Thursday, June 16, 2011

Fun with Numbers: Boston Bruins are the Champs Edition

My "backed by the strength of aluminum" prediction of the Boston Bruins winning last night came to fruition. Yes, my own horn is tooting, but that's for a completely different reason. Last night, on my Facebook, I stated that Boston is the new Titletown, USA (which ESPN is regurgitating incessantly) because it has won all four major sports championships in 7 years, shattering the previous record of a 21-year span. Toot, toot. Anyway, here are some fun numbers and records dedicated to the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.

  • Tim Thomas "The Blank Engine" is the oldest Conn Smythe Trophy winner at age 37.
  • ...He also faced the most shots in a single postseason (849).
  • ...And had the most saves in a single postseason (798).
  • ...And allowed the fewest goals in a seven game series (8). To put that in perspective, Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo allowed the same amount in one game!!!
  • ...And had the lowest Goals Against Average (min. 5 games) at 1.15.
  • ...And the highest save percentage (min. 5 games) at .967.
  • ...And was the second goalie to have two game 7 shutouts in a single postseason (Patrick Roy in 2002).
  • ...And is the second American-born player to win the Conn Smythe
  • Boston was the first team to never trail by more than one goal.
  • Brad Marchand was the first rookie to score multiple goals (2) in a Stanley Cup finals game 7.
  • First time that a pair of teammates (Marchand and Bergeron) scored multiple goals in a Stanley Cup finals game 7.
  • Mark Recchi is the only player on the Bruins who was alive when the Bruins last won the Stanley Cup.
  • Boston is the first team to beat a Canada-based team in Canada in a game 7.
Records aside, this was a fantastic season and the NHL has many reasons to be proud. Congratulations to the Bruins and the city of Boston, the NEW TITLETOWN, USA.

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