Thursday, June 16, 2011
2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins
Well, got another prediction wrong, but I'm not too surprised. I've been touting Boston for a couple months as the Beast of the East. The Bruins's physical style (typical of the Northeast and Atlantic divisions) wore down Vancouver as the series wore on. Vancouver sorely missed the services of d-man Dan Hamhuis and couldn't solve Tim Thomas. Even in the games they outshot Boston, not too many of the shots were good scoring chances.
What can you say about Thomas? He was clearly deserving of the Conn Smythe trophy he won. He stepped up his game and was nearly unbeatable, becoming the 4th goalie to record a Game 7 shutout - the first to do so on the road.
Haven't looked back at my predictions, but I think I only got three wrong during the whole playoffs. Not too shabby.