This year's Stanley Cup Finals was one for the ages as one of the oddest and most random series of games that you could imagine. NHL Media Services put together a release that covers plenty of ground in trying to capture the essence of the series. make the jump for a ton of information...
BRUINS CAPTURE SIXTH STANLEY CUP, FIRST SINCE 1972
The Boston Bruins have captured their sixth Stanley Cup since joining the NHL in 1924-25 and their first championship since 1972. They had lost each of their past five Final series, in 1974 (to Philadelphia), 1977 and 1978 (to Montreal) and 1988 and 1990 (to Edmonton).
Stanley Cup Standings Since NHL's Founding in 1917-18
23 – Montreal Canadiens *
13 – Toronto Maple Leafs *
11 – Detroit Red Wings
6 - Boston Bruins (1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011)
5 –Edmonton Oilers
4 – Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, New York Rangers
3 – Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils
2 – Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers
1 – Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning
* Montreal won the Stanley Cup in 1916, Toronto Blueshirts won in 1914 (prior to formation of NHL)
GAME 7 IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL
The Bruins join the 1945 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1971 Montreal Canadiens and 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins as the only clubs to win Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on the road (home teams are now 12-4).
Year Result Notes
1942 Detroit 1 at Toronto 3 Three goals in third period overcame 1-0 deficit
1945 Toronto 2 at Detroit 1 Babe Pratt's power-play goal in third period broke 1-1 tie
1950 NY Rangers 3 at Detroit 4 (2OT) First Game 7 in Final decided in overtime
1954 Montreal 1 at Detroit 2 (OT) Most recent Game 7 in Final decided in overtime
1955 Montreal 1 at Detroit 3 Alex Delvecchio scored two; Gordie Howe added the other
1964 Detroit 0 at Toronto 4 Leafs' third straight Cup win; Johnny Bower recorded shutout
1965 Chicago 0 at Montreal 4 All goals in first period; Gump Worsley recorded the shutout
1971 Montreal 3 at Chicago 2 Henri Richard scored game-winner in third period
1987 Philadelphia 1 at Edmonton 3 Oilers tallied one goal in each period to overcome early deficit
1994 Vancouver 2 at NY Rangers 3 Mark Messier scored game-winner in second period
2001 New Jersey 1 at Colorado 3 Alex Tanguay had three points; Ray Bourque gets first Cup
2003 Anaheim 0 at New Jersey 3 Home clubs won all Final games for the first time since 1965
2004 Calgary 1 at Tampa Bay 2 Ruslan Fedotenko scored both Tampa Bay goals
2006 Edmonton 1 at Carolina 3 Frantisek Kaberle scored the game-winner in second period
2009 Pittsburgh 2 at Detroit 1 Maxime Talbot scored both Pittsburgh goals
2011 Boston 4 at Vancouver 0 Tim Thomas the first to post a road shutout in Game 7 of Final
MARCHAND CLIMBS ROOKIE PLAYOFF LISTS
Bruins forward Brad Marchand tallied a pair of goals in Game 7, bringing his playoff total to 11. Marchand finished the post-season tied for second place on the all-time list for rookie goals in one playoff year. He ranked fourth on the single-playoff rookie points list (11-8--19).
Most Goals by a Rookie, One Playoff Year
Year GP G
Dino Ciccarelli, Min. 1981 19 14
Brad Marchand, Bos. 2011 25 11
Jeremy Roenick, Chi. 1990 20 11
Claude Lemieux, Mtl. 1986 20 10
Patrick Flatley, NYI 1984 21 9
Most Points by a Rookie, One Playoff Year
Year GP G A Pts
Ciccarelli, Dino, Min. 1981 19 14 7 21
Leino, Ville, Phi. 2010 19 7 14 21
Maloney, Don, NYR 1979 18 7 13 20
Marchand, Brad, Bos. 2011 25 11 8 19
Mullen, Joe, St.L 1982 10 7 11 18
Pederson, Barry, Bos. 1982 11 7 11 18
Roenick, Jeremy, Chi. 1990 20 11 7 18
* Marchand tallied five goals in the Stanley Cup Final, tied for the most by a rookie since NHL teams exclusively began competing for the Stanley Cup in 1927. Marchand matched the total of another Bruin, Roy Conacher, who scored five times in Boston's five-game triumph over Toronto in the 1939 Stanley Cup Final.
HOME ICE WINNING STREAK ENDS AT SIX GAMES
The Bruins are the third road team to win the Stanley Cup after the home team had won the first six games of the Final, joining the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated the Detroit Red Wings, and the 1971 Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the Chicago Blackhawks.
Most Home Victories, Both Teams, Stanley Cup Final
7 New Jersey Devils (four), Anaheim Ducks (three), in 2003.
Montreal Canadiens (four), Chicago Blackhawks (three), in 1965.
Detroit Red Wings (four), Montreal Canadiens (three), in 1955.
6 Vancouver Canucks (three), Boston Bruins (three), in 2011
Detroit Red Wings (three), Pittsburgh Penguins (three), in 2009
Montreal Canadiens (three), Chicago Blackhawks (three), in 1971.
FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON, CUP CAMPAIGN BEGAN IN EUROPE
The Bruins are the third consecutive Stanley Cup champion that opened the regular season in Europe. The 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins played a pair of games against the Ottawa Senators in Stockholm, Sweden, the 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks met the Florida Panthers twice in Helsinki, Finland, while the Bruins faced the Phoenix Coyotes for two games in Prague, Czech Republic last October.
RECCHI WINS STANLEY CUP WITH THIRD CLUB
Playing in the 1,842nd game of his 22-year-old NHL career (1,652 regular-season and 190 playoff) and his 11th career Game 7, 43-year-old Bruins right wing Mark Recchi has captured the Stanley Cup with his third team. He previously earned a Cup ring with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
Recchi is the 10th player to skate for three different Stanley Cup-winning franchises. Frank Foyston, Jack Walker, Mike Keane and Joe Nieuwendyk had Cup wins with three different clubs, while Claude Lemieux, Hap Holmes, Al Arbour and Gord Pettinger won four Cup titles with three separate teams. Larry Hillman was a six-time winner with Detroit, Toronto and Montreal. Recchi also became the ninth player in League history to play in at least 11 Game 7s:
Most career Game Sevens
Patrick Roy 13
Scott Stevens 13
Glenn Anderson 12
Ken Daneyko 12
Stephane Yelle 12
Mark Recchi 11
Dave Andreychuk 11
Doug Gilmour 11
Al MacInnis 11
1,000-GAME BRUIN VETERANS CAPTURE FIRST STANLEY CUP
Two Bruins players who have played at least 1,000 NHL games (regular-season and playoff) captured their first Stanley Cup tonight. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is a veteran of 928 regular season and 100 playoff games in 13 seasons, while defenseman Tomas Kaberle has appeared in 902 regular-season and 102 playoff games in 12 seasons.
The Bruins' Stanley Cup win has delivered the Boston area a championship in each of the four major sports in the past six and a half years. The NFL Patriots won in 2005, the MLB Red Sox in 2007 and the NBA Celtics in 2008.
TAKING THE HARD ROAD: BRUINS CAPTURE RECORD THIRD GAME 7 IN ONE PLAYOFF
The Bruins set a playoff record by winning their third Game 7 of this post-season, having previously eliminated the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and Final, respectively. The 1993 Toronto Maple Leafs and 2002 Colorado Avalanche, the only previous clubs to appear in three, won their first two appearances and were eliminated in Game 7 of the Conference Finals.
The Bruins won a pair of series they trailed 2-0 (to Montreal and Vancouver), becoming the second Cup-winning club to accomplish the feat. The 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins overcame 2-0 series deficits to Washington and Detroit en route to the title.
SEIDENBERG CONTINUES SPORTING SUCCESS FOR GERMANY
Days after countryman and NBA star Dirk Nowitzki captured his first championship with the Dallas Mavericks, Bruins defenseman and Schwenningen, Germany native Dennis Seidenberg has won his first Stanley Cup. Seidenberg becomes the first German player to win the Stanley Cup since Colorado's Uwe Krupp in 1996. Seidenberg, a veteran of eight NHL seasons, appeared in all 25 playoff games for the Bruins and ranked second on the club in average ice time per game (27:37), a shade less than leader and defense partner Zdeno Chara (27:39).
CHARA SECOND EUROPEAN CAPTAIN TO RAISE THE STANLEY CUP
Boston captain Zdeno Chara, a native of Trencin, Slovakia, is the second European-trained captain to raise the Stanley Cup, following Sweden's Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. After Chara, the next five Bruins to lift the trophy were Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron, Tim Thomas, Tomas Kaberle and Andrew Ference.
FIRST GOAL WINS AGAIN
The team that scored the first goal won each of the seven Stanley Cup Final games and finished 68-21 in the 2011 playoffs overall (.764). The Bruins improved to 12-1 when they scored first.
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