergeron scored first at 14:37 in the first period, then had a shorthanded goal at 17:35 in the second. Marchand's first goal came at 12:13 of the second period; he then scored on an empty net late in the third. Roberto Luongo stopped 17 out of 20 shots in the loss.[11][50] The game was the last of Mark Recchi's 22 year NHL career; he announced his retirement immediately afterward, during the post-game celebration.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st BOS Patrice Bergeron (5) Brad Marchand (8) 14:37 1–0 BOS
2nd BOS Brad Marchand (10) Dennis Seidenberg (9) and Mark Recchi (9) 12:13 2–0 BOS
BOS Patrice Bergeron (6) – sh Dennis Seidenberg (10) and Gregory Campbell (3) 17:35 3–0 BOS
3rd BOS Brad Marchand (11) – en none 17:16 4–0 BOS
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st None
2nd BOS Zdeno Chara Interference 16:07 2:00
3rd VAN Jannik Hansen Interference 05:33 2:00
BOS Milan Lucic Hooking 11:34 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Boston 5 8 8 21
Vancouver 8 13 16 37


In Canada, the series was televised in English on CBC and in French on the cable network RDS.[4] In the United States, NBC broadcast the first two and final three games, while Versus (now NBCSN) televised games three and four.[4]


Game one on NBC drew the best television ratings for a first game since game one of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, drawing a 3.2 rating, up 14 percent from game one of the 2010 Finals.[19] The rating was boosted by heavy interest in Boston's large market, which posted a 25.5/39, topping the 19.1/34 for game one of the 2010 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.[19]

In contrast, game two drew just 3.37 million viewers for NBC, making it the least-watched Stanley Cup Finals broadcast on U.S. network television since game five in 2007, which also was the last time a Canadian team (the Ottawa Senators) advanced to the Cup Finals.[51]

Games six, five and one are the third, fourth, and fifth most-watched CBC Sports programs with an average Canadian audience of 6.6 million, 6.1 million, and 5.6 million viewers respectively, after the men's ice hockey gold medal game between Canada and the United States at the 2002 Winter Olympics.[52][53][54] Game seven was the highest rated game on both sides of the border; in Canada, it was second most-watched CBC Sports program, drawing an average of 8.76 million viewers and trailing only the men's gold medal game in ice hockey at the 2002 Winter Olympics;[55] In the US, NBC's broadcast drew a 5.7 national overnight rating and a 10 share (numbers that equaled game seven of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals),[55] a number later updated to 8.5 million viewers, making the game the most-watched NHL broadcast in the US since 1973;[55] in the Boston market alone, the broadcast pulled in a 43.4 rating and a 64 share.[55]

Vancouver riotsEdit

Fans watching the finals in Vancouver

The final game of the series attracted huge crowds on the streets of Vancouver who gathered to watch the game on outside monitors and cheer the home team on. Shortly before the game ended with the apparent loss for Vancouver, fires were set on West Georgia Street. After the game ended, cars were set on fire and fighting broke out. Soon, a riot was in progress in downtown Vancouver, with police cars set on fire, shops looted and attendant destruction of property. The damage was expected to be greater than the 1994 Vancouver riots that occurred after Vancouver lost the Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Rangers.


Team rostersEdit

Years indicated in boldface under the "Finals appearance" column signify that the player won the Stanley Cup in the given year.

Boston BruinsEdit

Zdeno Chara captained the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup championship in 39 years
# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
37   Patrice BergeronA C R 2003 L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec first
55   Johnny Boychuk D R 2008 Edmonton, Alberta first
11   Gregory Campbell C L 2010 London, Ontario first
33   Zdeno CharaC D L 2006 Trenčín, Czechoslovakia first
21   Andrew Ference D L 2007 Edmonton, Alberta second (2004)
18   Nathan Horton RW R 2010 Welland, Ontario first
12   Tomas Kaberle D L 2011 Rakovník, Czechoslovakia first
23   Chris Kelly C L 2011 Toronto, Ontario second (2007)
46   David Krejci C R 2004 Šternberk, Czechoslovakia first
17   Milan Lucic LW L 2006 Vancouver, British Columbia first
63   Brad Marchand LW L 2006 Halifax, Nova Scotia first
54   Adam McQuaid D R 2006 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island first
20   Daniel Paille LW L 2009 Welland, Ontario first
49   Rich Peverley RW R 2011 Guelph, Ontario first
40   Tuukka Rask G L 2006 Savonlinna, Finland first
28   Mark RecchiA RW L 2009 Kamloops, British Columbia third (1991, 2006)
73   Michael Ryder RW R 2008 Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador first
91   Marc Savard C L 2006 Ottawa, Ontario
19   Tyler Seguin RW R 2010 Brampton, Ontario first
44   Dennis Seidenberg D L 2010 Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany first
30   Tim Thomas G L 2002 Flint, Michigan first
22   Shawn Thornton RW R 2007 Oshawa, Ontario second (2007)

Vancouver CanucksEdit

Henrik Sedin captained the Canucks to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1994
# Nat Player Position Hand Acquired Place of birth Finals appearance
41   Andrew Alberts D L 2010 Minneapolis, Minnesota first
4   Keith Ballard D L 2010 Baudette, Minnesota first
3   Kevin BieksaA D R 2001 Grimsby, Ontario first
49   Alexandre Bolduc C L 2008 Montreal, Quebec first
14   Alex Burrows LW L 2005 Pincourt, Quebec first
23   Alexander Edler D L 2004 Östersund, Sweden first
5   Christian Ehrhoff D L 2009 Moers, West Germany first
15   Tanner Glass LW L 2009 Regina, Saskatchewan first
2   Dan Hamhuis D L 2010 Smithers, British Columbia first
36   Jannik Hansen RW R 2004 Herlev, Denmark first
20   Chris Higgins LW L 2011 Smithtown, New York first
17   Ryan KeslerA C R 2003 Livonia, Michigan first
40   Maxim Lapierre C R 2011 Montreal, Quebec first
1   Roberto Luongo G L 2006 Montreal, Quebec first
27   Manny MalhotraA C L 2010 Mississauga, Ontario first
38   Victor Oreskovich RW R 2010 Whitby, Ontario first
21   Mason Raymond LW L 2005 Cochrane, Alberta first
29   Aaron Rome D L 2009 Brandon, Manitoba first
6   Sami Salo D R 2002 Turku, Finland first
26   Mikael Samuelsson RW R 2009 Mariefred, Sweden third (2008, 2009)
35   Cory Schneider G L 2004 Marblehead, Massachusetts first
22   Daniel SedinA LW L 1999 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden first
33   Henrik SedinC C L 1999 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden first
10   Jeff Tambellini LW L 2010 Calgary, Alberta first
18   Christopher Tanev D R 2010 Toronto, Ontario first
13   Raffi Torres LW L 2010 Toronto, Ontario second (2006)

Stanley Cup engravingEdit

Milan Lucic hoists the Stanley Cup after Game seven

The 2011 Stanley Cup was presented to Boston Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman following the Bruins' 4–0 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh game of the finals.

The following Bruins players and staff had their names engraved on the Stanley Cup

2010–11 Boston Bruins


  • 1 Played both Centre and Wing

Coaching and administrative staff

  • Jeremy Jacobs Sr. (Chairman/Owner/Governor), Margaret Jacobs (Owner), Charles Jacobs (Owner/Alternate Governor), Jerry Jacobs Jr. (Alternate Governor/Owner)
  • Louis Jacobs (Alternate Governor/Owner), Cam Neely (President/Alternate Governor), Peter Chiarelli (General Manager/Alternate Governor), Jim Benning (Asst. General Manager)
  • Don Sweeney (Asst. General Manager), Claude Julien (Head Coach), Doug Jarvis (Asst. Coach), Geoff Ward (Asst. Coach)
  • Doug Houda (Asst. Coach), Bob Essensa (Goaltending Coach), Harry Sinden (Senior Advisor), John Bucyk (Road Service Coordinator)
  • Scott Bradley (Director of Player Personnel), Wayne Smith (Director of Amateur Scouting), John Weisbrod (Director of Collegiate Scouting), Adam Creighton (Scout),
  • Tom McVie (Scout), Dale Hamilton-Powers (Director of Administration), Matt Chmura (Director of Communications),
  • Don DelNegro (Athletic Trainer), John Whitesides (Strength-Conditioning Coach), Derek Repucci (Asst. Athletic Trainer/Massage Therapist), Keith Robinson (Equipment Manager),
  • Jim "Beats" Johnson (Asst. Equipment Manager), Scott Waugh (Physical Therapist)

Stanley Cup engraving

  • Jeremy & Margaret Jacobs' last name was listed only once for both owners.
  • Patrice Bergeron was given permission to include both his father and mother's surnames and be listed as "Patrice Bergeron-Cleary."
  • Jim Johnson (Asst. Equipment Manager) was given permission to include his nickname "Beats."
  • Marc Savard only played 25 regular season games due to multiple concussions, but was on the NHL roster for the entire season. The NHL granted the Bruins' request to have his name included on the Stanley Cup. Savard never played again in the NHL.

Included on the team picture, left off the Stanley Cup

  • The NHL declined the team's request to have defencemen Steven Kampfer, who played in 38 regular season games in the NHL and 22 games with the AHL's Providence Bruins; and Shane Hnidy, a late-season signing who played 3 regular season and 3 playoff games, engraved on the Cup. Neither had played enough games for the Boston Bruins during the season.[57] Boston added the two scouts who had been with the team the longest in their place.
  • Matt Falconer (Asst. Equipment Manager).
  • Seven scouts were left off the Stanley Cup (due to 52 name limit). All were awarded Stanley Cup Rings,[58] along with many personnel connected to the Boston Bruins, including ticket agents, the office staff, National Anthem singer Rene Rancourt, commentators Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley, popcorn vendors and TD Garden security officers. In total, the Bruins gave out a record 504 Stanley Cup rings.

See alsoEdit


Inline citations
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