The Bad Boys From Boston by Momma Gouche

In the first half of the first period in the Tampa Bay Lightning/Boston Bruins final it appeared to me as though Tampa was afire, but by the end of the period the Bruins had bolted ahead by out shooting the Lightning 15-9. Both Dwayne Roloson and Tim Thomas had stood their ground and thwarted of several dangerous threats. It was unbelievable hockey and undoubtably the best first period in all the series. These teams had come to play … and play they did. Amazingly enough there were no penalties and very little rough play. Steven Stamkos had taken a slapshot to his nose and it appeared as though he would be out for the duration.( He bravely returned to the ice with a cage). Roloson came up with a fantastic save (one of many) two minutes into the second period and the score remained scoreless in the period. Both goalies performed with great professional agility and this was the most exciting hockey one would wish to see. Boston had again outshot Tampa Bay. Nathan Horton tipped one past Roloson at 12.27 of the third. Not the most exciting goal, but it certainly proved the point, as it was the only goal of the game. Thus ended the game and the series. There had been no penalties in the game, which has not happened in 21 years. The Boston Bruins will meet the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday in Vancouver and the winner of that series will claim The Stanley Cup. Now for a little history of Canadian trips to The Cup that I have remembered, and others that I have gleaned from other hockey virtuosos (knowledgable fans). In 1993 the Montreal Canadiens claimed the Cup playing the Los Angeles Kings. In 1994 Vancouver lost to the New York Rangers. In 2007 Ottawa lost to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.(now known only as the Anaheim Ducks). Boston has claimed the cup six times, but has not been in the final since 1972. Perhaps there are others I have failed to mention, but the point is … the Stanley Cup has not been this side of the border for 18 years.It’s time for us to prove that hockey is … The Canadian Game. Good Luck Vancouver !!!

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