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June 16, 2011

Six is B's lucky number

The Boston Bruins have captured their sixth Stanley Cup since joining the NHL in 1924-25 and their first championship since 1972.

They had lost each of their past five Final series, in 1974 (to Philadelphia), 1977 and 1978 (to Montreal) and 1988 and 1990 (to Edmonton). They rank fourth in NHL history. Montreal (23), Toronto (13), Detroit (11), Boston (6) and Edmonton (5).

Thomas second US-born MVP

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to "the most valuable player to his team in the playoffs." The winner is selected in a vote by a panel of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final. The Flint, Michigan native is the second U.S.-born player to take the Conn Smythe, joining New York Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch in 1994, and, at 37 years of age, is the oldest Conn Smythe recipient. Thomas was the Bruins' only goaltender during their Stanley Cup-winning run, finishing the playoffs with a 16-9 record, 1.98 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and four shutouts.

Marchand climbs rookie list

Bruins forward Brad Marchand tallied a pair of goals in Game 7, bringing his playoff total to 11. Marchand finished the post-season tied for second place on the all-time list for rookie goals in one playoff year. He ranked fourth on the single-playoff rookie points list (11-8—19). Marchand tallied five goals in the Stanley Cup Final, tied for the most by a rookie since NHL teams exclusively began competing for the Stanley Cup in 1927. Marchand matched the total of another Bruin, Roy Conacher, who scored five times in Boston's five-game triumph over Toronto in the 1939 Stanley Cup Final.

Home ice streak

The Bruins are the third road team to win the Stanley Cup after the home team had won the first six games of the Final, joining the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, who defeated the Detroit Red Wings, and the 1971 Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the Chicago Blackhawks.

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