Cornwall ON – It’s going to be a long summer for most likely soon to be traded Roberto Luongo. The former team captain will have to live with the weight of being the target for his team’s loss of Lord Stanley Cup as the Canucks fell to Boston in game seven with a whimper being shut out 4-0.
Yes, they out shot Boston, but once that first Patrice Bergeron goal his the back of the net the Hockey Gods had spoken.
It’s sad, because ultimately it was a team loss. The Sedin’s were simply shut down. Old man Mark Recchi was +3 for the night. He announced his retirement after the game. The Bruins best simply played their best including their now legendary Tim Thomas who sealed his legacy by having a Hall of Fame season and play offs.
Both teams lost players to injury, and yes, the refs putting the whistle away hurt the Canucks.
Habs fans particularily feel the sting of Zdeno Chara holding up the Stanley Cup too as his hit on Max Pacioretty changed the course of the season.
But in the end Boston wanted this cup more than any other team and did what ever it took to pay the price. Kudo’s to Brad Marchand who at 23 played a critical role for Boston in this series including his 3 points in the Cup winner.
Rookie Tyler Seguin also gets his name on the cup in his first season.
Next up is the silly season as Free Agency starts in two weeks.
In other NHL news the Ottawa Senators signed up their coach and I think it was a Sensational pick for the team. Paul Maclean has a great pedigree working for the Red Wings and just having a super rep. It will be his first head coaching gig and Ottawa has some great assets to build on.