On this date nine years ago, the 2010-11 Boston Bruins went from a great hockey team to a historic one.
The Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks played a roller-coaster Stanley Cup Final series in 2011 that featured three one-goal games and three blowouts of four goals or more.
In Game 7 on June 15, 2011, the B's marched into Vancouver and handed the Canucks one of those blowouts.
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Please enjoy the final seconds from Boston's 4-0 victory over Vancouver in Game 7 that clinched the franchise's sixth Stanley Cup championship:
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 15, 2020
The Bruins got two goals each from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and another stellar performance from goaltender Tim Thomas, who pitched his second shutout of the series en route to earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP.
June 15, 2011
Boston Bruins win their 6th Stanley Cup
Tim Thomas (37 saves) shuts out the Vancouver Canucks and the Bruins win Game 7 of the Cup finals (4-0) behind 2 goals each by Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron
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— Boston Sports Info (@bostonsportsinf) June 15, 2020
The Bruins' historic run helped end the team's 39-year championship drought, and the key members of that club became staples of the franchise for the next decade: Bergeron, Marchand, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask all are cornerstone players on the 2019-20 B's.
Boston has lost twice in the Stanley Cup Final since then -- in 2013 to the Chicago Blackhawks and last year to the St. Louis Blues -- and the coronavirus pandemic has delayed the team's chance to make it back a third time.
The B's boasted the NHL's best record when the league hit pause back in March, though, so when play (hopefully) resumes later this summer, they'll be well-positioned to make another Cup run with several members of that 2011 team still in tow.
Re-watch final seconds of Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup win on 9-year anniversary originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston