After a dominant performance by the Boston Bruins against the Vancouver Canucks for the final game of the Stanley Cup finals, the Boston Bruins bring home the Stanley Cup to their city after three seven-game playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vancouver Canucks. It was well-deserved after the Stanley Cup drought since 1972. With their goalie Tim Thomas winning the Conn Smythe Trophy, he deserved the award with 37 saves and a 4-0 shutout to boot for the Bruins. Now the Bruins get to return home to add another trophy for Beantown. Proudly, he ended the post-season with a 1.98 GAA and .940 save percentage. His rival during the Stanley Cup final, Canucks Roberto Luongo, performed respectably, and he ended the post-season with 2.56 GAA and .914 save percentage. The Canucks suffered a disappointing last game to end the series on their home ice nonetheless, but it paled in comparison to what happened afterward.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing was that both the Boston Bruins fans and Vancouver Canucks fans caused major disturbances. Whereas the Canucks fans nearly destroyed their town, with 100 people arrested and 150 hurt, the Boston Bruins had seven people arrested, and they have appeared in the Boston Municipal Court. Perhaps it’s not the Philadelphia Eagles fans that should get a bad rap after all. Even with the celebration after the Philadelphia Phillies winning the 2008 World Series over the Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia got hit with some malcontents in Center City, but it paled in comparison to what happened on Wednesday night in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Concerning the sport of hockey and the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers still have a lot of issues to resolve, but they should solve the goalie issue first and foremost. The Flyers do have the physicality of the Boston Bruins, but they need to coordinate their forechecking much better. The Flyers should make their way into the playoffs again next season, as they have the talent to do so. Coach Peter Laviolette has some work to do this off-season.
Now as another sport has disappeared into the horizon for most of the country, now the clock is ticking on Major League Baseball as each month passes by. With the labor dispute in the NFL progressing with tempered optimism, sports fans, including myself, want a resolution to come as soon as possible. And by soon, I don’t mean late August or September. By that time, the playoffs for baseball teams will be coming into view. And by that time, either Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay or Cole Hamels will have their sights on the NL Cy Young Award for both of their outstanding performances this season to date. This has been quite the empty season of sports with no NFL mini-camp chatter or rookie speculation. Perhaps things are looking up. Perhaps not.