Congratulations to the 2010-11 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins*. Without a doubt, they were the best team in the Finals and absolutely deserved to beat the Canucks. Whether the Bruins* were the best team in the NHL this season is a moot point - they won the Cup so, by definition, they are the best.
We each picked the Canucks to win a close series, so let's analyze what happened - did we overrate the Canucks or underrate the Bruins*?
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But any analysis of this series begins and ends with Vancouver. Their performance in the Finals was epic softness. Straight baby thighs, son. It starts with the Sedins who were essentially invisible on the ice, but were even less effective off the ice. Daniel Sedin "guaranteed" the Canucks would win Game 7....and then changed his mind!!! Looking back, how could we have thought that the Canucks could win this game after that happened? Then there's Roberto Luongo, who was so bad in four of the games that he never even gave his team a chance to compete. He can fall back on the Olympic Gold if he wants to, but we're going to give that one to the real heroes - Sid and Iginla.
And then there are the Vancouver fans. You can't paint them all with a broad brush and say they are all drunken rioters who went abooot the city destroying things after the game. 99% of them didn't riot, and trust me, you don't want to have the characteristics of the worst 1% of people in your city attributed to you either. But what you can get on the fans for is the performance of the in-arena crowd. They were so tight, so nervous, so much in "waiting for something bad to happen" mode that, you guessed it, something bad was destined to happen. Either they put way too much pressure on themselves or the team or, maybe, they just realized Boston was better. Whatever the case, they weren't doing the team any favors.
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So congrats to the Bruins* and their fans. Nothing is better than the Cup. Enjoy it while it lasts.