by Patrick Hoffman on 05/28/11 at 12:45 AM ET
Many Boston Bruins fans’ probably feel like this was a long time coming but for the first time since the 1989-90 season, the Bruins are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of -0 in Game 7 at the TD Garden.
This Game 7 had it all. For starters, the game had terrific saves from both Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas and Lightning netminder Dwayne Roloson. Roloson did everything he possibly could to give his team a chance to win a hockey game but unfortunately for him, the Lightning were not able to help out on the scoreboard.
Thomas was also solid in picking up the huge victory. He kept things simple, made the big save when his team needed to and of course, ended up with the W.
This game also had lots of guts displayed by both teams. Bruins’ forward Nathan Horton took a nasty shoulder hit in the first period but returned in the second period and scored the game winning goal in the third period.
On the Lightning side, Lightning forward Steven Stamkos took a puck to the nose in the second period. With a huge gash on his nose and with the nose most likely displaced on his face, Stamkos returned and showed what heart and guts he has as a hockey player.
This was a series that had it all. We had lots of scoring, some hard hitting, some excellent netminding displays and more importantly, great hockey all around.
Now, the Bruins have a chance to play for the Stanley Cup against the 1st place Vancouver Canucks. The Bruins beat the Canucks in their only regular season game but as we all know, the regular season means absolutely nothing come playoff time.
I hope you all enjoyed this series and are now getting pumped for the Stanley Cup Finals between two great hockey towns!
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