A 46-25-11 regular season, seven games against Montreal, four against Philadelphia and another seven against Tampa Bay - it hasn't been an easy road, but it has led the Bruins to tonight: Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. For the first time in 21 years, fans will be cheering on the Black & Gold in hopes of bringing the Cup back to Boston. Doing so, however, will be no ease feat.
The Bs must defeat the regular season's 1st place points leader (117 vs Boston's 103), the Vancouver Canucks AKA the least likeable team in the NHL. The Canucks, who finished the regular season 54-19-9, will be seeking their first Stanley Cup in franchise history (they made appearances in '82 and '94).
To earn their spot in the Finals, Vancouver defeated Chicago in seven games, Nashville in six and San Jose in five.
The teams met only once this year, with the W going to Boston. On the 26th of February, Vancouver native Milan Lucic (1-2-3 on the night) led the Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Canucks. Thomas made 27 stops that night.
Of course, none of that matters tonight.